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Classical - Released October 22, 2021 | DUX

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Chamber Music - Released September 24, 2021 | DUX

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Classical - Released September 17, 2021 | DUX

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Liliana Stawarz presents a program of Bach’s French Suites. Liliana graduated in 1988 from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (the harpsichord class of Wladyslaw Klosiewicz). Two years later she gained a diploma from the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Rueil-Malmaison, where she studied with Huguette Dreyfus. In 2012–2016 she served as Deputy Dean of the Department of Instrumental Studies and Musical Education and as a coordinator of the Concert Bureau at the Bialystok branch of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. She is currently a Professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and Head of its Interdepartmental Faculty of Early Music. For twenty years she was a member of the Il Tempo Early Music Ensemble which focused on instrumental and vocal-instrumental music from early Baroque to the Classical period. She made numerous recordings for radio, recorded five albums and participated in prestigious early music festivals with Il Tempo, in Poland and abroad (Bruges, Brussels, Utrecht, Moscow, New York, New Brunswick, Rome, Berlin). In 2018 she received the Fryderyk Award of the Polish recording industry in the category "Album of the Year – Early Music" for a live recording of Antonio Caldara’s oratorio Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo, released by Polish Radio. © DUX Records
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Classical - Released September 17, 2021 | DUX

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Aleksander Tansman was a Polish composer of Jewish origin. Born in 1897 in the city of Lódz, he became a French citizen in 1938. In the initial stage of his career, his compositions did not appeal to many Polish music critics. This was because Tansman’s music, like that of Karol Szymanowski, went beyond the narrow confines of a specific historical setting. Even though he won the top prize at a composers’ competition in Warsaw in 1919, Tansman decided to leave for France. This proved a turning point in his career, paving his way to unprecedented international fame. Tansman’s works are presented on this new release by award-winning pianist Hanna Holeksa. © DUX Records
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Classical - Released September 17, 2021 | DUX

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A hot-tempered troublemaker with a violent temperment and an arrogant personality, Louis Marchand was a virtuoso harpsichordist and organist to King Louis XIV. On the present release, Ewa Mrowca presents his Suite en ré mineur, his Suite en sol mineur and La Vénitienne. Ewa Mrowca was born in Kraków, Poland. She started studying the harpsichord at the age of 12. She graduated with honors from the Music Academy in Kraków, where she studied with Elżbieta Stefańska. She also completed her studies under Nicholas Parle at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, and with Jörg-Andreas Bötticher at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. She performs as a soloist and with early music ensembles including Altberg Ensemble, Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense, Capella dell’Ospedale della Pietà Venezia, and Il Giardino d’Amore. In addition to Poland, she has performed in France, Germany, Spain, China, Japan and the United States. © DUX Records
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Chamber Music - Released September 17, 2021 | DUX

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On the present release Duo Wolanska/Gajda presents transcriptions for Piano and Accordion. Duo Wolanska/Gajda is an unusual chamber music ensemble. The combination of piano and accordion opens unlimited performance possibilities. Two solo, independent instruments collide with each other on a sonoristic level, thus creating a new quality of instrumental dialogue. Established in 2014, the ensemble is formed by pianist Julia Wolanska-Gajda and accordionist Michal Gajda.
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Classical - Released September 17, 2021 | DUX

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This new release is a recording of Jagd - a collective composition by Emil Miszk, Kuba Sokolowski, Hubert Zemler, Jerzy Rogiewicz, and Milosz Pekala. Marcelina Obarska writes: “Four raw, minimalist pieces use the poetics of hunting signals, but introduce a definite distortion into their score. The trumpet, which has a triumphant function in the hunting ritual, acts in dispersion here. The sounds of the trumpet are after-images of the proper signals, they are diluted, distant, stripped of their symbolic role. The ecstasy of the hunter is suspended, it appears to be impossible to accomplish. Jagd is a spell against ecstasy. At the same time, a suppressed hunting triumph is not replaced by another triumph; ecstasy does not turn into another ecstasy. It is left in the distance, to die. One can see in Jagd a gesture of renouncing ecstasy as an ultimate form of strong, firm, and explosive expression. Departing from it means turning to regularity and aesthetic severity, and simultaneously – to the meditative dimension of music”. © DUX Records
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Chamber Music - Released August 6, 2021 | DUX

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Adam Bruderek studied violin with Krystyna Jurecka and Anna Wandtke-Wypych at the Stanislaw Moniuszko Music Academy in Gdansk, receiving an honours diploma in 2005. He developed his skills at masterclasses given by prominent violinists such as Zakhar Bron, Pierre Amoyal, Michael Vaiman, Elmira Darvarova, Tomasz Tomaszewski, Edward Gracz, and Krzysztof Jakowicz. He also studied chamber music with Anna Prabucka-Firlej at his alma mater. He is a prizewinner of numerous violin and chamber music competitions, including Fourth Prize and four special awards at the 4th Sergei Taneyev International Chamber Music Competition in Kaluga (Russia) in 2011 (with AKME Piano Quartet), Third Prize at the 6th Johannes Brahms International Chamber Music Competition in Gdansk (2012) and First Prize at the 13th ‘Don Vincenzo Vitti’ International Competition in Castellana Grotte (Italy) in 2014 (in a duo with the pianist Arkadiusz Godzinski). In 2015 the same duo was in the finals of the Ludwig van Beethoven International Chamber Music Competition in Luslawice (Poland). On this release, Bruderek presents a program of works by Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, and John Corigliano. © DUX Records
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Classical - Released August 6, 2021 | DUX

