Polmic - FB

news

Sound Chronicle of the 2020 ‘Warsaw Autumn’ Festival now available

Okładka Kroniki WJ 2020

Still with delay - because of financing troubles with finding funds in previous years - we present to you the next, 2020 edition of the ‘Sound Chronicle of the Warsaw Autumn’.

Unfortunately we did not succeed to obtain enough fundings to produce large sets, as it was the case many years ago (when the 'Sound Chronicle' consisted of 7 to 10 CDs). Therefore, similarily to that of the last year, the 2020 ‘Sound Chronicle of the Warsaw Autumn’ consists of three audio CDs and presents recordings of some concerts, including the inauguration and final event.

Here you will find a list of compositions published on promotional CDs of the Sound Chronicle of the 2020 'Warsaw Autumn' Festival:

CD nr 1 (polmic 168)

/ 1
ElettroVoce (Agata Zubel & Cezary Duchnowski)
Whims for semantoabsorbing phonotyser (2020)
for voice, electronics and piano
and orchestra
First performance
Warsaw Autumn commission with the support by Society of Authors ZAiKS
ElettroVoce: Agata Zubel soprano
Cezary Duchnowski electronics, piano
Barbara Okon-Makowska, Aleksandra Koniuch, Piotr Papier sound projection
/ 2
Aleksandra Kaca
rilievo (2020)
for orchestra and electronics
First performance
Warsaw Autumn commission with the support by Society of Authors ZAiKS
POLISH NATIONAL RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA IN KATOWICE
Monika Wolinska conductor
Barbara Okon-Makowska, Aleksandra Koniuch, Piotr Papier sound projection
/ 3
ElettroVoce (Agata Zubel & Cezary Duchnowski)
Whims for desemantric verbaphone (2020)
for voice, electronics and piano
First performance
Warsaw Autumn commission with the support by Society of Authors ZAiKS
ElettroVoce: Agata Zubel soprano
Cezary Duchnowski electronics, piano
Barbara Okon-Makowska, Aleksandra Koniuch, Piotr Papier sound projection
/ 4
Mikołaj Laskowski 
Infectious (Feel It®) (2020)
for big band and electronics
First performance
Warsaw Autumn commission with the support by Society of Authors ZAiKS 
CHOPIN UNIVERSITY BIG BAND
Piotr Kostrzewa big band coaching
WARSAW PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Maciej Tomasiewicz conductor
Barbara Okon-Makowska, Ewa Guziołek-Tubelewicz, Aleksandra Koniuch, Michał Bereza sound projection
/ 5
Joanna Woźny 
canti in/versi (2020)
for choir and electronics
First performance 
Warsaw Autumn and Warsaw Philharmonic commission
WARSAW PHILHARMONIC CHOIR
Bartosz Michałowski conductor
Barbara Okon-Makowska, Ewa Guziołek-Tubelewicz, Aleksandra Koniuch, Michał Bereza sound projection
/ 6
Żaneta Rydzewska 
don’t look (2020)
for two violins, accordion, piano, percussion and electronics
First performance
Composed thanks to the support by Society of Authors ZAiKS
Barbara Mglej violin
Paulina Wos-Gucik violin
Martyna Zakrzewska piano
Aleksandra Gołaj percussion
Alena Budzináková-Palus accordion, electronics
Stanisław Zarychta video
Przemysław Kunda sound projection
/ 7
Kuba Krzewiński
Contre no. 2 (2019)
for piano and gran cassa
Lutosławski Piano Duo:
Emilia Sitarz & Bartłomiej Wąsik

CD nr 2 (polmic 169)

