• ‘Warsaw Autumn’ 2016 news

8c9180d245_WJ2016The 59th ‘Warsaw Autumn’ takes place this year 16-24 September.  Its central programme will be ‘multimedialny, parateatralny and parasceniczny’ (to borrow the Polish descriptions in the advance notice).  Highlights include:

• the Warsaw premiere of Paweł Mykietyn’s opera The Magic Mountain (2015)
• Sławomir Wojciechowski’s multimedia opera Aaron S (2016), a tribute to the internet activist Aaron Swartz
• Juliana Hodkinson’s assemblage (radio play/film soundtrack/instrumental theatre) Angel View (2014)
• Olga Neuwirth’s video-opera Lost Highway (2002-03)
• Fabian Panisello’s chamber opera Le Malentendu (2016)
• Salvatore Sciarrino’s opera Luci mie traditrici (1996-98), ‘ecstasy in one act’ Infinito Nero (1998), Shadow of Sound (2005) and other pieces

• New CD Note (Szymański & Mykietyn/Hyperion)

034571280851This is the third CD by the Royal String Quartet for which I have had the pleasure and privilege of writing the booklet note.  Following on from the RSQ’s recordings of string quartets by Górecki and Penderecki and Lutosławski, Hyperion is now – with great initiative – drawing attention to music by younger Polish composers who are far less well-known outside Poland.  Paweł Szymański and Paweł Mykietyn are fascinating composers, and this CD is a terrific introduction to their chamber music.  These four works, dating from 1982 to 2013, are given performances with the clarity, insight and verve that are the hallmark of the RSQ.

Here’s the link to my booklet note for the Szymański and Mykietyn String Quartets, or you can scroll the CD NOTES tab above.

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