Prog Notes

‘excellent programme notes’ – John Allison, The Daily Telegraph (4 October 2015) 


Among the organisations for which I have written programme notes are the Almeida Festival, Aspen Festival, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC PO, BBC Proms, BBC SO, Chicago SO, City of Birmingham SO, Edinburgh Festival, Haifa SO, Holland Festival, Huddersfield Festival, ISCM/Gaudeamus Festival, London PO, London SO, Los Angeles PO, Polish Radio Choir, Polish Radio National SO, Porto SO, Sydney SO, Ulster Orchestra, Vale of Glamorgan Festival, ‘Warsaw Autumn’ Festival, Wigmore Hall and ‘Wratislavia Cantans’.

As with the CD NOTES, these programme notes are offered as a resource to anyone interested in Polish music. Repertoire is listed by composer and then chronologically.  Alternatively, please scroll down the PROG NOTES tab above.

If you wish to quote from any of the notes or essays, please acknowledge the author and the url.  

I have also written brochure and programme essays and profiles, including:
Muzyka Polska (BBC Scottish SO brochure, 2012)
• Szymanowski (London SO brochure, 2012)
• Szymanowski the Outsider (London SO programme, 2012-13)
Lutosławski and Polish Music (BBC Proms Guide, 2013)
• Szymanowski (BBC Proms, 2014).

If you are interested in commissioning new programme notes, or would like to use part or all of an existing note for a concert programme, please get in touch via the CONTACT tab above.

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (1933-2010)
Four Preludes (1955)  Emiko Edwards
Piano Sonata (1956/1984/1990)  Emiko Edwards
Old Polish Music (1969)  BBC SO
Symphony no.2 (1972)  BBC SO & Chorus
• Amen (1975)  Polish Radio Choir
Harpsichord Concerto (1980)  BBC SO
• Marian Songs, nos 2 & 3 (1985)  Polish Radio Choir
Marian Songs, complete (1985)  BBC Singers
Church Songs, no. 21 ‘Audi clamantes, audi plorantes’ (1986)  BBC Singers
• Totus Tuus (1987)  Polish Radio Choir 
” (Totus Tuus)  BBC Singers
• Come, Holy Spirit (1988)  Polish Radio Choir
String Quartet no.1 (1988)  Silesian String Quartet
String Quartet no.2 (1991)  Silesian String Quartet
Sanctus Adalbertus 
(1997)  Polish Radio Choir, Kraków P Choir, NOSPR  (WP**, 2015)
• Salve, sidus Polonorum (2000)  BBC Symphony Chorus
• Five Kurpian Songs (2003)  Polish Radio Choir
• Three Lullabies (2004)  Polish Radio Choir
• Song of the Katyń Families (2004)  Polish Radio Choir
Kyrie (2005)  BBC SO & Chorus  (UK*, 2015)
• Symphony no.4, ‘Tansman Episodes’ (2006)  London PO  (WP**, 2014)

Mieczysław Karłowicz (1876-1909)
• Violin Concerto (1902)  Polish Radio National SO (NOSPR)
Eternal Songs
(1906)  Polish Radio National SO (NOSPR)

Wojciech Kilar (b.1932)
Krzesany (1974)  Porto SO

Witold Lutosławski (1913-94)
• Concerto for Orchestra (1954)  Polish Radio National SO (NOSPR)
Dance Preludes
(1954)  Queen’s University
Five Songs (1957)  Queen’s University
Funeral Music (1958)  BBC NOW
Cello Concerto (1970)  Porto SO
• Preludes and Fugue (1972)  Ulster Orchestra
Sacher Variation
(1975)  Queen’s University
(1979)  Queen’s University
(1981)  Queen’s University
Partita (1984)  Queen’s University
Partita-Interlude-Chain 2 (1984/88-1989-1985)  BBC NOW
Piano Concerto (1988)  BBC NOW
Chantefleurs et Chantefables (1990)  BBC NOW
Symphony no.4 (1992)  BBC NOW

Andrzej Panufnik (1914-91)
• Heroic Overture (1950/52/69)  Polish Radio National SO (NOSPR)

Krzysztof Penderecki (b.1933)
The Awakening of Jacob (1974)  Porto SO
Agnus Dei from Polish Requiem (1981)  Polish Radio Choir
• Cello Concerto no.2 (1982)  London SO
Symphony no.5 (1992)  London SO
O Gloriosa Virginum
(2009)  Polish Radio Choir
Missa Brevis (1992-2012)  Polish Radio Choir

Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)
• Concert Overture (1905)  BBC PO
Symphony no.1 (1907)  London SO
• Symphony no.2 (1910)  BBC PO
” (Symphony no.2)  London SO
•  Symphony no.3 (1916)  London SO
• Violin Concerto no.1 (1916)  BBC PO
” (Violin Concerto no.1)  London SO
Stabat Mater (1926)  London SO
Symphony no.4 (1932)  London SO
Violin Concerto no.2 (1933)  London SO

Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986)
Stèle in memoriam Igor Stravinsky (1972)  London PO

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