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Made in Poland – Collection of Polish Music
Add date: Tuesday, 22 June 2010

7 outstanding composers, 7 carefully selected works, and 7 of the foremost ensembles specialising in interpretation of the newest music. This year’s edition of the Sacrum Profanum Festival will feature the artistic crȇme de la crȇme of Polish contemporary music … and that’s only the beginning!

Made in Poland – a Collection of Polish Music is a joint artistic undertaking by the Sacrum Profanum Festival, the National Audio-visual Institute, Polish Radio and Polish Television, aimed at promoting contemporary Polish music at home and abroad, as well as the creation of new, top-level cultural events. In 2010 the project, divided over three years, will include presentations of selected contemporary compositions on Krakow’s festival stage, in unconventional performances, and their recording and publication.

Next year, together with the Book Institute, we celebrate of the one hundredth anniversary of the birth Czesław Miłosz with music. New pieces were commissioned from Agata Zubel, Paweł Mykietyn, and Paweł Szymański: the hottest names on the Polish composers’ scene. 2012 will mark the celebration of the tenth edition of the Sacrum Profanum Festival and a great occasion for Polish music. The central figure of the festival will be Krzysztof Penderecki, and one of the most interesting events will be the face-off between creators of music in the academic vein with alternative and electronic artists.

During this year’s Made in Poland – A Collection of Polish Music, works will be performed that provide a complete and representative picture of the Polish music of recent decades. Asko | Schönberg will play Kleines Requiem für eine Polka by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, written in 1993 for a Dutch orchestra. The French Ensemble Intercontemporain will perform Łańcuch 1 [Chain 1] by Witold Lutosławski, the classic of the twentieth century cherished around the world, whose colouristic sensitivity was near to that of impressionists from the valley of the Seine. The Ensemble Modern, in the crossover aesthetic, will play with the hidden motifs taken from Viennese classics in 3 dla 13 [3 for 13] by Paweł Mykietyn. Krzysztof Penderecki’s radically sonoristic Quartetto per archi will be performed by the artists of musikFabrik. Appendix by Paweł Szymański, the cult composer of the middle generation who delights in post-modern flirtation with the past, will be the selection presented taken on by the London Sinfonietta. Playing with characteristic German precision will be the Ensemble Recherche, bringing audiences Fantasmagoria by Kazimierz Serocki, a genius work by a composer who is, sadly, too seldom performed. And finally, the Cascando by Agata Zubel, one of the most interesting pieces of recent years, will be delivered by the Austrian group Klangforum Wien, with, of course, the composer playing the solo part.

The National Audiovisual Institute has commissioned the recording of all of the Polish compositions using HD and 3D technology. The recordings will be overseen by an outstanding young director of the younger generation – Kasia Adamik. Following the festival the material will be published (in the form of a two-CD/SACD album and a single-disc DVD/Blueray edition) by one of the leading publishing houses specialising in contemporary music.

The performance of the Polish works will be a part of the Nordic programme of this year’s Sacrum Profanum Festival, which is to take place in Krakow from 12 to 18 September.

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