Year of release: 2018
Medium: CD
Label: DUX
Number: 1472
Performers: Polish Chamber Choir, Wioleta Łukaszewska, Jan Łukaszewski

IRENEUSZ ŁUKASZEWSKI (b. 1938)

Jubilate Deo [4:46]
Kyrie.Rondo [4:21]
Salve Regina [5:06]
St Bernard’s Prayer [3:31]
Sleepy Carol [5:08]
Star of Bethlehem [7:04]

IGNACY JAN PADEREWSKI (1860 - 1941)

Above Water Vast and Pure op.18, lyrics by Adam Mickiewicz [3:08]
4 lieder op. 7, lyrics by Adam Asnyk
When the Last Rose Has Wilted [2:04]
Grey Horse [1:40]
A Birch Rustles in the Grove [3:28]
They Took My Boyfriend [3:30]

FRYDERYK CHOPIN (1810 - 1849)

3 lieder op. 74
The Wish, lyrics by Stefan Witwicki [1:45]
Melody, lyrics by Zygmunt Krasiński [2:35]
Lovely Boy, lyrics by Bohdan Zaleski [2:30]

 

Year of release: 2017
Medium: CD
Label: Warner Classic
Performers: Polish Chamber Choir | Jan Łukaszewski - conductor

On 9 June 2017 came the release of a very special album that not only soothes the senses, but also provokes a deeper spiritual reflection and provides repose from the never-ending race of our daily lives. Motets by Paweł Łukaszewski, winner of many awards for his music and its recordings, contains the composer’s original compositions performed by the Polish Chamber Choir conducted by Jan Łukaszewski.

 “Łukaszewski’s goal is to create art that would simultaneously draw upon the achievements of contemporary music and is deeply rooted in the music of the past,” says Ewa Szczecińska, musicologist, critic and journalist at the Music Section of Polish Radio Two.

Indeed this music is strongly inspired by tradition, although there is no denying that it is fresh and genuine. Stephen Layton, the director of the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, the Polyphony and the Holst Singers, to whom one of the pieces on the album is dedicated, has praised the Polish composer’s oeuvre for its spiritual intensity, diversity of sound colour and sophistication, even comparing Łukaszewski’s work to the legacy of Henryk Górecki and Arvo Pärt, composers known for their emblematic style and universal message expressed in intimate but emotionally powerful music. 

 “When after a concert people often tell me that my music has moved them–this is the most wonderful review that I can get. . .But I try to be genuine and I don’t want to manipulate anyone’s emotions,” said Paweł Łukaszewski in Presto Music Film Art magazine. “You can tell a good composer by the way he or she can write for the human voice.” 

Experts from abroad emphasise that “it is clear that Polish composer Paweł Łukaszewski belongs to company of titans” (Ronald E. Grimes, Fanfare Magazine, USA).

 There is no question that the art of Paweł Łukaszewski is music that taps into deep wells of human sensitivity, which we can easily lose in our everyday rush, writes Emilia Dudkiewicz in her review of the album. And though it was conceived through the composer’s profound spiritual experiences, it can in fact be an antidote for the negative emotions which sometimes accumulate in us, and which we cannot quell by ourselves. The Motets are like the light of dawn, like caramel melting in the mouth, like petals of a rose in bloom–or like the calm breath of a child that can finally dry its tears, full of wonderful joy. For some this music is a feast of sound and a source of comfort. For others – it is a spiritual journey. It inspires profound reflection and “helps us explore the true meaning of the world, and of ourselves” (Emilia Dudkiewicz).

