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

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