M. Wajnberg „Epitaph”

Credits: POLIN Museum Warsaw

Certainly it has been the most demanding artistic experience of the season and one of the most important in my artistic life.

M. Wajnberg – „O siwa mgło” (Oh, grey mist), words: Julian Tuwim
Tomasz Raff – bass, Mischa Kozłowski – piano
Live performance, 16.02.19, POLIN Music Festival

On the 16th of February 2019 at POLIN Museum in Warsaw during POLIN Music Festival 2019 we have staged an extraordinary musical poem about M. Wajnberg – „M. Wajnberg. Epitaph”.

Credits: POLIN Museum Warsaw

Only a year before the premiere all M. Wajnberg songs for bass and piano that served as a musical basis of the performance, were lying in manuscript form only, not having been sung in public.

Naprawdę wyrazy uznania należą się tu basowi Tomaszowi Raffowi, który to wszystko śpiewa, a przy tym odgrywa rolę samego kompozytora, oraz pianiście Mischy Kozłowskiemu, odgrywającemu tu Szostakowicza. Obaj są naprawdę świetni, a muzyka jest – jak trafnie stwierdziła moja siostra – hipnotyzująca.

Dorota Szwarcman

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Credits: POLIN Museum Warsaw

By staging „M. Wajnberg. Epitaph” we have not only premiered the songs but also told the story, parts of which happen in our lives. I strongly believe, the story of M. Wajnberg’s life reflects our lives, particularly during those moments, we do not want to think of. Moments of neglection, helplessness and, eventually the shade of nearing death, coming sometimes as a relief. But also moments of life saving wonders, that were nothing more and nothing less than the subtle touch of God..

Credits: POLIN Museum Warsaw
M. Wajnberg – Tryptyk (Triptychon) op. 99 words: L. Staff
Tomasz Raff – bass, Mischa Kozłowski – piano
Live performance, 16.02.19, POLIN Music Festival

M. Wajnberg – Epitaph

16.02.19 POLIN Music Festival Warsaw

Performers:

  • Wajnberg: Tomasz Raff
  • Father: Linus Roth
  • Shostakovich: Mischa Kozłowski
  • Muse: Aleksandra Klimczak
     
  • Direction: Natalia Babińska
  • Playwright: Agata Wieczyńska
  • Set Design: Diana Marszałek
  • Video: Paweł Nowik, Zuzanna Grzegorowska

The list of M. Wajnberg songs performed:

  • Tryptyk (Triptychon) op. 99 words L. Staff (Shade, Autumn, Silent Fame)
  • Shakespeare Sonnets op. 33 #55 and #154
  • Baratynski songs op. 125 (My poor gift, Spring, Muse)
  • Profile op. 88, words: S. Wygodzki (Biography, The book of day and night, In our garden, Profile)
  • Pamiątka (The Relic) op. 134, words: E. Szemplinska
  • O siwa mgło! (Oh, grey mist!) op. 84, words: J. Tuwim

Season 2018/19 has ended!

From „M. Wajnberg. Epitaph” played at Polin Music Festival 2019
Credits: Magdalena Starowieyska, POLIN Museum

As Zbigniew from „The haunted Manor” at Royal Polish Opera in Warsaw I have ended the season 2018/19.

I am glad and grateful for everything that has happened during this great artistic season. Let the 2019/20 be even more fruitful in great artistic and life experiences!

Silence is the pause in me when I am near to God.

– Arvo Part

Very „Haunted Manor” at Royal Polish Opera

„It’s a haunted, very haunted manor….” sings the main male character, Stefan, in his grand aria in the 3rd Act of „The Haunted Manor” – national polish opera composed by Stanisław Moniuszko, who’d be 200 years old on the 5th of May 2019.

Yesterday, once more, I sang the role of Zbigniew – Stefan’s elder brother – second main male character of the piece.

It was the last stage production of Ryszard Peryt, general director of Royal Polish Opera. Having set the staging with symbols referring to the past that somehow still lives in and around us, the recent Mr. Peryt’s passing puts Royal Polish Opera’s „Haunted Manor” in a transcendent light.

I won’t even try to verbalise something non-verbalisable, only to say that this extraordinary staging confirms what we often do not want to accept or even remember of: what we see and are able to understand, is only one small layer of the reality we live in.

I also strongly believe that the very last scene announces the true legacy of Mr. Peryt’s Opus. Requiescat in Pace…

Tuba, mirum spargens sonum…

….per sepulchra regionum, coget omnes anthe thronum.

By this famous excerpt from Dies Irae sequence starts every bass his adventure with Mozart’s Requiem

I’m glad to announce that on the 20th of October 2018 in Warsaw I’m about to sing it again too, together with many of my good colleagues and great friends.

It’s a blessing to sing such music, I also feel blessed to perform it in a company of friends, I hope we’d all be even more blessed to sing it for a public consisting of YOU!

New date for the Liederabend in Hannover

As you might already know, we had to postpone our concert in Hannover that was planned for 19.08.18, due to independent from us, organisational reasons (large stage, open-air concert of balkan music practically at the entrance of the museum – on the square in the direct nearby area).

 

We’ve already got new date!

 

It’s 4th of November 2018.

 

 

We’re going to perform works composed by F. Schubert, K. Brochocka, T. Baird and M. Wajnberg, main part of which id going to be german first performances.

 

More details very soon, stay tuned and save the date! This time for sure! 🙂

Arvo Pärt Passio(s) in march 2018

In March 2018 I’m about to sing Jesus (!!!) in 3 performances of Arvo Pärt „Passio”. The first one is already a history (3.03.18 in Warsaw – details). Two more to go – in Göttingen and Hannover (details). I cannot find words to describe how much does it mean to me to sing such a piece and, above all, to debut in the part of Jesus at the age of 33…