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Three Composers | NINATEKA Collection

The biggest collection of works by Poland’s three masters: Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, and Krzysztof Penderecki. It comprises both widely known pieces and works that are nearly forgotten: grand performances and pieces of stage music, as well as scores written for movies, plays, and radio, even some popular tunes — totalling over 320 recordings and 380 descriptions.

The write-ups were augmented with proper context — statements from the musicians themselves, as well as statements and writings from critics and musicologists discussing the compositions, hailing mostly from the period the works were created in. Additional help in breathing order into the immensely prolific output of the three composers was provided by chronologically ordered indices that incorporated specific creative periods in each of the composers’ work, as established by specialized literature, as well as ingenious alphabets, collecting specific terms and issues associated with composers. There’s also an illustrated timeline that places events from the composers’ personal and professional lives in a broader historical and cultural context of the 20th and the 21st century.

The collection is based upon the recordings and resources provided by the Polish Radio, whose digitization was commissioned by NInA. The collection includes both performances conducted the composers themselves as well as other pre-eminent conductors from Poland and abroad (including Antoni Wit, Witold Rowicki, Jan Krenz, Andrzej Markowski, Wojciech Michniewski, Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev). It also holds recordings of world premieres of individual works which are very important from a historic and documentary perspective.

The essays exploring the composers’ work were written a team of musicologists and music writers led by Iwona Lindstedt, PhD, from the University of Warsaws Institute of Musicology. The pieces on Lutosławski were written by Marcin Krajewski, the life and work of Górecki was examined by Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska, PhD, while the writings on life and work of Penderecki were prepared by Iwona Lindstedt, PhD and Konrad Jeliński. The alphabets were edited by Marta Tabakiernik. 


Specjalne wydanie programu Studio Kultura poświęcone Trzem kompozytorom.

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