Polish Collection of the Warsaw Autumn 1956-2005 (10 CD box set, FLAC)
Polish Collection of the Warsaw Autumn 1956-2005 (10 CD box set, FLAC)

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Number of Discs: 10
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Size: 3.14 GB
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This 10CD collection consists of editor Andrzej Chłopecki’s personal choice of 70 works by 70 Polish composers as recorded during the Festival concerts given between 1956-2005. It was prepared for the 50th Anniversary of the “Warsaw Autumn” Contemporary Music Festival.
Known Warsaw Autumn, which suddenly appeared in 1956, quickly became a musical Mecca for lovers of the avant-garde from the East and West. Music, sounding at this festival, went away from the socialist realism of the model. Execution of such music in all other socialist countries would be prohibited by political decree. What happened in the 1956? It was during the Cold War. The struggle was mainly in the field of propaganda. It was necessary to show the West that could a socialist society. And since there was no boasting in the economy than someone who was both close to influential persons in the state and was himself a gray cardinal of the Polish Composers’ Union, came up with: perhaps, like so shock the world of openness and modernity in the field of culture. It will not hurt anyone, workers and so on the festival concerts will not go, and custom mass songs and cantatas for Glory “will be born on the tables of even the most avant-garde composers. And so the authorities accepted the Fall, in return for good export product – a card of socialism. To make this situation does not spiral out of control – as the control was to be established, as we know, over everyone and everything – quietly drawn up some precise principles of choice under the auspices of the Union, which controlled the only festival in the country “dangerous” music. Thus began exist Warsaw-autumn establishment. Warsaw festival has become a legend.
For political reasons, the annual festival canceled even twice – in 1957 and 1982. Therefore, the half-century of the “Warsaw Autumn” celebrated twice – in 2006 and 2007.
Although mid 50-ies of XX century in Poland was considered a “thaw”, and to the organizers of the festival “Warsaw Autumn” was merely to show themselves and be seen, from the very beginning he was more than a festival: “VO” largely determined the level of the relationship of art (in this case – the musical) and the authorities in the countries of the socialist camp. In 1972, for example, from the USSR in the last minute instead of the experimenter Edison Denisov sent Tikhon Khrennikov (though Denisov yet appeared in the program – under a pseudonym, as co-author of the collective works of chamber “Encyclopedia”). And in the twenty-first century, was booed and called “socialist realism” does not show anyone, but a living classic of Polish music of Krzysztof Penderecki.

CD01 The World of the Polish School
01. Roman Palester (1907-1989) – Adagio – Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio – Jan Krenz
02. Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994) – Jeux venitiens I – Warsaw Philarmonic National Symphony Orchestra – Witold Rowski
03. II
04. III
05. IV
06. Krzysztof Penderecki (1933) – Canon for string orchestra and two tapes – Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra – Jan Krenz
07. Wojciech Kilar (1932) – Riff 62 – Silesian State Philarmonic Symphony Orchestra – Karol Stryja
08. Boguslaw Schaeffer (1929) – Little Symphony Scultura I – Poznan Philarmonic Orchestra – Andrzej Markowski
09. II
10. III
11. IV
12. V
13. Witold Szalonek (1927-2001) – Les Sons – Warsaw Philarmonic National Symphony Orchestra – Woiciech Michniewski
14. Henryk Mikolay Gorecki (1933) – Scontri per orchestra op.17 – Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra – Antoni Wit

CD02 Dialogi
01. Tadeusz Baird (1928-1981) – Four Dialogues for oboe and orchestra – I Andante non troppo – Warsaw Philarmonic National Symphony Orchestra – Witold Rowicki
02. II Moderato
03. III Allegro moderato
04. IV Adagio calmatissimo
05. Andrzej Dobrowolski (1921-1990) – Music for three accordions, harmonica and percussion – Warsaw Accordion Trio, Warsaw Percussion Group
06. Romuald Twardowski (1930) – I Antiphons – Silesian State Philarmonic Symphony Orchestra – Karol Stryja
07. II Antiphons
08. III Antiphons
09. Kazimierz Serocki (1922-1981) – Impromptu fantasque – Instrumental ensemble of the National Philarmonic Grand Theatre and Musik Academy in Warsaw – Jan Krenz
10. Zbigniew Penherski (1935) – Music for the End of the Century – Marie-Therese Yan – recorder; Krzystof Marosek – organ; Monica Szulinska, Robert Siwak – percussion
11. Zbigniew Baginski (1949) – A Few Pictures – Sinfonia Varsovia – Renato Rivolta