  

Tracklist:

MOTETS

1. Motette (2011) Carus Verlag, Germany 7:01 *
2. Adoramus te, Christe (2014), Pana Musica, Japan 3:06 *
3. Pater noster (2014), Pana Musica, Japan 3:25 *
4. Psalmus 120 (2008), PWM Edition 2:46
5. Beatus vir, Sanctus Adalbertus (1997), PWM Edition 2:17
6. Nunc dimittis (2007), Chester Music, UK 4:47
7. Beatus vir, Sanctus Martinus (1996), Chester Music, UK 3:19
8. Psalmus 129 (2008), PWM Edition 3:00
9. Ave Maria (1992), Chester Music, UK 4:12
10. Ave Maris Stella (2003) 3:00 *
11. Regina caeli (2014), Pana Musica, Japan 2:44 *
12. Alleluia (2014), Walton, USA 2:13 *
13-17.Pięć żałobnych pieśni kurpiowskich / Five funeral Kurpian songs (2009) PWM Edition 15:33
18. Adventgebet (2003) 4:16 *

TOTAL TIME 61:33

* world premiere recording

Year of release: 2017
Medium: CD
Label: Polskie Radio
Performers: Marcin Pospieszalski, M.P. Kelly, Michał Lorenc, Józef Skrzek, Tony Mendelez, Levi Sakala, Maleo, Stan Fortuna, Luxtorpeda, Polski Chór Kameralny, Jan Łukaszewski, PFK Sopot, Wojciech Rajski

Year of release: 2015
Medium: CD
Label: TACET
Number: 974
Performers: Bomi Lee – soprano, Agnieszka Rehlis- alto, Krystian Krzeszowiak – tenor, Tareq Nazmi – bass, Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot, Polish Chamber Choir

Year of release: 2015
Medium: DVD
Label: TOProduction
Performers: Alekdandra Kurzak, Antoni Pawlicki, Polish Chamber Choir, Warsaw Boys Choir, AUKSO City of Tychy Chamber Orchestra conducted by Marek Moś

Year of release: 2015
Medium: CD
Label: DUX
Performers: Iwona Socha , Agnieszka Rehlis, Tomasz Krzysica, Wojtek Gierlach | Sinfonia Iuventus Polish Orchestra | Polish Chamber Choir | Paweł Przytocki – Conductor

Year of release: 2014
Medium: CD
Label: Kancelaria Prezydenta Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej Bronisława Komorowskiego
Performers: Włodek Pawlik Trio
 | Włodek Pawlik -piano
 | Paweł Pańta – double bass
 | Cezary Konrad – drums
 | Polish Chamber Choir 
Jan Łukaszewski – Choir preparation 
Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra
 | Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski – conductor

Year of release: 2014
Medium: CD
Label: DUX
Number: 0964a
Performers: Polish Chamber Choir | 
Jan Łukaszewski – conductor

Year of release: 2014
Medium: CD
Label: Polskie Radio
Performers: Polish Chamber Choir conducted by Jan Łukaszewski | Paddy Kelly, Al Bano Carrisi, Hrystyna Pidlisetska, Ryszard Rynkowski, Maleo, Jan Trebunia – Tutka, Marcin Pospieszalski | Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot conducted by Ariel Ludwiczak

Year of release: 2013
Medium: CD
Label: Polmic 089
Number: PRCD 1741
Performers: Polska Orkiestra Kameralna, Jerzy Maksymiuk - dyrygent, Zespół solistów, Zbigniew Penherski dyrygent, Jan Jakub Monowid - głos, Kwartet Wilanów, Orkiestra Kameralna Polskiego Radia Amadeus (Agnieszka Duczmal - dyrygent), Polski Chór Kameralny (Jan Łukaszewski - dyrygent)

Year of release: 2013
Medium: CD
Label: DUX
Performers: Performers: Polish Chamber Choir I Jan Łukaszewski – conductor | Krzysztof Stachowski – basso profondo | Cracow Philharmonic Instrumentalist Ensemble | Haba Percussion Group

Year of release: 2013
Medium: CD
Label: DUX
Performers: Polish Chamber Choir | Jan Łukaszewski – conductor
Soloists: Róże: Wiesława Łukaszewska, Jerzy Stelmański | O mój Rozmarynie: Andrzej Macierzyński, Lech Wittschenbach | Kto Cię wołał, Legionisto: Sebastian Mandziej

Year of release: 2013
Medium: CD
Label: DUX
Number: 0995
Performers: Polish Chamber Choir 
Jan Łukaszewski – conductor.