/ 1
Monika Szpyrka 
Zoom in/dolly out (2020)
for ensemble and electronics
First performance
Composed thanks to the support by Society of Authors ZAiKS
Barbara Mglej violin
Paulina Wos-Gucik violin
Martyna Zakrzewska piano
Aleksandra Gołaj percussion
Alena Budzináková-Palus accordion, electronics
Stanisław Zarychta video
Przemysław Kunda sound projection
/ 2
Martyna Kosecka 
Isorropía. In Search of Balance (2020)
for amplified quintet and electroacoustic layer
First performance
Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Society commission
Cofinanced by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage’s Culture Promotion Fund within the Composing Commissions programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance
Barbara Mglej violin
Paulina Wos-Gucik violin
Martyna Zakrzewska piano
Aleksandra Gołaj percussion
Alena Budzináková-Palus accordion, electronics
Stanisław Zarychta video
Przemysław Kunda sound projection
/ 3
Teoniki Rożynek
Float (2020)
for instrumental ensemble
First performance
Warsaw Autumn commission with the support by Society of Authors ZAiKS
EUROPEAN WORKSHOP FOR CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
Rüdiger Bohn conductor
/ 4
Rafał Zapała
Futility (2020)
for five instruments, electronics and video
First performance
Warsaw Autumn commission with the support by Society of Authors ZAiKS
ENSEMBLE VORTEX:
Anne Gillot recorder
Benoît Morel viola
Aurélien Ferrette cello
Tomás Fernández double bass
Mauricio Carrasco guitar
Daniel Zea electronics
Arturo Corrales ensemble coordinator
Marek Straszak visual layer in the work of Rafał Zapała
Szymon Kaliski interactive system in the work of Rafał Zapała
/ 5
Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil
The Nightingale and the Stone (2020)
for two pianos and two percussion
from the cycle Reportages
First performance
Warsaw Autumn commission
Cofinanced by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage’s Culture Promotion Fund within the Composing Commissions programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance
KWADROFONIK:
Emilia Sitarz piano
Bartłomiej Wasik piano
Magdalena Kordylasinska-Pekala percussion
Piotr Maslanka percussion
Kamil Keska sound projection

CD nr 3 (polmic 170)

/ 1
Paweł Hendrich
Prismiris
 (2018)
for string trio
NFM STRING TRIO LEOPOLDINUM:
Christian Danowicz violin
Michał Micker viola
Marcin Misiak cello
/ 2
Tomasz Skweres
Concertino
 (2018)
for string orchestra
NFM LEOPOLDINUM ORCHESTRA
Christian Danowicz conductor
/ 3
Przemysław Scheller
The Little Match Girl (2019)
for string orchestra
NFM LEOPOLDINUM ORCHESTRA
Christian Danowicz conductor
/ 4-6
Ewa Trębacz
Metanoia (2020)
concerto for violin, string orchestra and surround sound
First performance
National Forum of Music commission 
Cofinanced by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage’s Culture Promotion Fund within the Composing Commissions programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance
Adam Bałdych violin
NFM LEOPOLDINUM ORCHESTRA
Christian Danowicz conductor
Paweł Hendrich electronics (live)
Ewa Trębacz, electronics (fixed-media)
In the electronic layer: Josiah Boothby – French horn, Ewa Trębacz – violin

/ 7
Anna Sowa
Message for the Year of the Metal Rat II (2020)
for two violins, accordion, piano, percussion and electronics
First performances
Composed thanks to the support by Society of Authors ZAiKS
Barbara Mglej violin
Paulina Wos-Gucik violin
Martyna Zakrzewska piano
Aleksandra Gołaj percussion
Alena Budzináková-Palus accordion, electronics
Stanisław Zarychta video
Przemysław Kunda sound projection

hta video
Przemysław Kunda sound projection

At the same time we continue online presentation of the ‘Sound Chronicle’ with the Festival’s chosen works. You may listen to excerpts of the 2020 Warsaw Autumn under the 'LISTEN ONLINE' bookmark and on  https://bibliotekazkp.org.pl/.

The project has been subsidised by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the National Institute of Music and Dance programme ‘Muzyczny ślad‘ (Musical Trace).

