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Online premiere: Aleksander Tansman's Piano Concerto No. 1


On 30 March 2020 at 9.00 p.m. the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź invites you to jointly listen to the online premiere of Piano Concerto No. 1 by Alexander Tansman performed by Julia Kociuban and the Łódź Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Paweł Przytocki.

The recording comes from the album Bacewicz. Tansman. Piano Concertos (DUX), which was nominated to the "Fryderyk 2020" Phonographic Academy award in the 'Classical music. Album of the year: concert music' category. The recording of the Alexander Tansman's concerto is a world phonographic premiere.

The history of Polish music knows many cases of instrumentalists and composers who spectacularly triumphed abroad, while collecting a number of negative or indifferent reviews in the country. This group of outstanding artists of the twentieth century undoubtedly includes Alexander Tansman – the artist who constantly won the hearts of listeners around the world (including France, the United States and Japan), while being completely marginalized in Poland. His Piano Concerto No. 1 was very well received in France.

The recording will be available on SoundCloud:https://soundcloud.com/filharmonia-lodzka

The appeal of Polish composers to Polish Radio and public broadcasters – Music lovers and Friends of music, please support us!


Jacek Ajdinović president of the Association of Polish Artists, Weronika Krówka its treasurer, and Maciej Żółtowski president of the Polish Society of Contemporary Music ask you to sign the petition to support contemporary music.

The incomes of composers and classical music performers are "inevitably" incomparably smaller than that of popular music. We also do not have, as can be seen today, a comparable clout.

We appeal to the Polish Radio Programm 2, which has a rich resource of radio and disc recordings for the support of Polish composers by increasing the airtime for the presentation of their work. Existing series with contemporary music, such as "Polish Fantasy" or "Nocturne", must be expanded. For years, Polish music has been featured in these series after midnight; broadcast mostly in the late night and morning, when hardly anyone could listen to it. Let at this difficult time, in addition to masterpieces by Bach, Mozart or Chopin, present to Polish listeners and music lovers works by Polish contemporary composers – with particular emphasis on the artists of the young generation who are just starting their difficult life path. For many of them freelance artists, without savings, it is a particularly difficult moment.

We are also joining the appeal addressed to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland by Janusz Fogler – president of ZAiKS, for a temporary exemption of royalties from classical music taxation. Let royalties stay in the country – during the crisis ...

Link to the petition: https://www.petycjeonline.com/apel_polskich_kompozytorow_do_polskiego_radia_i_nadawcow_publicznych 

2nd Polish Brass Band Conference online


The 2nd Polish Brass Band Conference – Poland Band Clinic RADOM will be held online on 27-29 March 2020.

The topics of the conference will concern the world of brass bands: both organizing and conducting orchestras, personal development of conductors as well as creating an orchestra community and cooperation platform. Conductors, brass band musicians, musicologists and equipment manufacturers will take part in the conference. The organisers will also present the concept of the 1st Polish Brass Band Championships which will take place in Radom in July 2020.

OKOD 2020 presentations will be held in the form of a teleconference with free access to everyone: on 27 March from 5 to 9 p.m.; on 28 March from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; on 29 March from 5 to 8 p.m. Please remember that you have to register before participating in OKOD online. People registering after 4 p.m. on a given day will not receive access to the broadcast. The number of places is limited to 250. The participants will receive a link to the conference broadcast to the e-mail address provided in the registration form (the message will be sent around 4:15 p.m. on a given day).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Conference's website: https://www.okod.pl/ 

Link to the registration form: https://forms.gle/Pw5BUhnbLeMUeMCt5 

Let's support each other! Toruń Symphony Orchestra Online Activities


Due to the current situation that required cancelling all the concerts, the Toruń Symphony Orchestra is conducting a number of online activities, realizing its cultural and educational goals.

#TOSeducates – a series of educational materials, presenting basics of music theory, puzzles, riddles and word searches.

#TOSmusicfunfacts – a series o fun facts, riddles and non-obvious information about the orchesta, their concerts and Polish composers.

#TOStechnicalfunfacts – the orchestra's behind-the-scenes materials.

#TOSmusicianstalk – a series of video materials and photoreports made by the orchestra's musicians who will talk about the instruments they play.

The orchestra is also working on the Beethoven cycle "Viva Beethoven! ! – the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth. " Video productions will appear soon in the social media of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra.

Facebook: https://bit.ly/2WE2mcJ  Instagram: https://bit.ly/3ajyaYw  YouTube: https://bit.ly/3bkUQaT 

Tadeusz Haas has died at the age of 86

Musicologist Tadeusz Haas, a lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, has died on 19 March 2020.

In the 1970s, he was a vice-director of the Polish Radio and Television Committee, specialising in Polish music recordings. He was teaching music literature at the Warsaw Academy of Music.

As his student, pianist Ignacy Lisiecki, recalls: "It was Professor Haas who convinced Halina Czerny-Stefańska to record many of Chopin's works, although the artist did not like the studio microphone after paricipating in the Chopin Competition (according to the Professor). Wonderful recordings of Richter' recitals with the music of Skriabin and Szymanowski (including 2nd Piano Sonata and Myths with Oleg Kagan) at the National Philharmonic in 1972 and at the Warsaw Academy of Music in 1982, it was also the initiative of the Professor who was able to persuade Richter who valued him as a friend...