Year of release: 2012
Medium: CD
Label: Polskie Radio
Number: PRCD 1523
Performers: Sinfonia Sacromontana Orchestra, Polish Chamber Choir, Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski – Conductor [1] | Czech Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Poznań Chamber Choir, Jakub Klecker – Conductor [2] | Sinfonia Nordica Gdynia Chamber Orchestra, Gdańsk University of Technology Choir, Mariusz Mróz – Conductor [3]

Year of release: 2011
Medium: CD
Label: Twoja Muza
Number: 4/2011
Performers: Jolanta Kowalska – soprano, Polish Orchestra of the 18th Century, Paul Esswood – Conductor [1] | Cracow Polish Radio Choir, Cappella Cracoviensis Vocal Ensemble, Polish Chamber Choir, Włodzimierz Siedlik – Conductor [2] | Polish Chamber Choir, Jan Łukaszewski – Conductor [3,4] | Cracow Polish Radio Choir, Częstochowa Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Jerzy Swoboda – Conductor [5]

Year of release: 2011
Medium: CD
Label: Acte Prealable
Number: AP0252
Performers: solo: Alicja Giętkowska – soprano [3, 6]
Wiesława Łukaszewska – soprano [2]
Izabella Mandziej – soprano [1]
Jerzy Stelmański – tenor [2]
Polish Chamber Choir
Conductor: Jan Łukaszewski

Year of release: 2009
Medium: CD
Label: Twoja Muza
Number: 6/2009
Performers: Talia Or – soprano [6, 7] | Polish Chamber Choir [1, 2, 6, 7] | Polish Radio Choir [3, 4, 5] | Morphing Vienna Chamber Orchestra [6, 7] | Jan Łukaszewski – conductor [1, 2] | Włodzimierz Siedlik – conductor [3, 4, 5] | Michał Dworzyński – conductor [6, 7]

Year of release: 2008
Medium: CD
Label: Musica Sacra Edition
Number: MSE020
Performers: Małgorzata Armanowska – soprano [2]
 | Szymon Bogacz – trumpet [8]
 | Arkadiusz Górecki – trombone [8]
 | Andrzej Chorosiński – organ [2]
 | Cracow Percussion Group, artistic director – Jan Pilch [2]
 | Podlasie Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Choir, artistic director – Violetta Bielecka [1, 5]
 | Warsaw Theological Academy Choir, conductor Father Kazimierz Szymonik [3, 4]
 | Polish Chamber Choir, conductor – Jan Łukaszewski [6]
 | The Holst Singers – conductor Stephen Layton [7]

Year of release: 2007
Medium: CD
Label: Musica Sacra Edition
Number: MSE014
Performers: Polish Chamber Choir, conductor Jan Łukaszewski [1] | The Holst Singers, conductor Stephen Layton [2] | Wacław Golonka, Concerto Avenna Ensemble, conductor Andrzej Mysiński [3] | Anna Mikołajczyk-Niewiedział, Podlasie Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, conductor Piotr Borkowski [4] | Agata Zubel-Moc, Katarzyna Trylnik, Anna Haas-Niewiedział, Piotr Niewiedział, University of Poznań Chamber Choir, Classic Chamber Choir of the University of Yelts / Russia, Leeds University Liturgical Choir, Astrolabium Chamber Choir of the WSB University in Toruń, Daina Choir of the University of Agriculture Kaunas / Lithuania, Moscow Pedagogical University Chamber Choir / Russia, Musica Mundana Choir Lublin, Bartok University of Miskolc, Symphonic Orchestra of the Middle Music School in Poznań, University of Poznań Chamber Orchestra, conductor 
Łukasz Borowicz

Year of release: 2006
Medium: DVD
Label: commemorating the 60th anniversary of Radio Gdańsk
Performers: Agnieszka Tomaszewska – soprano | Paweł Skałuba – tenor | Adam Wendt – saxophone | Pueri Cantores Olivenses Boys Choir | Polish Chamber Choir | Polish Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Sopot | Jan Łukaszewski (choir preparation) | Wojciech Rajski – conductor