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Pawel Lukaszewski (b.1968)

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Lukaszewski & Gorecki: Lenten Musc

Lukaszewski & Gorecki: Lenten Musc


Gorecki:

Concerto Notturno na skrzypce i orkiestrę smyczkową

Lukaszewski:

Sinfonietta

Symphony of Providence: Adagietto

Lenten Music


Baltic Neopolos Orchestra, Tomasz Tomaszewski

Pawel Łukaszewski was born in Częstochowa in 1968, he is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw, where he studied the cello (with Andrzej Wróbel, diploma in 1992) and composition (with Marian Borkowski, a diploma with distinction in 1995). In recent years Paweł Łukaszewski’s music has gained a high recognition in Britain. His works have been performed (and some premiered) by such renowned choral ensembles from London and Cambridge as The Holst Singers, BBC Singers, Trinity College Choir, Tenebrae, Britten Sinfonia and Polyphony under the direction of prominent conductors Stephen Layton and Nigel Short. Mikołaj Górecki was born in Katowice in 1971. He started taking violin lessons at the age of six and later also took up the piano. He graduated from the State Secondary Music School in Katowice in 1990 and went on to study composition with his father, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, at the city’s Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music. In 2000, he received a doctorate in composition from Indiana University in Bloomington, USA, and then lectured at McGill University in Montreal (2000-01). He currently lives and works in the USA (Laredo, Texas).

“These modern Polish composers may not have songs in their hearts - at least ones of their own - but they certainly have rhythm, from charming syncopation to the outer limits of head-pounding mania.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2014

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Lukaszewski - Choral music

Lukaszewski - Choral music


Lukaszewski:

Beatus vir, Sanctus Paulus

Beatus vir, Sanctus Antonius

Beatus vir, Sanctus Martinus

Two Lenten Motets

Ave Maria

O Antiphons

Psalm 102

Nunc dimittis


This latest disc from Trinity showcases the talent of this marvellous young choir in a disc of seductively beautiful spiritual music from Poland.

Pawel Lukaszewski is the most outstanding of the younger generation of Polish composers specializing in sacred choral music. His ability to encapsulate the expressive essence of a text with immediacy and economy of technical means is unrivalled, as is his facility of idiomatic vocal writing. He has an enormously subtle and varied harmonic palette— unlike some of his contemporaries—and creates an organically new harmonic world for each piece. His extended tonal sound world is enriched by highly selective use of vocal effects such as glissandi, parlando (speaking) and susurrando (whispering), all of which occur invariably in direct response to clear textual stimuli.

A generous selection of Lukaszewski’s considerable output is recorded here, including the sequence of seven Advent Antiphons composed in 1995–9. Lukaszewski’s extended settings cover a vast expressive range: from the dark eightand twelve-part sonorities of O Clavis David to the ecstatic concluding superimposed thirds of O Oriens.

Conductor Stephen Layton is one of Lukaszewski’s most enthusiastic proponents—indeed he is the dedicatee of the most recent work on this disc, the Nunc dimittis from 2007. He communicates this deep understanding of Lukaszewski’s music to his young singers, coaxing from them a committed and potent performance.

“[Lukaszewski's] style is hardly adventurous, but there is a resourceful use of what he terms "renewed tonality" and a refreshingly clear-sighted approach to various Latin motet texts. And with performances as sonorous and acutely paced as these, they come across with a winning fervour.” Matthew Rye, The Telegraph, 13th September 2008

“Layton's affinity with this radiant, accessible music is clear as he guides the Trinity College Choir, which sings with passion and purity throughout this programme.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2008 ****

“This is a lovely disc of enchanting choral music. Possibly the Trinity College Choir does not always provide the warmth of tone such unashamedly expressive music demands, but that is more than compensated for by the sheer intensity of Stephen Layton's direction. ...this is a lovely disc.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2008

“A superlative issue in every way. This inspired music by the contemporary Polish composer employs a convincing language of ‘renewed tonality’ in its impassioned response to the traditional liturgical texts … these young Cambridge singers bring a technical mastery and total commitment to this vibrant music” Choir & Organ

“Layton is arguably the finest choral director working today in the UK … Layton’s choral scholars sing this challenging music, with its dazzling polytonal clusters, complex chords, and non-traditional progressions with absolute purity of tone, perfection of intonation, and depth of feeling … we live in a renaissance of sacred choral music … I found myself amazed at each subtle harmonic surprise, at each stunningly apt underlining of a phrase … do not hesitate” Fanfare