The Professor of the old date took students seriously and expected the same – active participation in classes. As I remember, no one dared to skip lectures for a trivial reason. Who wanted to know more, came to additional classes at the academy, or used the extensive archive of recordings courtesy of the Professor – also at his home at Akademicka Street. The Professor who "opened the ears" of his students to archival recordings of Hofmann, Rachmaninoff, Paderewski, and Friedman. The Professor who valued his outstanding students – he always spoke warmly, among others, about Piotr Anderszewski. One of the Professor's thoughts will be probably remembered by his students forever: you must not waste your talent! A great loss for the community of pianists graduating from the Warsaw Academy ... "

Karol Szymanowski's "Lottery for Husbands" – premiere on YouTube!


In 1909 Karol Szymanowski finished his only operetta Lottery for Husbands, which after nearly a hundred years had its world premiere on stage by the Krakow Opera ensemble in 2007. The performance was professionally recorded and released on DVD. On 27 March at 6:30 p.m. it will be presented on the official YouTube channel of the Krakow Opera and everyone will be able to watch it without leaving home. It will be also available with English subtitles.

Karol Szymanowski reached for the operetta only once in his life. After composing Stabat Mater and King Roger, he wrote: "I can't be so festive all the time, it's very tiring. (...) I have to laugh a little musically." The three act libretto of Lottery comprised spoken text and lyrics linking the scenes together with musical pieces. Unfortunately, only the sung lyrics, written beneath the notes, have been preserved. The new theatre concept and plot proposed by Wojciech Graniczewski is his own original piece of drama, created for the operetta’s first performance, and incorporating, of course, the original lyrical and musical material.

Musically, the work consists of 16 numbers composed by Szymanowski using all the rules of a classical operetta. We find here a melodic waltz, romantic duets, funny couplets and an extensive finale with dances (including very fashionable at the time cake-walk) and choir. "It most certainly aroused Szymanowski's curiosity about the play of form, and set him on the path of playing with elements of grotesque, humour, pastiche, parody, the old world and the new. He furnished the play with vivid, unconventional music, and filled it with handcrafted musical characters, all immersed in an untameable mobility of dance." – wrote Teresa Chylińska, an expert on Szymanowski's work, cooperating with the Krakow Opera on this production.

More information at: https://www.opera.krakow.pl/en/

#stayathome and spend time with the PWM Edition


Rest to the sounds from the new album? Relax with an interesting book? Or maybe reading or watching cartoons with children? Moments spent at home can be a great opportunity to catch up on cultural backlogs and develop interests. For the near future the PWM Edition has prepared a number of activities for children and adults, without leaving home.

While at home, we encourage you to listen to good music on Spotify. Every week a different album of the "Anaklasis" series will be examined and playlists of the most important works of Polish music literature from 1918-2018, released in the exclusive "100 for 100" box awarded with two "Fryderyk" awards, will be available at your fingertips. Look for phonographic recommendations from the "100 by 100" list every Friday at https://www.facebook.com/PWMEdition/, and on Mondays reach for the selected "Anaklasis" album.

The new music lovers will enjoy the portal http://stonasto.pl/ – a compendium of knowledge about Polish music of the 20th and 21st centuries, presenting interesting facts about composers, works and recordings of selected compositions which constitute the canon of Polish music since independence. Every Thursday the PWM YouTube channel will release new 'Music Profiles' – video materials in which musicologists and artists talk about the most important examples from Polish music literature from 1918 to 2018. Those whose 20th and 21st century sound experiments will inspire to create their own works can use the "Compose with PWM: Etude for ...", "Dissonance" and "Sonoforms" applications, available free of charge on Google Play and App Store. A special treat for music lovers will be the 10-minute excerpts from the audiovisual recordings of works by Agata Zubel (Bildbeschreibung), Alek Nowak (ahat-ilī - Sister of Gods) and Andrzej Krzanowski (Broadcast V), premiered on the PWM YouTube channel. Stay tuned!

Poznań Philharmonic Recommends Internet Concerts


The Taduesz Szeligowski Philharmonic in Poznań invites you to the "Internet Concerts" that will be streamed on Fridays at 7 p.m. on the website: www.filharmoniapoznanska.pl.

The current situation has made many of us realize the phenomenon of music performed live. Thousands of people who regularly attend live concerts, including those at the Poznań Philharmonic, will lack this experience in the near (undefined) future.

Being aware that live music cannot be fully replaced by any recordings, the Poznań Philharmonic, however, will offer music lovers and a potentially new audience regular concerts via the Internet. The concerts will be performed by the Poznań Philharmonic orchestra, wonderful conductors and soloists. They will be streamed only once, on a given Friday at 7 p.m.

Gdańsk | 13th Gdańsk Music Festival


The 13th Gdańsk Music Festival will take place between 9 and 22 May 2020.

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Paul II. On the eve of this anniversary, 17 May, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's monumental work Beatus Vir will be performed by the Polish Chamber Choir Schola Cantorum Gedanensis, the Krakow Philharmonic Choir and the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Jan Łukaszewski. The work was commissioned by Cardinal Karol Wojtyła, and the premiere took place after his election as Pope. On the same evening we will also hear Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's Totus Tuus, Op. 60 and Salve Sidus Polonorum. St. Adalbert Cantata, Op. 72.

The Beethoven Year will be celebrated by the performance of Beethoven's Triple Concerto in C major, Op. 56 by artists cooperating with Deutsche Grammophon: pianist Jan Lisiecki, violinist Bomsori Kim and cellist Camille Thomas.

This year, the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition will be held in Warsaw. The winners of this Competition from previous years and this year's candidates will take part in the Gdańsk Festival. We will also hear the winners of other international competitions, including the winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow 2019, French pianist Alexandre Kantorow. A special recital by Adam Makowicz will counterbalance the performances of classical pianists.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.gdanskifestiwal.pl/