With his signature works including four symphonies and a Concerto for Orchestra, there are few Poles who influenced world music as Lutosławski did. Before dying of cancer he was awarded Poland’s highest honour, the Order of the White Eagle.
The BBC Symphony Orchestra will give its only concert in Poland on Jan. 6. Those in attendance at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in the north-western city of Szczecin will have the opportunity to listen to Polish music played by British musicians.
Germany’s Elbe Philharmonic Hall is playing host to a veritable Who’s Who of Polish music to mark the country’s 100 years of independence.
Poland may not seem the most obvious frame of reference when a Danish choreographer produces a Spanish baroque play with the UK’s leading contemporary dance company. Yet for the Rambert Dance Company production of Pedro Calderon de la Barca’s Life Is A Dream, the choreographer Kim Brandstrup drew his inspirations largely from Poland, the country where the 1635 play is ostensibly set.