“This is a lovely disc of enchanting choral music.
Possibly the Trinity College Choir does not always provide the warmth of tone such unashamedly expressive music demands, but that is more than compensated for by the sheer intensity of Stephen Layton's direction: only the hardest of musical hearts will remain unmelted by such committed interpretations.
It was for Layton that Pawel Lukaszewski produced his setting of the Nunc dimittis. In its beautifully measured phrases, immaculately tailored textures and ingenious use of light and shade to invoke light shining out of darkness, it is a gem which receives here a beautifully poised account. Effusive reference in the booklet to Lukaszewski's masterful handling of the concluding fade-out – 'a hackneyed effect in the hands of lesser composers' – did get the juices of critical scepticism running for a bit until heard, along with all the other potentially hackneyed choral effects (polytonal clusters in Mementomei, Domine, frequently reiterated dynamic contrasts in Beatus vir, Sanctus Martinus, continually repeated melodic and rhythmic motifs in O Sapientia), and realised that here is a composer who really is a true master of the art of a cappella writing and for whom other people's experiments and gimmicks are an essential tool in conveying a profound emotional message.
Once or twice – notably in a saccharine setting of the Ave Maria (although the purity of Rebecca Lancelot's voice manages to divert any cloying character) and an over-clichéd Crucem tuamadoramus – the musical quality is compromised by emotional effect, but all in all this is a lovely disc. It has been difficult to draw this CD out of the player, so frequently has it been played.
There's no higher praise.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Lukaszewski: Missa de Maria a Magdala

Lukaszewski: Missa de Maria a Magdala

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Elzbieta Grodzka-Lopuszynska (soprano), Tomasz Sadownik (baritone)

Slaska Orkiestra Kameralna, Chor Akaedmii Techniczo-Humanistycznej, Jan Borowski

Missa de Maria a Magdala was composed thanks to the initiative of two people, conductor Marco Castellini and Father Sylwester Jacek Kwiatkowski, the parish priest of St Nicholas’s Roman Catholic Parish in Bremgarten, Switzerland. The former, fascinated by Paweł Łukaszewski, suggested that the priest commission a piece from the composer. The text of Missa de Maria a Magdala (Mary Magdalene) has been given an extraordinary aural shape by Paweł Łukaszewski, one that transports listeners to a mystical elevation in which, he/she experiences the presence of God. It is music that that induces listeners to meditation.

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Lukaszewski: Musica Profana 1

Lukaszewski: Musica Profana 1

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Lukaszewski:

Two Preludes

Stadium

Haiku

Two Songs (2000)

Two Sacred Songs (1997)

Dwa Sonety po śmierci

Three Songs (1992)

Quasi Sonata

Piano Trio


Anna Mikołajczyk-Niewiedział (soprano), Anna Lubańska (mezzo-soprano), Robert Gierlach (baritone), Romuald Gołębiowski (clarinet), Ewa Guz-Seroka (piano), Kamila Wąsik-Janiak (violin), Piotr Hausenplas (cello)

This release forms part of a project instigated by Ewa Guz-Seroka, pianist on this recording, and concentrates on the piano as a part of Paweł Łukaszewski’s musical output. Paweł Łukaszewski’s work holds a unique place in contemporary music. He has won great acclaim and many of his works have received prestigious awards and are regularly performed and recorded around the world.

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Lukaszewski: Musica Sacra 5

Lukaszewski: Musica Sacra 5


Lukaszewski:

Responsoria Tenebrae

Caligaverunt oculi mei

Recessit Pastor noster

O vos omnes

Ecce quomodo moritur iustus

Advent Music

Daylight Declines

Lenten Music

Prayer to the Guardian Angel


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Lukaszewski: Sympony No. 2, Gadium et Spes & Trinity Concerto

Lukaszewski: Sympony No. 2, Gadium et Spes & Trinity Concerto


Lukaszewski:

Symphony No. 2

Gaudium et Spes

Trinity Concerto

Sinfonietta


Anna Mikołajczyk-Niewiedział (soprano)

Ravel Piano Duo, Podlasie Philharmonic Orchestra, Piotr Borkowski

Born in 1968 in Poland, Pawel Lukaszewski is one of the younger generation of Polish composers specialising in sacred and choral music. He studied composition with Professor Marian Borkowski at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. He received a Ph.D (2000) and a Ph.D (2007) in composition.

His works have been performed throughout Europe including Britain, Belgium, France, Germany and the United States. This new release on the Polish DUX label expands the music mix to include orchestral works.

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Lukaszewski: Veni Creator, Stabat Mater & Organ Concerto

Lukaszewski: Veni Creator, Stabat Mater & Organ Concerto


Lukaszewski:

Veni Creator

Stabat Mater

Organ Concerto

Wacław Golonka (organ)

Psalm 102

Hommage a Edith Stein


Polish Chamber Choir, Concerto Avenna, Jan Łukaszewski

Born in 1968 in Poland, Pawel Lukaszewski is one of the younger generation of Polish composers specialising in sacred and choral music. The second release in a this series from this charismatic composer brings together voice and Organ works in a striking and unforgettable programme of new recordings.

