PMC Gifts: Aug 2020

Wiesław Dąbrowski, President of the AVE ARTE Foundation and director of the Paderewski International Festival in Warsaw, recently sent us two very interesting items. The first is a program booklet of the Sixth International Paderewski Festival that was held November 2-10, 2019 in Warsaw. With several attractive venues (The Royal Castle, Lutosławski Concert Studio, Warsaw…Continue Reading PMC Gifts: Aug 2020

Wawrowski Rediscovers and Records Różycki

Following on successful premiere performances of the Violin Concerto of Ludomir Różycki (1883-1953) by soloist Janusz Wawrowski in January 2020, an exciting premiere recording of the work has been announced for release in Spring 2021. According to an article in The Guardian, the manuscript for this 1944 composition had been buried by Różycki in a…Continue Reading Wawrowski Rediscovers and Records Różycki

New Weinberg Opera Recording

WEINBERG, M.: Wir gratulieren! Mieczysław Weinberg (1919 – 1996): Pozdravlyayem! [Congratulations!] (1975)—arr. H. Koch for chamber orchestra, and sung in German as Wir Gratulieren! Robert Elibay-Hartog; Katia Guedes; Anna Gütter; Jeff Martin; Olivia Saragosa; Kammerakademie Potsdam; Vladimir Stoupel, cond. Oehms Classics OC990 (Aug 2020) According to Naxos Records distributors: Here’s a rarity and a world…Continue Reading New Weinberg Opera Recording

Silesian Uprisings in Memoriam

On 23 August 2020, the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship, Jakub Chełstowski, and the Silesian Philharmonic commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of the Second Silesian Uprising with the music of the orchestra’s patron, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki—one of the most important Polish composers of the 20th century, who was also a Silesian. This significant…Continue Reading Silesian Uprisings in Memoriam

Premieres at Experimental Tuesdays

Some of today’s best contemporary music ensembles performed premieres of new Polish works on the stage at Grochowska 272—home of Sinfonia Varsovia—during the first three Tuesdays in August,. This new series, called “Experimental Tuesdays,” were a part of the 20th edition of the Sinfonia Varsovia ‘To Its City’ Festival.  The featured ensembles, famous for their unconventional…Continue Reading Premieres at Experimental Tuesdays

Concert on the 150th birth anniversary of Zygmunt Stojowski

A concert dedicated to the 150th birth anniversary of Zygmunt Stojowski will be held on 23 August 2020 at the Palace on the Isle in Royal Łazienki Park in Warsaw. The concert is part of the series “Jubilees of Polish composers in Royal Łazienki Park” and is organized by the Institute of Music and Dance, with…Continue Reading Concert on the 150th birth anniversary of Zygmunt Stojowski

“Chopin and His Europe” Int’l Music Festival 2020

The 16th edition of the “Chopin and his Europe” International Music Festival will run from 15 August to 1 September 2020 in Warsaw. Apart from Polish music, this year’s program will present works by Ludwig van Beethoven in masterful interpretations, as part of the celebration of the composer’s 250th birth anniversary.  Despite these difficult times, audiences…Continue Reading “Chopin and His Europe” Int’l Music Festival 2020

13th New Town Summer Festival & Kisiel Premiere

The New Town Summer Festival is a periodic event devoted to Polish music, presenting works from various historical periods, in different styles and various performances. This year’s edition will be held on 7-23 August  2020 in Warsaw. The inaugural concert will feature rediscovered pieces for violin and piano by Piotr Maszyński, Feliks Nowowiejski, Adam Wieniawski,…Continue Reading 13th New Town Summer Festival & Kisiel Premiere

16th Festival of Polish Music: Triumph of Live Music

Great works by Krzysztof Penderecki and Józef Kozłowski, Mikołaj Gomółka’s psalms, piano music of Chopin’s time and the first performance of the original version of Karol Kurpiński’s opera Jadwiga, the Polish Queen – this is, in a nutshell, the 16th edition of the Festival of Polish Music, which will run from 6 to 9 August 2020 in Kraków. Live…Continue Reading 16th Festival of Polish Music: Triumph of Live Music