To mark the 100 years of Poland regaining independence, a publication unheard of in the history of the Polish record industry will be released. A box with 36 CDs will document 100 works. Forty selected works will be heard in historic interpretations from the archives of Polish Radio and Polskie Nagrania record company. The remaining 60 recordings were made in recent months, which required the involvement of many orchestras and soloists. The information available on the website of the Polish Music Publishing House (PWM) states that “the project is based on a list ‘100 for 100’ list of Polish music masterpieces, which were created between 1918 and today. A difficult choice, in which the criterion of artistic value was the most important, was made by the Programme Council composed of authorities and representatives of cultural institutions”.
The recordings that will be published as part of the project include Krzysztof Penderecki’s “St Luke Passion” (1965). Journalist Jacek Marczyński (Rzeczpospolita) wrote that […] Of historical importance is the old recording of another fundamental work – “St Luke Passion” (1965) by Krzysztof Penderecki. The first Polish performance, which was recorded almost at once by the Polskie Nagrania record company, gathered together artists whom the composer had in mind when writing the work. They include conductor Henryk Czyż and soloist singers Stefania Woytowicz, Andrzej Hiolski and Bernard Ładysz. They were invited to present the work on successive occasions in different countries and significantly contributed to the international fame of “Passion”.
In addition, the publication will include works by composers such as Karol Szymanowski, Witold Lutosławski, Andrzej Panufnik, Grażyna Bacewicz, Krzysztof Penderecki, Kazimierz Serocki, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Wojciech Kilar, Zygmunt Krauze, Eugeniusz Knapik, Paweł Mykietyn.
See more information about the 100 for 100. Musical Decades of Freedom project