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British composer Michael Head (1900–1976) initially studied piano with Jean Adair, a student of famous Clara Schumann, and vocal performance with Fritz Marston. It was only in 1919 that he began studying composition in the class of Prof. Frederick Corder after he had been admitted to the Royal Academy of Music in London as a Sir Michael Costa scholarship holder. After completing his education, Head lectured at that university for many years. Peter Hope, born in 1930, is another representative of the British school of composers on the present album, also known under the pseudonym William Gardner. He gained fame as an outstanding arranger (he worked with the BBC Concert Orchestra on a number of occasions and orchestrated pieces by composers linked to the American film industry, e.g. John Williams, James Horner, or Laurence Rosenthal). Despite the fact that he has dealt mainly with arrangements and transcriptions throughout his career, his compositional output can be considered impressive. André Previn (1929–2019) is mainly associated as a world-famous conductor, pianist, and promoter of outstanding violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. In this context, his compositional output seems to be unjustly forgotten.
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Classical - Released August 6, 2021 | DUX

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Ernst Köhler numbers among the representatives of the so-called Wroclaw organ school from the first half of the 19th century; this group of composers, whose œuvre combines respect for the contrapuntal refinement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music with the emotional aspects of the new Romantic trends and also heralds an apogee of synthesis; the most perfect embodiment of which was the organ and cantata-oratorio œuvre of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. A certain stylistic conservatism and established opinion concerning the crisis in organ music during the first half of the 19th century is perhaps responsible for the relatively rare performance of works by such composers as Adolph Hesse, Moritz Brosig and Ernst Köhler, the latter of whom is without doubt the least-known figure among the three names mentioned.
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Classical - Released August 6, 2021 | DUX

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Thomas Prat started playing the piano at the age of six but it was his discovery of Chopin’s works a few years later that revealed his passion for music. He studied with Jean Marie Cottet at the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris, and has studied with Eric Vidonne pupil of Alicia de Larrocha at École Normale de Musique de Paris. He also benefited from precious advice during his pianistic journey with Anne Quéffelec and Eugen Indjic. Moreover, his appetite for science led him to become an engineer and specialize in applied mathematics at École Centrale de Paris. He has performed in France at Salle Cortot, at Reid Hall, at Radio France studio 104, at the Festival de Louviers, at the Festival “Les Amateurs Virtuoses!”, at the “Flâneries Musicales de Reims” as well as at the “Nohant Festival Chopin”. He has also performed abroad, at Gasteig in Munich, at Lazienki Park in Warsaw, at the church in Brochów (where Chopin was baptized), in Shanghai and Milan. In 2018 he won First Prize at the Fourth International Fryderyk Chopin Competition for Amateur Pianists in Warsaw organized by the Fryderyk Chopin Society. Amateur competition participants do not work as concert pianists or piano teachers to earn money. They play the piano for the sheer love of music, independently of their professional careers. Present-day amateurs take us back to the time of Chopin (1810–1849), his pupils and his art. © Dux Records
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Jazz - Released July 16, 2021 | DUX

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Classical - Released July 16, 2021 | DUX

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Vladislav Zolotaryov, Alexandr Nagayev and Albin Repnikov – these are household names for fans of 20th-century Russian music for the accordion. The sonatas featured on this release share an aura of tragedy and a reflection on life in the shadow of death. The sonatas are replete with musical associations directly referring to death, as evidenced by Zolotaryov’s use in his Third Sonata of a quotation from the medieval requiem mass sequence "Dies iræ, dies illa". Another example is Repnikov’s use, in the third movement of his composition, of motivic writing from the song Forgotten, abandoned, which tells of a child conscious of his imminent death. Nagayev’s Sonata, Op. 13 was penned a year after Zolotaryov’s tragic demise and is a musical tribute to a friend and fellow composer. © DUX Records
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Classical - Released July 2, 2021 | DUX

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Witold Maliszewski was a prolific Polish composer who is remembered not only for his compositional oeuvre, but also his contribution to education - he was a founder of Odessa Conservatory and a professor at Warsaw Conservatory. Students of Maliszewski include Witold Lutoslawski, Mykola Vililnsky, Shimon Shteynberg, and Boleslaw Woytowicz. His style was largely shaped by Russian musical traditions. His symphonies are non-programmatic, and only the Fourth Symphony in D major contains any trace of traditional Polish music. The present release is a showcase of his symphonic works, performed by the Opole Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Przemyslaw Neumann. © DUX Records
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Classical - Released July 2, 2021 | DUX

