Soprano Alexandra Nowakowski and pianist Michał Biel, are currently recording an hour-long CD to bring Polish classical music to an international audience while at the same time breaking the Chopin-only stereotype that they believe exists about the nation’s musical heritage.
The Różycki concerto got its first airing after years of painstaking work reconstructing the piece from unpublished scores.
The opera was first shown in 1926 at the Grand Theatre in Warsaw. The new production, directed by Mariusz Treliński, shows the Sicilian ruler in all his human fragility as he faces an inner struggle between reason and instinct.
Touching on emigration and Polish independence the La Folle Journée festival had 1,000 artists performing.
A concert version of Karol Szymanowski's opera King Roger launched the 53rd International Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Wrocław (southern Poland) on Friday. During this year's festival, 25 concerts are planned of which 14 will be in Wrocław.
The 1st Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition has attracted 120 submissions and 100 musical compositions. The festival will be held in Katowice (southern Poland) on 10-23 September.
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