Titans of Polish Music: Past, Present, and Future

An Immersion in Poland's Active, Kaleidoscopic New-Music World

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Monday, January 16, 2012

It may sound kind of obvious, but one of the perks of working at this station is constantly being exposed to new music. This week, we are celebrating Polish music from the past 50 years or so in our Muzyka Nowa festival, and I’m happy to say that aside from the heavy hitters (cough, Penderecki, Górecki, cough) this music is basically all completely new to me! Not just new, but both awesome AND new. Yay. So now that we’ve established my relative ignorance with regards to new-music from Poland, I will admit that I’ve received a TON of help from people more well-informed than myself (Polish people! And non-Polish people!) and this festival is shaping up splendidly.

There’s so much fun stuff this week! We’re having not one but TWO immersive days of Polish programming; special guest host, composer Jakub Ciupinski; EXCLUSIVE recordings of the highlights of over a decade of The Warsaw Autumn festival, music by everyone from Witold Lutoslawski to Paweł Szymański, and so much more. If you’ve ever been curious about the world of Polish new-music, boy howdy, you’re gonna want to tune in!

So join me this week as we explore Polish music together! This is the kind of thing you will only find here on Q2 Music.

Hosted by:

Nadia Sirota
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Comments [2]

Wojtek Sawa

Thank You for this wonderful program. It's a joy to hear Górecki, Lutosławski and others. I see that Nancy is having problems pronouncing Polish names, if you would like any help with phonetic notations please let me know.

Jan. 20 2012 12:46 PM

Thanks for including the Penderecki Requiem in this amazing week of Polish music, Nadia & Q2. I discovered Utrenja: The Entombment of Christ when I was almost too young to handle it. These are some of the most ravishingly terrifying works I've ever heard. Just to read the score with a performance of Utrenja is unforgettable. A fantastic, special week, thoroughly enjoying it.

Jan. 18 2012 02:57 PM

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