 

Logo_NIMIT logo_MKiDN

 

 

 

   

 

The album was released thanks to the support of the ZAiKS Authors' Association. The project partner was Repliq Media Sp. z o.o. We cordially thank all those institutions for their generous support.

logo_Repliq logo_ZAiKS

 

 

 

 

 

The Polish Composers' Union own releases are intended solely for promotional, educational and research purposes. They are not intended for sale. They are provided free of charge to interested institutions and individuals, but due to the very small circulation and large interest, priority is given to music libraries, where a broad audience can benefit from each set. If you are interested, please contact the Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC (contact: Izabela Zymer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Read more: Sound Chronicle of the 2020 ‘Warsaw Autumn’ Festival now available

Poznań | Premiere performance of 'Don't turn!' dyptych by Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa

Amadeus 15.1.23 prThe Amadeus Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra invites you to the first concert in the New Year on the 15th of January, 2023 at 18.00. The premiere of the diptych for two flutes and chamber orchestra, Don't Turn! by Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa will be performed.

The soloists will be two well-known flutists: Agata Kielar-Długosz and Łukasz Długosz. Co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the ‘Composers' Commissions’ programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

After the break, the ensemble conducted by Anna Duczmal-Mróz will perform the Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Max Bruch arranged by Agnieszka Duczmal. The solo part will be performed by the violinist Krzysztof Jakowicz. We will also hear Ernest Bloch's Concerto Grosso No. 2 B.84.

Ticket information: www.amadeus.pl 

Rzeszów-Strzyżów | 52nd Musicological Conference of the Polish Composers' Union ‘Polish Music. Tradition and modernity’

POLMIC

The Musicologist Section of the Polish Composers' Union invites you to participate in the 52nd Musicological Conference of the Polish Composers' Union ‘Polish Music. Tradition and modernity’, which will be held in Rzeszów-Strzyżów on September 7-9, 2023. Applications should deadline is the 31st of March (to be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Kinga Fink).

The aim of the conference is to look again at the Polish musical tradition. To what extent are we still moved by the term ‘Polish music’ today and how do we approach native music? What is Polish music and how do we understand it today?

Read more: Rzeszów-Strzyżów | 52nd Musicological Conference of the Polish Composers' Union ‘Polish Music....

Katowice | Organ Inauguration vol. 2: Julian Gembalski

NOSPR 15.1.23Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

The second concert as part of the organ inauguration at NOSPR will take place on the 15th of January, 2023 at 12.00. Julian Gębalski, the organist, who is the author of the concept of the new instrument and acts as an expert in the entire project, will perform. During his recital, he will appear not only as a performer, but also as a composer and improviser.

He will perform his own composition Epitaph for the first time. Other works in the programme of the concert will be Johann Sebastian Bach's Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 547 as well as Pièce héroïque by César Franck, I Organ Sonata No. 1 in D minor by Alexandre Guilmant and Litanies JA 119 – the most famous organ work by Jehan Alain.

More: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/julian-gembalski

Read more: Katowice | Organ Inauguration vol. 2: Julian Gembalski

Nakło nad Notecią | 7th Piano Competition for Children and Youth

KonkursBlechacza 23 pr

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

The Piano Competition for Children and Youth under the Honorary Patronage of Rafał Blechacz is back! The 7th edition will take place on March 25, 2023. We would like to invite young talents from all over Poland to participate!

Over the past years, nearly 200 participants have taken part in the Competition. We have had pianist from Warsaw, Gdańsk, Poznań, Jelenia Góra, Strzelin, Słupca, Koło, Lipno, Sieradz, Solec Kujawski, Cekcyn, Konin, Chełmża, Toruń, Włocławek, Gdynia, Inowrocław, Białystok, Kraków and Bydgoszcz. An opportunity to expand this list is coming soon, and you, a young pianist, can contribute to it!

Competition auditions in three age groups will be conducted only live in Nakielski Ośrodek Kultury under the supervision of a professional jury:

  • 1st group: classes I - II c.6 and class I c.4
  • 2nd group: classes III - IV c.6 and class II c.4
  • 3rd group: classes V - VI c.6 and classes III - IV c.4

NOTE: We are awaiting for applications until March 1, 2023 only.

