Notes & Reviews:
The NFM Choir under the direction of Agnieszka Franków-Zelazny invites us on a journey across Poland to reveal what an unusual and varied cultural heritage we are dealing with. Featured works come from the Kurpie, Wielkopolska (Greater Poland), Kaszuby (Kashubia), Warmia, Podlasie (Podlachia), Lublin, Podhale and Slask (Silesia) regions. Particularly interesting is the diversity of these regions accentuated by their regional costumes, rituals, folk dance, instruments and even culinary traditions. The featured songs allow us to become acquainted with these specific differences by listening carefully to the local dialect, melodies based on modal and highland scales as well as rhythmic structures where we find many typical characteristics of folkloric dance culture (rhythms of the 'pacer' polonaise, krakowiak and mazurka rhythms). The texts of the songs relate to early pagan rituals practiced on St. John's Eve (Kazimierz Serocki's Bonfire ditties) or wedding rituals (among others Juliusz Luciuk's Three old women - Kasia's a slut, I will not weep; Jan Krenz's Two ditties - Sad; Tadeusz Szeligowski's 4 Wedding songs from the Lublin region). In other instances they describe unusual events (Andrzej Koszewski's Kaszuby Suite - Ballad; Boleslaw Wallek-Walewski's Suite of highlander songs from Podhale) or matters related to the socio-economic problems of the day (Stanislaw Wiechowicz's 10 Silesian songs - I'm just a lass, I served as a housemaid; Romuald Twardowski's Warmia Suite - Far above). Above all however they relate to love and extreme emotions associated with it - from the joys of merry courting (Juliusz Luciuk's Three old women - Tralala, tralalum, I got the wagoner drunk; Kazimierz Serocki's Three ditties - Pastoral; Jan Krenz's Two ditties - Merry), feelings of longing, non-fulfilment and disenchantment (Romuald Twardowski's Warmia Suite - Hurry up sunset, Across the lake; Kazimierz Serocki's Three ditties - Amorous) to requited and contented love (Henryk Mikolaj Górecki's 5 Songs from the Kurpie region - Hey downhill; Andrzej Koszewski's Wielkopolska Triptych - Cheers brother to thee).Notes & Reviews:
Personnel: Patrycja Kujawa , Monika Kuczera , Aldona Bartnik , Aleksandra Turalska, Agnieszka Ryman, Agnieszka Niezgoda, Malgorzata Ciezka-Katnik, Monika Michaliszyn, Natalia Halicka, Paulina Boreczko-Wilczynska, Violetta Wysocka-Marciniak (soprano); Jacek Rzempoluch, Bartlomiej Lossy, Bartlomiej Kusior, Andrii Khorsik, Jakub Bieszczad, Jaroslaw Kawalko, Konrad Szymanski, Lukasz Wilda, Piotr Galek, Dawid Jarzab (tenor); Marek Fras, Jerzy Butryn, Jan Pieter, Krzysztof Kmiec, Michal Pytlewski, Piotr Woroniecki, Filip Chudzicki, Dominik Kujawa, Szczepan Nowak, Maciej Adamczyk (bass voice).
Recording information: Jan Kaczmarek Concert Hall of Radio Wroclaw (05/13/2014/03/14/2014); The Concert Hall of Witold Lutoslawski Philharmonica, W (05/13/2014/03/14/2014); Jan Kaczmarek Concert Hall of Radio Wroclaw (07/09/2014-07/11/2014); The Concert Hall of Witold Lutoslawski Philharmonica, W (07/09/2014-07/11/2014).