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Mateusz Śliwa – tenor saxophon
Piotr Orzechowski ‘Pianohooligan’ – piano
Alan Wykpisz – double bass
Dawid Fortuna – drums

Bucolics, the cover themes, represent miniatures by Witold Lutosławski and were commissioned by Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne in 1952. There are five Bucolics, piano miniatures based on Kurpian folk tunes, dedicated to the leading figure of the Polish piano of the 20th century, Zbigniew Drzewiecki. The title was borrowed from Virgil's Bucolics, which were ten antique pastoral tales glorifying rural life. Orzechowski reviewed Lutosławski's composition. He was aware that the score referred in a straightforward way to Kurpian music, and, to be more precise, to the collection by a Polish priest Władysław Skierkowski entitled The Kurpian Forest in Song. He analysed all the original songs, searching for those Lutosławski particularly liked, and he found five songs that corresponded to the five parts of Bucolics. Priest Wladyslaw Skierkowski (1886-1941) [on the cover plates] – a Catholic, researcher and promoter of the culture of Kurpie. Author of a collection of kurpian songs titled Kurpie (as above), and Kurpie Wedding, a drama. In the years 1913-1915 he served as a priest in Myszyniec – right in the heart of the Kurpian Forest.

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released October 21, 2015

Recorded April, 2015 at the Polish Radio’s S2 Studio in Warsaw (Poland)

Music by Witold Lutosławski arranged by Piotr Orzechowski

Recording, mix & master: Michał Kupicz
Design: For Tune®
Cover photo: Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe / National Digital Archives
Other photos: Krzysztof Machowina
Translations: Halina Boniszewska

Wydawcą utworów Witolda Lutosławskiego jest Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne S.A.

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1st edition. Previously unissued.

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