PMC GIFTS: Feb-March 2021

POLMIC’s Easter Surprise  Together with the director Mieczysław Kominek, our friends at the Polish Music Information Centre in Warsaw (POLMIC) once again came through for us with a most thoughtful and timely gift. For many years already, we have been on the receiving end of POLMIC’s largesse and have happily accepted sets of unique recordings…Continue Reading PMC GIFTS: Feb-March 2021

Augustyn’s Interview

Nowy Dziennik, the New York City based Polish weekly, featured an extensive interview in Polish with violinist Kinga Augustyn. Published on 14 February 2021, the article entitled Muzyczny świat Kingi Augustyn [The Music World of Kinga Augustyn] begins with a discussion of the two most recent recordings by this Polish virtuosa, who is also a…Continue Reading Augustyn’s Interview

Ptaszyńska on YouTube

New York Dance and Art Innovations [NYDAI] has posted a video conversation with Marta Ptaszyńska, a distinguished Polish composer living in the United States since the 1970s, on YouTube. Part of the NYDAI “Quarantine Talks,” Ptaszyńska is interviewed by her younger Polish colleague, Jakub Polaczyk, NYDAI’s Vice President and Artistic Director. Ptaszyńska’s wide ranging interview…Continue Reading Ptaszyńska on YouTube

PMC Gifts: January 2021

Bacewicz by Fierro Pianist Nancy Fierro, a longtime PMC friend and a Grażyna Bacewicz expert, recently made another important donation to our library. It includes the piano reduction score and a full orchestral score of Bacewicz’s late work, the 1966 Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra (see our Manuscript Collection for information on the manuscript…Continue Reading PMC Gifts: January 2021

Preview of Opałka’s Party Crasher

A teaser for the new electroacoustic work by Tomasz Jakub Opałka, entitled Party Crasher, is now up online. It features performances on the cello by Magdalena Bojanowicz-Koziak and the composer on synths, percussion, and trombone. Headphones or a good sound system are recommended for listening, because of the very interesting and loud low frequencies in…Continue Reading Preview of Opałka’s Party Crasher

First Complete Edition of Ballads by Jadwiga Sarnecka

The first complete edition of six Ballads for piano solo composed by Jadwiga Sarnecka (1873? -1913) has been published by the Eufonium publishing house. This recent edition was based entirely on the composer’s extant manuscripts preserved at the Jagiellonian University Library, which were researched and edited by Marek Szlezer, a Krakow-based pianist and scholar. According…Continue Reading First Complete Edition of Ballads by Jadwiga Sarnecka

Musicological Conferences in Poland Go Online

“Hear the Future” from Szczecin  What will the future sound like? On 16 February 2021, the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin held a conference to explore just that. As part of the campaign “I hear good sounds,” various research perspectives of acoustic ecology—in anthropology, philosophy, sociology, media studies—and in the fields of medicine—otolaryngology and neuropsychology—were…Continue Reading Musicological Conferences in Poland Go Online

Recent Polish Recordings

LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 Symphonic works by Witold Lutosławski (1913 – 1994) Finnish Radio Symphony, Hannu Lintu – cond. Ondine ODE 1332-5 From the website of Ondine Records: Second volume in the Witold Lutosławski (1913–1994) symphony cycle by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and its chief conductor Hannu Lintu brings together two…Continue Reading Recent Polish Recordings

UPDATED: Jazztopad ‘Great Improvisation’ series Livestreams in February

Please note: the performers originally slated for February 19 (Maniucha & Ksawery) are unable to perform due to Covid-19 quarantine—they will return to the Jazztopad lineup in May/June. Instead, the dynamic Janusz Prusinowski Kompania will be performing in the February 19 at 11:00 a.m. PST slot! See updated information below. The Jazztopad Festival, in partnership…Continue Reading UPDATED: Jazztopad ‘Great Improvisation’ series Livestreams in February

Online Piano Academy

The Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City will conduct an Online Piano Academy February 26-28, 2021. Open to all aspiring artists under the age of 30, the academy’s students will have an opportunity to work with distinguished pianists, as well as laureates and jurors of international piano competitions, including Piotr Paleczny, Krzysztof Jabłoński, Ewa Pobłocka,…Continue Reading Online Piano Academy