CD03 Aus aller Weit…
01. Andrzey Panufnik (1914-1991) – Katyn Epitaph – Poznan Philarmonic Symphony Orchestra – Wojciech Michniewski
02. Zbigniew Bujarski (1933) – Musica domestica – Polish Chamber Orchestra – Jerzy Maksymiuk
03. Tomasz Sikorski (1939-1988) – Holzwege – Roads to Nowhere – Warsaw Philarmonic National Symphony Orchestra – Woiciech Michniewski
04. Zygmund Krauze (1938) – Aus aller Weit stammende – I – Warsaw Philarmonic Chamber Orchestra – Karol Teutsch
05. II
06. III
07. IV
08. Grazyna Bacewicz (1909-1969) – Pensieri notturni – Cracow State Philarmonic Chamber Orchestra – Andrzey Markowski
09. Marek Stachowski (1936-2004) Divertimento – I Sinfonia – Polish Chamber Orchestra – Jerzy Maksymiuk
10. II Pezzo gioioso
11. III Canzonetta notturna
12. IV Pezzo finale
13. Zbigniew Bargielski (1937) – Slapstick – Oslo Sinfonietta – Christian Eggen

CD04 Pocolenie 1951+
01. Andrzey Krzanowski (1951-1990) – Broadcast – Adam Ferency – voice; Alicja Lizer – flute; Damian Drzymala and Dariusz Brauhoff – percussion; Jaroslaw Mamczarski – tapes
02. Aleksander Lason (1951) – Mountains – Polish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra – Antoni Wit
03. Eugeniusz Knapik (1951) – Corale, interludio e aria – I Corale – New Music Orchestra – Aleksander Lason
04. II Interludio
05. III Aria
06. Tadeusz Wielecki (1954) – Beggar Ballad – Cikada Ensemble – Christian Eggen
07. Michal Talma-Sutt (1969) – Soundscape One – Pozmaitosci Theatre
08. Jacek Grudzien (1961) – Ad Naan – Andrzej Bauer – cello, computer

CD05 Sur-conventions
01. Pawel Szymanski (1954) – Gloria – Warsaw Philarmonic National Symphony Orchestra and Women’s Choir – Andrzej Markowski
02. Jerzy Kornowicz (1959) – Frayed figures – New Music Orchestra – Aleksander Lason
03. Pawel Mykietyn (1971) – Eine kleine Herbstmusik – Ensemble Altemance – Diego Masson
04. Hanna Kulenty (1961) – Harmonium – Dirk Luijmes – harmonium
05. Grazyna Pstrokonska-Nawratil (1947) – Bis Joke – Stanislaw Skoczynski – percussion; Szabolcs Esztenyi – piano
06. Stanislaw Kropowicz (1952) – Fin de siecle – Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra – Antoni Wit
07. Tomasz Praszczalek (1981) – Mother Nature – “Koneser” Vodka Distillers

CD06 Intonacje
01. Augustyn Bloch (1929) – Anenaiki – “Ars Antiqua” Chamber Choir – Maciej Jaskiewicz
02. Zygmunt Mycielski (1907-1987) – Psalm XII – Polish Radio and Television Choir and Symphony Orchestra in Cracow – Jerzy Katlewicz
03. Krystyna Mozumanska-Nazar (1924) – Rhapsody II – Cracow Philarmonic Orchestra – Jerzy Katlewicz
04. Andrzej Koszewski (1922) – Campana – “Ars Antiqua” Chamber Choir – Maciej Jaskiewicz
05. Boleslaw Szabelski (1896-1979) – Aphorisms 9 – Melos Ensemble – Karol Stryja
06. Zbigniew Rudzinski (1935) – Three Songs – I Ite – Kazimierz Myrlak – tenor; Jerzy Witkowski, Szabolcs Estenyi – pianos
07. II Strings in the Ears
08. III Night
09. Edward Boguslawski (1940-2004) – Intonazioni I – Silesian Philarmonic Instrumental Ensemble – Karol Stryja
10. Aleksandra Gryka (1977) – Interialcell – Polish-German Youth Ensemble: Kwartludium Ensemble and Junge Deutsche Philharmonie – Rudiger Bohn
11. Stefan Kisielewski (1911-1991) – Danse vive – Wladislaw Kedra – piano

