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Sacrum Profanum appreciated by Polityka weekly
Add date: Wednesday, 17 December 2014

In the new issue of Polityka weekly, making her own summary this year, Dorota Szwarcman mentions the Sacrum Profanum Festival with the Kronos Quartet Residency one of the top events of the year 2014 in the w classical music category. Thanks a lot!

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NOT I by Agata Zubel praised by The New Yorker
Add date: Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Agata Zubel’s album Not I has been listed among the top ten recordings of 2014 by The New Yorker magazine! The album comprises four compositions performed by Klangforum Wien conducted by Clement Power: Labirynt (Labyrinth) – based on Wisława Szymborska’s poetry, Aforyzmy na Miłosza (Aphorisms on Miłosz) based on poetry by Czesław Miłosz, Not I by Samuel Beckett, and Shades of Ice, the only instrumental piece. Musicians are accompanied by vocal parts performed by the composer.

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No Artist Can Be Indifferent to Folk Culture
Add date: Wednesday, 26 November 2014

“I try to undertake tasks which are not too easy. My record is devoted to reflections on the oberek, a traditional Polish folk dance. Studing the oberek let me distinguish the most important characteristics of this dance form and put them in a new context” – says Piotr Orzechowski to Paweł Gzyl in an interview published in the Dziennik Polski daily, revealing what the process of making his new album 15 Studies for the Oberek looked like, where his inspirations were drawn from and why he – an artist known for contemporary music – got enchanted with Polish folklore.

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Marcin Stańczyk and his monographic record
Add date: Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The monographic record of Marcin Stańczyk: Stańczyk: Chamber Music, released by DUX label under the series Young composers in tribute to Fryderyk Chopin and a programme promoting young composers organised by the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre of Music in Lusławice has hit the shelves. The young but already world-renowned composer could be admired in Krakow during the 10th Sacrum Profanum Festival.

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To Discover, Surprise and Lure
Add date: Monday, 27 October 2014

This is one of our few festivals which every time and again, change their formula, in search for a new repertoire, and, hence – for a new audience. This is quite a risky undertaking, as not everyone who followed the programme of the Sacrum Profanum in the past, comes to this festival today. Give and take. The recipients have changed (perhaps not entirely), yet what is most important is that their group is by no means smaller now. Quite contrary – there are more of them. And this is a success already – Jacek Hawryluk writes in the recent issue of Ruch Muzyczny [Muscial Current].

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Classic!Now cycle - watch a special documentary
Add date: Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Classic!Now series is the core of the Sacrum Profanum Festival. Watch a special documentary!

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Kronos Quartet Residency cycle - watch a special documentary
Add date: Friday, 17 October 2014

The Kronos Quartet’s Residency, connected with the 40th anniversary of the group, is the essence of contemporary American music, where the academic nature resounds in harmony with the avant-garde. The two worlds function side-by-side enjoying equal rights, in mutual interpenetration and complementation. Such a presentation couldn’t miss the fathers of minimalism: Terry Riley, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich. Watch a special documentary from Kronos Quartet Residency concerts.

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Mark Bell of LFO passed away
Add date: Monday, 13 October 2014

Producer and musician Mark Bell of the LFO group died as a result of postoperative complications. We bid farewell to the artist, still remembering his recent performance at the Sacrum Profanum Festival.

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