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Koszalin | 53rd International Organ Festival


The 53rd International Organ Festival organised by the Stanisław Moniuszko Koszalin Philharmonic – one of the largest and oldest festivals in Poland – will be held between 5 July and 30 August 2019.

The International Organ Festival returns to the cathedral in Koszalin. The 9 main concerts will be held there, featuring musicians from around the world: Poland, the Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Luxembourg, Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Italy. Festival concerts will also take place in churches in Darłowo, Białogard, Bobolice, Dźwirzyno, Mielno, Szczecinek and Sarbinowo. The world-famous violinist Konstanty Andrzej Kulka will take part in the final concert.

During the inauguration concert, the Choir of the Koszalin University "Canzon", the Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra and soloists under Karol Borsuk will perform works of Feliks Nowowiejski, Marian Sawa, Mieczysław Surzyński and Stanisław Moniuszko. The programme of the Festival also includes compositions by Adam Jarzębski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wojciech Kilar, Krzesimir Dębski, Marek Czerniewicz, Maciej Śmietański, Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk and Fryderyk Chopin. On 2 June, the vocal group Art'n'Voices will premiere choral works by Polish composers of the young generation: Marek Raczyński and Jakub Szafrański.

Full programme available at: http://filharmoniakoszalinska.pl/ 

Kraków | 15th Festival of Polish Music


The 15th an­ni­ver­sa­ry Fe­sti­val of Po­lish Mu­sic will be held on 5-20 July 2019 in Kraków.

The Fe­sti­val has be­en or­ga­ni­zed sin­ce 2005 by the Po­lish Mu­sic As­so­cia­tion, fo­un­ded by a gro­up of mu­si­co­lo­gi­sts, cul­tu­re ma­na­gers and mu­sic lo­vers. The es­sen­ce of the fe­sti­val is not on­ly to pre­sent va­lu­able works by Po­lish com­po­sers, writ­ten from the Mid­dle Ages to the pre­sent day, but al­so to con­trast them with the world's mu­sic and di­splay them in va­rio­us con­te­xts. The or­ga­ni­zers aim to mo­bi­li­ze the cre­ation of com­po­si­tio­nal art by com­mis­sio­ning and pre­mi­èring works of con­tem­po­ra­ry mu­sic.

To da­te, the fe­sti­val's stars ha­ve in­c­lu­ded pia­ni­sts Ivo Po­go­re­lich and Ni­co­lai Kho­zy­ainov, worl­d-fa­mo­us vio­li­nist Ni­gel Ken­ne­dy, as well as the Aca­de­my of St.-Mar­ti­n-i­n-the­-Fields, the Lon­don Sin­fo­niet­ta, Elż­bie­ta Choj­nac­ka, Aki­ko Su­wa­nai, Piers La­ne, Pe­ter Ja­blon­ski, Jo­na­than Plow­ri­ght, Gri­go­ri Zhy­slin and ma­ny others. Such di­stin­gu­ished per­so­na­li­ties on the Po­lish mu­sic sce­ne as Krzysz­tof Pen­de­rec­ki, Agniesz­ka Ducz­mal and Je­rzy Mak­sy­miuk ha­ve al­so ap­pe­ared, and the Fe­sti­val has ho­sted such di­stin­gu­ished com­po­sers as Woj­ciech Ki­lar, Hen­ryk Mi­ko­łaj Gó­rec­ki and Pa­weł My­kie­tyn.

This year's anniversary edition will feature eight concerts and a performance of Stanisław Moniuszko's Halka in Italian. The programme will also include Polish contemporary music. On 14 July, the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Franck Chastrusse will perform works by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Emil Młynarski. On 18 July, Sinfonietta Cracovia conducted by Jurek Dybała will present works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Feliks Janiewicz, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Tadeusz Baird, and Mieczysław Weinberg.

Full programme available at: http://www.fmp.org.pl/ 

Gdańsk | 42nd International Festival of Organ, Choir and Chamber Music


The 42nd edition of the International Festival of Organ, Choir and Chamber Music will begin on 5 July and will last until 30 August 2019. The concerts will take place every Friday at 8:15 pm in St. Mary's Basilica in Gdańsk. Additionally, on Thursday, 15 August, at 8:30 pm a special concert will celebrate the Feast of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Ten concerts will feature artists from Belgium, the United States and Poland. Varied organ and choral repertoire will include works from all periods, written in different styles: from ancient masterpieces of organ music through the well-known classical compositions to contemporary music inspired by folklore and jazz. The programme will also included music by Polish composers: Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Mieczysław Surzyński, Feliks Nowowiejski, Jacek Sykulski, Aldona Nawrocka and Filip Cieszyński. In addition, the festival will premiere Ciacona for violin and organ by Bogusław Grabowski.