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Lukaszewski: Via Crucis

Lukaszewski: Via Crucis


Stephen Layton’s first disc of Lukaszewski’s choral works (CDA67639, The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge) was widely praised by listeners entranced by the composer’s unique yet accessible musical language. For this new release Layton and Polyphony, together with the Britten Sinfonia and a team of world-class soloists, have taken on a major work which is destined to become a modern classic in the vein of Taverner’s The Veil of the Temple or Pärt’s St John Passion. Via Crucis is a dramatization of the Stations of the Cross, a musical reading of this most solemn journey that evolves through its 55-minutes in an arc of culminatory ritual power.

“Thanks principally to Stephen Layton's advocacy, Pawel Lukaszewski's reputation is growing rapidly, and rightly so. All the performers evince an emotional commitment to the content as well as to accurate technical realisation of the music. The purity of sound achieved by Polyphony's sopranos and countertenor Iestyn Davies is notable, so too is Roger Allam's sonorous narration.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2009 *****

“This string of moments, by turns bright and oppressively dark, dramatic and reflective, receives a performance of the very deepest conviction by Polyphony and the Britten Sinfonia under Stephen Layton, and the recorded sound is wonderful.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2009

“This devotional piece, which makes a noble addition to the music of Passiontide, could be seen as a reflection on Pawel Lukaszewski's native Poland and Catholicism's triumph over communism. Whatever its genesis, there is no denying the beauty of the choral writing and the sincerity of faith which lies behind it. Built around the Stations of the Cross, jewel-like recurring refrains, exquisitely sung by Polyphony, give the whole work a ritual power of startling originality.” The Observer, 5th April 2009

“Polyphony and The Britten Sinfonia’s performance of Lukaszewski’s Via Crucis sometimes achieves such a frightening intensity that, if you were to play it in a darkened room, alone, it would almost be too emotionally overwhelming...one can’t help but feel that this is a work due to receive a great many performances, and a recording to be used as a benchmark” Charlotte Gardner, bbc.co.uk, 8th April 2009

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Allegri - Miserere

Allegri - Miserere


Allegri:

Miserere mei, Deus

Britten:

Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27

Harris, W:

Faire is the Heaven

Holst:

Psalm 148

Lord who has made us for Thine own

Ireland:

Ex ore innocentium (It is a Thing Most Wonderful)

Kodály:

Esti dal

Lotti:

Crucifixus in 8 parts

Lukaszewski:

Ave Maria

Rachmaninov:

Hymn of the Cherubim

Sheremetiev, A:

Now ye heavenly powers

Tavener:

Song for Athene

The Lamb

trad.:

The Dying Soldier

(arr. Nigel Short)


“I really think we're in a choral golden age at the moment. I was inspired by Tenebrae when I heard them in a concert at St. Jude's in Hampstead and just had to get their new 'Allegri Miserere' CD. It's beautifully sung, a wonderful disc that has introduced me to some pieces that I didn't know.” Emma Kirkby

“The programme is a potpourri, and one from which emanates the refined scent of the collegiate choir, à la King's or Trinity. The tuning is impeccable, the blend unimpeachable. Director Nigel Short was a member of the King's Singers for seven years, and their signature soft fuzziness of tone plays a part in the Tenebrae sound.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2006 *****

BBC Music Magazine

Choral & Song Choice - November 2006

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A Winchester Remembrance

A Winchester Remembrance


Blatchly:

For the Fallen

Britten:

War Requiem: Agnus Dei

Elgar:

Nimrod (from Enigma Variations)

Guest, D:

For the fallen

Harris, W:

Faire is the Heaven

Bring us, O Lord God

Holst:

Turn back, O man

Howells:

Take him, earth, for cherishing

Ireland:

Greater Love Hath No Man

Lukaszewski:

Nunc dimittis

Moore, P:

At the round earth's imagined corners

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Vaughan Williams:

Lord, Thou has been our refuge


Acknowledged as one of the foremost cathedral choirs in the UK, Winchester Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Andrew Lumsden, present a beautiful selection of music for Remembrance, and to commemorate the start of the First World War.

In addition to works regularly associated with Remembrance Sunday, and the Festival of Remembrance, held annually at the Royal Albert Hall, the recording also includes both of William Harris’ great 8-part anthems, Faire is the heaven, and Bring us, O Lord, Herbert Howells’ magnificent motet on the death of President Kennedy,

Take him, earth for cherishing, Paweł Łukaszewski’s exquisite Nunc dimittis, and the first recording of Philip Moore’s major concert work, At the round earth’s imagined corners, with 9-part brass and percussion, originally written for the Southern Cathedrals Festival.

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