CD07 Apostrofy
01. Rafal Augustyn (1951) – En blanc et noir – Elizbieta Chojnacka – harpsichord
02. Edward Pallasz (1936) – Apostrophe – Eugeniusz Knapik – piano
03. Marta Ptaszynska (1943) – La novella d’inverno – Polish Chamber Orchestra – Jerzy Maksymiuk
04. Krzysztof Baculewski (1950) – A Walking Shadow – Silesian Philarmonic Symphony Orchestra – Jerzy Swoboda
05. Woiciech Ziemiwit Zych (1976) – Soliloquium I-Boiling-Hot Mind – solist of the Classic-Avangarde Ensemble – Vladimir Baidov
06. Szabolcs Esztenyi (1939) – Creative Music №3 – In memoriam Tomasz Sikorski – Szabolch Estenyi – piano
07. Krzysztof Meyer (1943) – Fireballs – Silesian Philarmonic Symphony Orchestra – Karol Stryja

CD08 Musica elettronica
01. Wlodzimierz Kotonski (1925) – AELA – Music Academy
02. Andrzej Biezan (1945-1983) – Isn’t it? – Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio
03. Anna Zawadzka-Golosz (1955) – Girare – Jan Pilch – percussion with tape
04. Lidia Zielinska (1953) – Expandata – Jan Pilch – snare drum, tape
05. Krzysztof Knittel (1976) – The Conqueror Worm – Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio
06. Magdalena Dlugosz (1954) – Zacopane Liryki – Michal Ganko – saxophone, computer soundtrack
07. Cezary Duchnowski (1971) – Monada 3 – Agata Zubel – voice; Cezary Duchnowski – piano

CD09 Poli-morfie
01. Roman Derger (1930) – Wiegenlied – Urzula Krygel – mezzo-soprano; Katarzyna Jankowska – piano
02. Edward Sielicki (1956) – Polymorphic Fantasy – Dirk Luijmes – harmonium
03. Jan Fotek (1928) – Partita – I – Basson Ensemble – Kazimierz Piwkowski
04. II
05. Marek Choloniewski (1953) – Like Breathing – Trio Accento; Marek Choloniewski – computer instruments
06. Roman Haubenstock-Ramati (1919-1994) – Equilibre – Klangforum Wien

CD10 Poli-chromie
01. Elzbieta Sikora (1943) – Voyage II – Music Academy
02. Zbigniew Wiszniewski (1922-1999) – Db-Hz-Sek – Warsaw Philarmonic Chamber Orchestra
03. Norbert Mateusz Kuznik (1946) – Duo per organo у pianosorte – Norbert Mateusz Kuznik – organ; Szabolcs Esztenyi – piano
04. Jan Wincenty Hawel (1936) – Passacaglia per organo – Julian Gebalski – organ
05. Marcin Bortnowski (1972) – Pieces of Light – Piotr Dziubek – accordion; Aleksandra Rupocinska – harpsichord; Marcin Bortnowski – computer
06. Juliusz Luciuk (1927) – The Battle fragment of music for the pantomime ‘Marathon’ – Juliusz Luciuk – piano
07. Ryszard Szereta (1952) – Miraculeo – Jan Pilch – percussion; Ryszard Szeremeta – synthesizers
08. Jaroslaw Siwinski (1964) – Piano Quintet – Tamami Honma – piano; Kreutzer Quartet
09. Bettina Skrzypczak (1963) – Toccata sospesa – Mihkel Peaske – flute; Madis Metsamart, Rein Ross – percussion

8 Comments

  1. A minor correction, good people:

    The Festival was not cancelled in 1957. It was originally intended to be held once every two years, so after the 1st edition in 1956, the next one was held in 1958.
    Demand for contemporary music was so high, however, that the festival was held annually since then.

    It was cancelled in 1982 due to martial law which caught us by surprise in December of 1981…

    Get this collection if you are interested in contemporary music.
    For bizarre reasons (mostly copyright squabbles) this is a non-commercial release. Only 500 sets were printed and distributed buy the Polish Music Centre.
    I was not even aware of this release until I talked to a journalist friend of mine.

    Best,
    Sandflyer

  2. Thank you Sandflyer for this information. It looks very promising, so I’m gonna take a listen, thanks all !

  3. Simply a fantastic compilation of a wide array of contemporary music, all of it on a consistently high level, most from lesser-known – in the West – composers. The discoveries are unending, beginning with the world premiere of Lutoslawski’s Venetian Games. Thank you very much for this outstanding post.

  4. surfing through the old boxset pages i found this treasure. really a breathtaking collection!
    a never-ending thank-you to whatever.

  5. this looks like another invaluable release, shared by Whatever. Many thanks!

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