More information at: www.festiwalorganowy.pl and www.facebook.com/bazylikamariacka 

7th "Emanacje" International Music Festival


The 7th edition of "Emanacje" Music Festival will be held between 30 June and 1 September 2019, featuring several dozen concerts in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship.

This year's concerts will take place in Szymbark, Gorlice, Biecz, Oświęcim, Niepołomice, Nowy Wiśnicz, Sucha Beskidzka, Szczawnica, Tarnów, Nowy Sącz, Kąśna Dolna, Dębno and Kraków. The festival center will be located in the the Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Center in Lusławice. Festival events will take place every weekend, offering the Lesser Poland audience and visitors of the region a rich musical repertoire performed by the best musicians of the young generation and their masters. The festival will feature, among others, Sinfonietta Cracovia Orchestra, Orchestra of the Leoš Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava, Tarnów Chamber Orchestra, Arte Dei Suonatori, Penderecki Youth Orchestra and Adam Bałdych Quartet.

The star of the festival will be Janusz Wawrowski, who will lead the Warsaw String Players Orchestra composed of the most talented students and graduates of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. The concertmaster and founder of the orchestra will play the violin of the legendary luthier Antonio Stradivari. The programme will include works by Mieczysław Karłowicz, Béla Bartók, Mieczysław Weinberg and Krzysztof Penderecki.

Full programme available at: https://penderecki-center.pl/ 

Gdańsk | A tribute concert to President Paweł Adamowicz

Euro Chamber

A tribute concert to President Paweł Adamowicz, who passed away tragically half a year ago, will take place on 14 July 2019 in St. Mary's Basilica in Gdańsk as part of the 8th Euro Chamber Music Festival.

Euro Chamber Music Festival Gdańsk is the largest international festival of chamber music in northern Poland which attracts renowned artists as well as promotes upcoming musicinas. The idea of organising a concert in tribute to President Pawał Adamowicz came from the Gdańsk ensemble Duo del Gesú, composed of French violinist of Polish descent Arnaud Kaminski and violist Krzyszrof Komendarek-Tymendorf, an ambassador of the social campaign Save the Music.

Cappella Gedanensis under Rafał Kłoczko will perform works by Giacomo Puccini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Eugeniusz Głowski, Stanisław Moniuszko and others. The concert will also feature recitation of the texts and thoughts of President Paweł Adamowicz by Jerzy Stuhr.

Admission free.

Festival's Website: www.eurochambermusicfestival.com; Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/357697901608991/ 

Warsaw | Travelling with Sinfonia Varsovia


On 13-14 July 2019 at 4.00 pm the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra invites you to the next "Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street".  The audience will listen to Spanish, Brazilian and Argentinian music as well as works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Niccolo Paganini.

The cycle of afternoon chamber music concerts returns to the home of Sinfonia Varsovia. Just like last year, each Saturday and Sunday at 4:00 p.m. features performances by well-known artists and rising stars on the classical music scene. There will be 30 concerts arranged by common themes: Not just for Orchestra, Japan, Moniuszko, Relax, Travelling, Improvisation, Old Warsaw. The music will be performed by traditional ensembles and some rare configurations, including a reed trio with saxophone and bass clarinet, a cello octet and a flute quartet. The works performed will feature music of many periods and genres – from the Baroque to opera arias, jazz and contemporary and improvised music.

Woch & Guzik Guitar Duo – laureates of the International Music Competition IBLA Grand Prize 2013 – and a multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer Piotr Kopietz who plays Argentinian bandoneon and rare French accordion, will take part in the concert on 13 July. The artists will present compositions by Marc Pereira, Joaquin Rodrigo, Astor Piazzolla, Manuel de Falla and Tomas Gubitsch. On 14 July, the Polish Flute Quartet – composed of musicians who play all the instruments in this family: from piccolo, through alto to the bass flute – will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Eugène Gigout, Eugène Bozzy, Saveria Mercadante, Niccolo Paganini and Stanisław Moniuszko.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

DUX Summer Releases 2019


DUX Recording Producers has passed its latest CDs and DVDs to the Library of the Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC:

Baculewski: String Quartets (DUX 1238)

First date: Baayon Duo (DUX 1283)

Andrzej Dziadek: orchestral works (DUX 1439)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations (DUX 1445)

My spanish heart (DUX 1448)

Polish contemporary concertos (DUX 1462)

Telemann: Solos and Trios (DUX 1479)

The beginnings (DUX 1484)

Chopin, Competition, Life: Elżbieta Tarnawska (DUX 1486/1487)

