Roman Maciejewski (1910-1998)
Well, today I’ve handed over my last chapter to my supervisor for inspection, so I guess I can take it easy for a day or two. Like write a blog post or something… 😆
10 years have passed this year since Roman Maciejewski‘s death (short bio here). He is considered by many to be one of the greatest Polish composers of the 20th century. And yet, to a large extent he still remains unknown outside of Poland, which is only helped by his scant discography.
The up side is that, as far as I can tell, almost all of the CDs with his works ever released – are still in print! 🙂 (The only exception is a ZPR CD with, among other pieces, his Allegro concertante for piano and orchestra.)
The ones available are:
Maciejewski‘s opus magnum, the Requiem (on Polskie Nagrania – Muza). Recommended!
Two CDs containing recordings of the seminal Kurpie Songs (both on DUX) – pieces almost as good as the Szymanowski cycle (some say even better). The piece is recommended, don’t know either of these performances though (I have a live radio recording).
Recordings of Maciejewski playing his own pieces on the piano (Polish Radio – RAF). Includes his famous mazurkas. In ghastly sound! 😯
A CD containing recordings of two of his piano pieces: Fandango and Krzesany. Neither is present on the Polish Radio CD. (Scores of both pieces were published by PWM quite recently, which probably explains the repertoire choice.) Can’t comment, haven’t heard.
And that’s it. Now, this post probably wasn’t very informative (unless you followed the bio link), but it was really meant as a lead up to the next one. So brace yourselves! 😉