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Pawel Lukaszewski
« on: November 28, 2008, 03:09:00 PM »
The recent Hyperion release of Paweł Łukaszewski's music is fetching excellent reviews (International Record Review, Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine - September issues; I haven't read any of them, though). So I thought I'd start a thread for him. His position on the Polish composer firmament is rather odd. One thing is without doubt: no composer of his ("entering middle-age") generation has as many recordings: 50 CDs featuring at least one of his pieces and 4 dedicated solely to him (and 3 cassettes too!). That is really, really impressive. No choral music festival in Poland can exist without at least one Łukaszewski composition in the program. On the other hand, he is not exactly idolized the way Kilar, Gorecki or Penderecki are. Far from it. I would even say that outside choral-aficionado circles he practically doesn't exist.

Has anyone got the Hyperion disc? I've only heard it on the radio. Would love to get it but, well, Hyperion is a label generally out of my price range, so I'll have to wait a bit for it to get cheaper (BRO etc.).
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Re: Pawel Lukaszewski
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2008, 03:11:51 PM »
The disc on Hyperion's site (with samples available under the noteheads and extracts from reviews given in the column on the left).
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Re: Pawel Lukaszewski
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Re: Pawel Lukaszewski
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2008, 11:20:16 PM »
OK, perhaps Thanksgiving weekend was not a good time... How about today then? ;D

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Re: Pawel Lukaszewski
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2008, 01:43:17 PM »
OK, I guess nobody cares about this :'( but for the sake of being up to date: it appears that the link to the composer's home page that I've given above might be outdated. Here's something much better looking. If you have a Windows computer, follow the links (from the first "news" item) and you'll probably be able to see videos of some of his works performed. I don't have a working Windows machine at home at the moment, so can't check.

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Re: Pawel Lukaszewski
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2009, 01:42:34 AM »
Hello, Maciek!

Well, hello! :D

Did you know Hyperion has released (or is about to) another Lukaszewski CD?

No, no, I didn't know that. Very interesting.

I thought so too. Well then, see you around, Maciek! :)

Bye, bye, Maciek! :)
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Re: Pawel Lukaszewski
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2009, 01:45:20 AM »
Worst looking CD/LP artwork inductee? ;D

(The concept, ie. cramming the painting with historical figures, may be interesting but I'm not really a fan of Duda-Gracz.)

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Re: Pawel Lukaszewski
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2009, 07:23:53 AM »
Hello, Maciek!

Well, hello! :D

Did you know Hyperion has released (or is about to) another Lukaszewski CD?

No, no, I didn't know that. Very interesting.

I thought so too. Well then, see you around, Maciek! :)

Bye, bye, Maciek! :)

Do I get the impression that you were feeling a bit lonely in here, Maciek? ;D   I know the feeling :)

The recent Hyperion release of Lukaszewski's Via Crucis got a very good review in this month's 'International Record Review' from Piers Burton-Page and I am tempted by it. However, until I have sampled the two Kilar choral compositions that I have ordered, I shall hang fire.

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Re: Pawel Lukaszewski
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2009, 03:09:21 AM »
Hi there, Colin! Nice of you to drop by. That makes three of us.

Oh, hi Colin!

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Re: Pawel Lukaszewski
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2009, 03:43:44 AM »
Hi there, Colin! Nice of you to drop by. That makes three of us.

Oh, hi Colin!

Count me in.  That's three and a half of us.
As you know, Polish composers have a way of tinkering unlawfully with my brain.
Łukaszewski is yet unfathomed, but one I will surely come to.  There's no such thing to my ears (so far) as a bad Polish composer.  A bit like their fabulous F1 driver Robert Kubica (my favourite F1 driver since he started a couple of seasons ago!).  They start - they are relentless - and  they don't stop, even when they leave the Earth...er...which is something I myself do when listening to Lutoslawski and Penderecki in particular.  Last work by Polish composer I listened to was yesterday, Szymanowski's beautiful S3.
I look forward to investigating Łukaszewski.

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Re: Pawel Lukaszewski
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2009, 04:07:00 AM »
Ah! The thread is alive! :D

(And I'll insist on counting you as a whole person, John. $:))

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Re: Pawel Lukaszewski
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2009, 10:51:41 AM »
Hello, Maciek!

Well, hello! :D

Did you know Hyperion has released (or is about to) another Lukaszewski CD?

No, no, I didn't know that. Very interesting.

I thought so too. Well then, see you around, Maciek! :)

Bye, bye, Maciek! :)

I have this one! I have this one! :D ;D

When I picked up the latest IRR and Gramophone, the above was playing on the record store. And I was highly intrigued by how post-Mahlerian* I found it to sound (likely more due to my Mahler obsession than Lukaszewski), so I bought it.

I'd have broken the news earlier, if I had known it was so lonely in this thread. :P


*Post-Mahler-8th, that is. Or at least that's what it made me think of, etc.

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Re: Pawel Lukaszewski
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2009, 04:55:45 AM »
Finally got around to playing the Hyperion cd of 'Via Crucis' :)

Not the sort of Gorecki/Kilar Polish religious minimalism I was expecting. A very fine and moving piece though with a glorious climax- choir and organ celebrating the Resurrection in majestic music of great power.

Lukaszewski appears to concentrate all his efforts into choral music?
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Re: Pawel Lukaszewski
« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2009, 09:16:09 PM »
Maciek-
I know you weren't into those 2 Dux/Dafo SQ cds, but slowly you've been highlighting all the unknowns on those two cds.

My Dafo (w/Baird) is in storage, but I think the Luka SQ is on the one you have. In the interest of spreading the word about Luka here in the U.S., you could sell me your copy of Dafo! ;D

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Re: Pawel Lukaszewski
« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2009, 03:43:50 PM »
He, he, he. Nope, I don't dislike it enough to get rid of it. ;D But I don't think the quartet is really all that good... >:D

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Re: Pawel Lukaszewski
« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2009, 11:17:09 PM »
 ;D ;D ;D

I really like the Zielinski? on the other Dafo disc. Yours is $28 on line,errr. Curious: does yours have a cool "open up" cd (what ARE they called?uh), or is it a normal jewel box? I like the packaging and design of mine so much, I compelled to get the other one. Compelled, haha.

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Re: Pawel Lukaszewski
« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2009, 12:50:40 AM »
It's an ordinary jewel box, I'm afraid. Hasn't yours fallen apart a bit? In mine the plastic part got unstuck, so now I have the "CD-holder" separately... :-\

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Re: Pawel Lukaszewski
« Reply #17 on: May 09, 2009, 09:38:04 AM »
Finally got around to playing the Hyperion cd of 'Via Crucis' :)

Not the sort of Gorecki/Kilar Polish religious minimalism I was expecting. A very fine and moving piece though with a glorious climax- choir and organ celebrating the Resurrection in majestic music of great power.

Lukaszewski appears to concentrate all his efforts into choral music?

Apparently not :) (In answer to my own question ;D)

http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2009/May09/Lukaszewski_3rev.htm

These works sound very interesting! Maciek....can you provide any further info'?

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Re: Pawel Lukaszewski
« Reply #18 on: August 19, 2009, 02:41:35 AM »
Just having a look...
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Re: Pawel Lukaszewski
« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2009, 10:55:02 AM »
You're welcome. 8)