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Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska is one of the most active and recognized composers of her generation. Her oeuvre is regularly presented at national and international music festivals and appreciated by music authorities, which is confirmed by numerous awards she has received in prestigious composers’ competitions. The creative output of Fabiańska-Jelińska, despite her young age, includes over a hundred compositions (excluding incidental music and arrangements), written for diverse ensembles, and is constantly expanding. In her work, we can find pieces representing various genres, including songs, solo concertos, symphonic works, while nearly half of them are written for one to four instruments. The present album features compositions created in the years 2015–2019, most of which represent a sui generis specialization of Fabiańska-Jelińska in the genre of instrumental chamber music, including instrumental duos and quartets. The album is complemented with four songs for solo instruments. Together, the compositions constitute a showcase of Fabiańska-Jelińska’s musical language; its indicators include high formal discipline and attention to material coherence, important role of tone color and melody in shaping expression, often marked by the presence of lyrical element, and frequent use of viola and trombone. © DUX Records
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Classical - Released July 2, 2021 | DUX

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This new release from Dux presents Violin Concertos by composer Tadeusz Paciokiewicz. Paciokiewicz used to say that “even the best craftsmanship and compositional skills are only a means to achieve the goal of expressing a work”. In every composition by Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz, there is a multiplicity and changeability of moods. The character of his music oscillates between the poles of extreme emotions, using refined nuances. The composer received many awards and distinctions for his pedagogical and artistic activity. Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz wrote the following about his works: “The most characteristic features of my style include, above all, the symbiosis of homophony with polyphony and the use, especially in themes, of all twelve notes of the scale. The use of the full twelve-note scale does not imply, however, any connection with the dodecaphonic technique. I tend to lean towards the atonal style, without sacrificing tonality, which I use quite individually. In my works, I prefer classical forms: sonata, concerto, symphony, rondo, or variations. I also often use baroque forms, such as passacaglia, fugue, or cantata. Emotionality is an inherent feature of my compositions, without which the music is dead and boring, and boredom is actually the enemy of art”. © DUX Records
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Electronic - Released June 18, 2021 | DUX

We learn village music straight from the source, from folk masters. We are fascinated by timbral-emotional phenomenon, beyond description, words, notes. We see parallels between the flow of a folk party and the pulse of a club night, between meaty fiddles and glitch electronica. “The band succeeds in conveying this sense to the listener. The electronics helps stippling traditional rhythms, the variantivity of folk music is transmitted through scratching or light glitching – Niewte seamlessly merges the old with the new” (Katarzyna Ryzel, Ruch Muzyczny). This allows for creating personal, up-to-date music, yet still drawn from archaic Polish idiom. Utilitarian and refined, dancing and deep, local and global, from grandpas to kids. © DUX Records
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Classical - Released May 21, 2021 | DUX

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"It is not very common to come across a composer whose genius is being praised, but whose music is more often discussed than performed at the same time. This is the paradoxical situation we are dealing with in the case of Grażyna Bacewicz and her compositional oeuvre. The creator herself was an outstanding figure, extremely versatile, belying the still popular in her time view that women, by their very nature, cannot act as creatively as men. Grażyna Bacewicz would successfully defy that deeply conditioned social belief that “female” music is inferior...". This recording is entirely devoted to Grażyna Bacewicz’s piano output. In addition to the known, repeatedly performed and recorded work, i.e. the Sonata No. 2 (1953), the album also includes pieces that have been recorded only several times – the Sonata No. 1 (1949) and 2 Etudes (1952) as well as items that are world phonographic premieres – a Sonata composed in 1930 and an First Etude (1949). © DUX Records
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Chamber Music - Released May 21, 2021 | DUX

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On January 23, 2021, the music world celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the death of Wladyslaw Zelenski, the founder and long-time director of the Music Conservatory in Kraków, and one of the most outstanding representatives of the Romantic era in Poland. This album contains studio recordings of two great chamber works, showing the excellent compositional technique of the Polish composer. Recordings of both works make the listener aware of the enormous potential of Zelenski as a composer. What's more, each of the pieces, despite the apparent simplicity and formal transparency, is marked by a large dose of individualism and expressive and social distinctiveness. All this makes the above-mentioned works by Zelenski one of the greatest showpieces in the history of chamber music in the world. © DUX Records
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Classical - Released May 21, 2021 | DUX

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This new release features the music of Ryo Noda, Doctor of Medicine, Professor of Art Therapy Course, Art and Primary Education Department, Faculty of Arts, Osaka University of Arts, Music-Kinetic Therapist, composer, saxophone player, and Director of the Japan Coma Society. As a composer, he produced and performed educational works such as ballet, theatrical performances, and audio-visual education at the request of the French Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Education, and performed in a contemporary Noh play Kiyotsune, a work commissioned by the French Broadcasting Station and National Museum of Modern Arts in Paris. His public performances in New York and Montreal, sponsored by the Japan Foundation were critically acclaimed in "Le Monde" and "The New York Times". He was also invited by the Asian Cultural Council and Asia Society, New York to give recitals of his own works, and at the same time, deepened friendships with John Cage, Philip Glass, and other contemporary composers. © DUX Records