Gifts to PMC February 2020

From Dr. Anna Feliks, director of the Otwock Branch of the National Museum in Warsaw and a good friend and partner in the 2019 Paderewski Festival Cultural Exchange Program, we recently received the following Paderewski-related items:

  • Paderewski: Piano Music for Two and Four Hands performed by Duo Granat—Waldemar Malicki and Tamara Granat. This DUX 0328 CD features several works for solo piano from Op. 14 and 16 as well as the Tatra Album, Op. 12 for piano four-hands.
  • A 2-CD DUX 0324/0325 set of Paderewski’s piano rolls recordings with works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Paderewski, and Schubert.
  • Warsztat kompozytorski, wykonawstwo i koncepcje polityczne Ignacego Jana Paderewskiego [Compositional Style, Performing and Political Concepts of Ignacy Jan Paderewski]. This Jagiellonian University volume features variety of articles from the May 1991 conference on Paderewski. Authors include Jolanta Baumann, Marian Marek Drozdowski, Werner Fuchs, Andrzej Piber, Franciszek Pulit, Wojciech Rojek, Anne Strakacz-Appleton, and others.
  • Polak miary niepospolitej [A Pole of Exceptional Measure]. Catalogue of an exhibit featuring various documents, photographs and museum objects related to Paderewski and displayed at the Royal Łazienki Palace on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of Paderewski’s birth in 2000.
  • Amerykańskie trasy koncertowe Ignacego Jana Paderewskiego [American Concert Tours of Ignacy Jan Paderewski] by Anna Feliks and Karolina Kurant. Catalogue of a 2019 exhibit of items from the collections of the National Museum in Warsaw, shown at the Otwock Wielki palace.
  • Paderewski i Warszawa [Paderewski and Warsaw], edited by Ryszard Bobrow and Jerzy Gmurek. A richly illustrated album about the palace at Otwock Wielki and an extensive catalogue of Paderewski-related items on display there.
  • Paderewski in Memoriam—VIII Dni Ignacego Jana Paderewskiego. A catalogue of the 1998 Festival held in Warsaw, Pułtusk and Zhytomir (Ukraine). Published by the Paderewski in Memoriam Foundation with the Museum of Paderewski and Polish Diaspora and the National Museum in Warsaw.
  • Two boxes of notepaper with a cartoon drawing of Paderewski at the piano
  • Two bookmarks with a portrait of Paderewski by Lawrence Alma-Tadema
  • A silk pocket square with the design of stain glass window by Stanisław Wyspiański

From Allegra Chapman & Laura Gaynon—co-founders of the Bard Music West festival in San Francisco—we received two copies of the deeply researched and beautifully laid out program of this year’s Festival. Dedicated to Grażyna Bacewicz in her anniversary year, the programs of each concert in the 3rd edition of the Festival encapsulate a different period in Bacewicz’s growth as a composer. Her works are artfully juxtaposed with those of her contemporaries, and presented in their historical context through the excellent program notes provided by musicologist Marta Beszterda and composer/writer Benjamin Pesetsky. Congratulations on a successful Festival, and thank you for sharing your programs with the PMC audience!

From Agata Wolska of the Arte Fundacja Kultury i Edukacji [Arte Culture and Education Foundation], we received the following 3 excellent CDs:

  • Wajnbeg trio (Wajnberg, Tansman, Czajkowski) ACD 247-2
  • Musiquette B: Karlheinz Stockhausen Stimmung (proMODERN version) BR 1057
  • proMODERN Comfort Zone (Penderecki, Szmytka, Blecharz, Kosciow, Lutoslawski, Tabakiernik, Ryterski) DUX1634

All of these fascinating items will be added to our book and sound libraries, reference materials and  display cases. Thank you! Dziekujemy!