Not sure when this happened, as I don’t check their site regularly and haven’t seen it for over a year, but it appears that Polskie Nagrania (Muza) have opened an mp3 store! Here’s the address: http://www.polskienagrania.com.pl/wersja_angielska/
This should be good news for anyone interested in Polish music. As far as I know, in many parts of the world Polskie Nagrania (Muza) CDs are very difficult to find, so the possibility to download them should be convenient.
At this moment, their classical music selection consists of 60 items (which does not translate directly to CDs, because some of them are multiple-disc sets – I think it all adds up to around 80 CDs worth of downloads). Unfortunately, many of them are not available yet (“mp3 files in preparation” – this includes some very interesting items). And some of the links don’t work (404 errors). But I’m hoping that that is something temporary. And that the items that appear to be available are actually available, ie. the store does actually work – that is something I haven’t checked myself, as I don’t have any need for new music at the moment.
The old Olympia disc of Szabelski’s orchestral music (from Polskie Nagrania LPs) has been long out of print, so it is very exciting to see this new disc coming from DUX (it would have been even more exciting to see some previously unreleased pieces from Szabelski’s relatively small output, but I’ll settle for this). It contains new recordings of the Toccata (1936) and Concerto grosso (1954). After that comes the music of Szabelski’s student, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (not Mikołaj Górecki, as the DUX site would have us believe – that’s the name of H.M.Górecki’s son, who is also a composer): the under-appreciated and rarely heard Three Dances op. 34. Górecki’s music is followed by that of, in turn, his pupil, Eugeniusz Knapik. One of my two favorite “Stalowa Wola Generation” composers. His piece is the song cycle La flute de jade for soprano and orchestra (have never heard it). Performers are: Bożena Harasimowicz (soprano) and the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra under Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk. I must say I greatly appreciate the idea of building a disc around a teacher-student, generation-after-generation concept. Really looking forward to this.
(The catalog number is DUX 0732.)