Lutosławski’s twenty carols are not a ‘Top Twenty’ collection; conspicuous by their absence are some of the most popular carols like Wśród nocnej ciszy (In the midst of night’s quiet), Mędrcy świata (Wise men of the world) or Pójdźmy wszyscy do stajenki (Let’s all go to the stable) while little known works are included.
For me, Christmas carols are associated with a certain nostalgia – these melodies have always reminded me of childhood, and I think it will always be like that.
Music Ensemble ‘Scandicus’ specialises in medieval, mostly vocal music
The album that you will hear in a moment clearly illustrates this fact as it offers an introduction to great Polish figures of 20th-century musical culture who were familiar with both professions.
This is the third CD in a series dedicated to a type of repertoire that is rare in contemporary music; namely, transcriptions for two pianos. Once again, we set out to discover, first and foremost, the extraordinary space of Roman Maciejewski’s imagination and musical fascinations.
Alfred Schnittke – author of three operas, ten symphonies as well as numerous concert and chamber works – had a complex and confusing identity.
Baroque music, early 20th-century compositions, and… negro spirituals. What brings these elements of a varied and apparently incoherent repertoire together into an attractive whole is the extraordinary figure of Roman Maciejewski.
For every musician and music lover, discovering a new work is a great joy and satisfaction.