Rules and regulation as well as application form available at: www.gmina-naklo.pl/konkurspianistyczny 

Read more: Nakło nad Notecią | 7th Piano Competition for Children and Youth

Katowice | Organ Inauguration

NOSPR 13.1.23Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

The inauguration of the NOSPR organs will take place on the 13th of January 13, 2023 at 19.30. That evening, the newest composition by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Concerto for organ and orchestra, will be performed for the first time, a work co-commissioned by NOSPR and its friends, the best concert halls in Europe.

The solo part will be performed by Iveta Apkalna – a charismatic Latvian organist who, as the first virtuoso of this instrument in the world, was honoured with the prestigious ECHO Klassik award.

Esa-Pekka Salonen will lead the orchestra not only in his own composition, but also in two works representing European modernism: the ballet-pantomime The Miraculous Mandarin by Béla Bartók and Symphony No. 4 by Witold Lutosławski.

More: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/nospr-esa-pekka-salonen-iveta-apkalna-inauguracja-organow-w 

Bydgoszcz | 70 years of Pomeranian Philarmonic, 100th birthday of Andrzej Szwalbe

FP 13.1.23 pr

A unique concert on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the ‘nationalization’ of the Pomeranian Philharmonic and the inauguration of the 100th anniversary of Andrzej Szwalbe's birth will take place on the 13th of January, 2023 at 19.00. Mykola Diadiura will be conducting the performance. The concert will begin with the premiere of a fanfare by Oskar Hrankowski - winner of the 1st prize in the National Competition for fanfare ‘70 years of the Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz’.

We will then hear Witold Lutosławski's Little Suite for symphony orchestra, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's Symphony No. 4 "Tansman Epizody" and Piano Concerto in A minor by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the patron of the institution. The soloist will be Jakub Kuszlik - winner of the 4th  Prize at the 18th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition.

Ticket information: https://filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl/kalendarz/70-lat-filharmonii-pomorskiej/ 

Read more: Bydgoszcz | 70 years of Pomeranian Philarmonic, 100th birthday of Andrzej Szwalbe

Wrocław | Happy Isles

NFM 12.1.23 prPatronat medialny nad sezonem koncertowym 2022 / 2023 NFM sprawuje Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej POLMIC.

During the concert in the Chamber Hall of the National Forum of Music on the 12th of January, 2023 at 19.00 Szymon Komasa will present a wide selection of songs.

In addition, the repertoire will be enriched by works by Johannes Brahms and masterpieces of French music from the output of Claude Debussy or Erik Satie - arranged for two pianos, performed by Sophia Muñoz and Adam Kośmieja.

Komasa will perform two of Stefan Kisielewski’s song from the Seven Songs cycle: The Blind Sleepwalker's Prayer and Happy Isles Request.

We will also hear pre-war songs by Grażyna Bacewicz: Roses and Loneliness.

Press release

More: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/9244 

Read more: Wrocław | Happy Isles

Toruń | 'Polish Music Scene': Katarzyna Budnik and Grzegorz Mania

ScenaMuzyki 1.23New year - new concerts as part of the "Polish Music Stage", organized by the National Institute of Music and Dance! On the 12th of January, 2023 at 6.00 p.m., the violist Katarzyna Budnik and the pianist Grzegorz Mania will perform at the Jordanki Cultural and Congress Center in Toruń.

The concert opens with a late-romantic sonata by Wojciech Gawroński. We will also hear the Sonata-Fantasia in G minor, Op. 106 by Philipp Scharwenka for viola and piano.

The programme also includes the Sonata No. 3, written by Mieczysław Wajnberg in 1945. Version of the Sonata for viola and piano was recently recorded by the duo for the first time in Poland.

Read more: Toruń | 'Polish Music Scene': Katarzyna Budnik and Grzegorz Mania