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Wydawnictwo: Eda
Nr katalogowy: EDA 35
Nośnik: 1 CD
EAN: 4012476000350
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Epoka muzyczna: romantyzm, współczesna
Obszar (język): polski
Rodzaj: preludia, suita

Laks / Rathaus: Poland Abroad Vol. 4

Eda - EDA 35
Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Polish Radio Choir / Łukasz Borowicz
Simon Laks:
L'Hirondelle inattendue

Ferdinand-Louis Bénech, Ernest Dumont:
L'Hirondelle du Faubourg

Karol Rathaus:
Prelude for Orchestra op. 71
Suite from the ballet "Le Lion amoureux" op. 42b
eda records launched the “Poland Abroad” series in 2004 in cooperation with Deutschlandradio Kultur following a festival that the Konzerthaus Berlin dedicated to Poland as Germany’s neighbor on the occasion of the eastern expansion of the European Union. This large-scale presentation put the spotlight on composers who have largely gone unnoticed on the international music scene and were persecuted or driven into exile due to the political situation (during the partition of Poland, the Nazi occupation, and the Communist yoke that followed). Some of them survived the war and the Shoah under dramatic circumstances.

One such figure the festival highlighted was Auschwitz survivor Szymon (Simon) Laks, whose oeuvre runs through the “Poland Abroad” series like a golden thread. It presents compositions of every genre: opera, ballet, symphony, concerto, and chamber music. The goal is to highlight the outstanding quality of this repertoire in reference recordings and to encourage listeners to take an interest in two central aspects of cultural history (and not only that of the 20th century): transculturality and transnationality. All of the composers presented here stepped outside of their national context and demonstrated a style that was as individual as it was universal in their engagement with the various movements of the European avant-garde of their time.

Vol. 4 of the series presents the world-premiere recording of Simon Laks’s chef-d’oeuvre, the opera L’Hirondelle inattendue (“The Unexpected Swallow”) as well as Karol Rathaus’s ballet score Le Lion amoureux (“The Enamored Lion”) and the Prelude for orchestra, his last symphonic piece. Laks ranked among a group of Polish artists who banded together in 1920s Paris to form the “Association des Jeunes Musiciens Polonais,” perhaps the largest union ever of musicians and composers from the same country to operate exclusively outside of its homeland. Arrested in Paris in 1941 for being a Jew, Laks was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he miraculously survived the Shoah as director of the men’s orchestra. L’Hirondelle inattendue – “perhaps the most hilarious one-act opera in music history” (Die Opernwelt) – is based on the famous 1912 chanson L’Hirondelle du Faubourg, which plays the main “role” as well as serving as the “Leitmotiv” of the opera. The story, which relates the vicissitudes of a murdered prostitute (“The Swallow of the Suburbs,” the hero of the song), who arrives by mistake in the Paradise of Famous Animals, is in fact a surrealistic, tongue-in-cheek allegory about the immortality of music, whose ramifications can be fully understood only against the backdrop of Laks’s Auschwitz experience.

Karol Rathaus has already been presented in eda records’ catalogue with the premiere recording of his first piano sonata (eda 19, Kolja Lessing). Franz Schreker’s top student ranked among the most important emerging young talents of the European avant-garde of the 1920s and 30s. A successful film music composer, he emigrated first to France and then to the US by way of England. There, in 1937, he wrote the score to the ballet Lion amoureux (after a fable by La Fontaine) for the Ballets Russes’ season at Covent Garden. The Prelude for Orchestra, a bravura piece, equally glorious and melancholic, was commissioned by the Louisville Orchestra shortly before the composer’s death in 1954.

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