“Beethoven Magazine” No. 17

Thursday, 21 February 2013
The latest issue of Beethoven Magazine is devoted to the big three of Polish 20th-century composers, whose anniversaries are celebrated this year: Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. Their work is discussed in the issue by musicologist Iwona Lindstedt, who also interviewed Krzysztof Penderecki about his music, including his latest works such as “Missa brevis", Double Concerto for Violin and Viola, “Duo Concertante" and the new version of “The Devils of Loudun” opera.
Anna S. Dębowska writes about the celebrations of the Lutosławski Year in Warsaw (Anne-Sophie Mutter’s concert) and London (Krystian Zimerman’s concert), while in her essay Ewa Szczecińska attempts to answer why Witold Lutosławski did not write an opera, despite the fact that theatricality was so significant in his instrumental oeuvre. The current issue of the magazine is complemented by an important topic of the relay of generations, namely the debuts of a new generation of artists born in the 1980s and 1990s. Grzegorz Dąbrowski talks to 24-year-old Magdalena Bojanowicz (cello) and Maciej Frąckiewicz (accordion), winners of this year’s Polityka’s Passports. Tomasz Handzlik interviews jazz pianist Piotr Orzechowski (“Pianohooligan”), the author of an interesting record experiment transcribing some of Krzysztof Penderecki’s instrumental works to the piano.
In the third part of the series “Virgins, Scatterbrains, Vamps and Queens”, Piotr Deptuch depicts the profiles of the operatic femme fatale. On the bicentenary of Verdi’s and Wagner’s birthdays, he also writes about what the two composers have in common and what makes them different. Jacek Marczyński makes a ranking of the most frequently staged 20th-century operas.
The Deutsche Grammophon album series for beginners and advanced music lovers is discussed by Maciej Ł. Gołębiowski. Adam Suprynowicz recommends new recordings of the Belcea Quartet (Beethoven) and Marc Minkowski (Schubert’s symphonies), and Paweł Szczepanik a new biography of Igor Stravinsky.
The most important events in contemporary art are recommended by Dorota Jarecka from “Gazeta Wyborcza", who indicates the venues worth visiting this year.
Anna Cymer writes about music buildings: this instalment discusses Harpa in Reykjavik, a concert and opera hall that looks as if built from ice and light.
The magazine is edited by Anna S. Dębowska, and the graphic layout is designed by Witold Siemaszkiewicz.

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