Wojnar: The Nochats' dance (DUX 1491)

Chopin: Songs (DUX 1497)

Moniuszko: The Haunted Manor (DUX 1500/1501)

Per musicam ad astra (DUX 1504)

Polish Choral Music (DUX 1505)

Maximus: the greatest movie soundtracks (DUX 1511)

Women of Music: Songs (DUX 1524)

Mieczysław Weinberg (DUX 1525)

Beethoven, Debussy, Korngold (DUX 1526)

Preludes for guitar and double bass (DUX 1530)

Wieniawski, Kreisler, Hubay, Sarasate (DUX 1536)

Stradella: Il trespolo tutore (DUX 8512)

Programy poświęcone pamięci Wandy Landowskiej w TVP Kultura

WLZ okazji przypadającej 5 lipca 2019 roku 140. rocznicy urodzin Wandy Landowskiej – pianistki i kompozytorki, jednej z najsłynniejszych klawesynistek świata – TVP Kultura zaprasza na premierową Scenę Klasyczną poświęconą jej twórczości.

W przeddzień jubileuszu, 4 lipca, w premierowej Scenie Klasycznej, TVP Kultura zaprasza na Koncert Sonat Johanna Sebastiana Bacha na skrzypce i klawesyn w wykonaniu klawesynistki Liliany Stawarz i skrzypka Pawła Łosakiewicza. Muzycy wykonają dwie sonaty – I Sonatę h–moll BWV 1014 oraz VI Sonatę G-dur BWV 1019 – uwielbianego przez Landowską Jana Sebastiana Bacha.

W dniu urodzin Landowskiej, 5 lipca, TVP Kultura wyemituje Koncert klawesynowy op. 40 Henryka Mikołaja Góreckiego w wykonaniu Elżbiety Chojnackiej, której mistrzynią była ulubiona uczennica Wandy Landowskiej – Aimée van de Viele. W koncercie wystąpi także Kapela Jana Karpiela Bułecki z Zakopanego. Tuż po widowisku widzowie będą mogli obejrzeć film dokumentalny poświęcony Elżbiecie Chojnackiej w reżyserii Jana Hryniaka.

Scena Klasyczna w TVP Kultura to cykl, który prezentuje sylwetki najciekawszych artystów związanych z muzyką klasyczną. Wanda Landowska urodziła się 5 lipca 1879 r. w Warszawie. Była jedną z najsłynniejszych klawesynistek świata, pianistką i kompozytorką. Studiowała w Warszawie i Berlinie. Od 1941 roku mieszkała w USA gdzie koncertowała, dawała lekcje i kontynuowała pracę nad nagraniami. Zmarła 16 sierpnia 1959 roku w Lakeville w Connecticut, USA.

Paulina Gorzkowska

Dodatkowe informacje – na stronie http://www.tvp.pl/centrum-informacji/informacje-dla-mediow/komunikaty-centrum-informacji/programy-poswiecone-pamieci-wandy-landowskiej-w-tvp-kultura/43325559">http://www.tvp.pl/centrum-informacji/informacje-dla-mediow/komunikaty-centrum-informacji/programy-poswiecone-pamieci-wandy-landowskiej-w-tvp-kultura/43325559 

Tarnowskie Góry | Dance of Life


On 7 July 2019 at 6 pm the Palace in Rybna will host the second concert as part of the "Two Currents" series, organized by the Elżbieta Chojnacka Center for Contemporary Harpsichord Music, Palace in Rybna and Gorczycki.pl Association; the event is entitled "Dance of Life".

The programme of the concert combines baroque and contemporary works, representing two extremely different aesthetics but expressing the same types of emotions. The evening will begin with a symbolic Kyrie from Mass XI Orbis factor, prompting us to consider the essence of existence. Love – one of the most important values ​​in life, will be represented in Tadeusz Baird's sonnets, Henry Purcell's suites of baroque dances and fragments of Claudio Monteverdi's L'Orfeo. The concert will also premiere Weronika Ratusińska-Zamuszko's Berenice. Miniature in the Baroque style – a story about a man, a birth, a great love, and an extraordinary mystery. The work was composed especially for Ewa Rzetecka-Niewiadomska, who will take part in the concert along with baritone Hubert Niewiadomski as Duo Polonaise.

The concert is co-financed from the funds of the Tarnowskie Góry Commune and the Palace in Rybna.

It is necessary to book free tickets at (32) 284 18 37.

Full programme available athttps://www.aleksandragajecka-antosiewicz.com/centrum-wsp%C3%B3%C5%82czesnej-muzyki-klawesynowej-el%C5%BCbieta-chojnacka-center/