ACCORDION SOLO

”He thrills the audience, awakens emotions, plays with conventions and does not allow to label his musical style as he interprets various works with equal ease, whether it is Piazzolla, Bach, Przybylski or Penderecki”.   Maria Peryt – Warner Music

 

”I do not think I have ever heard an accordion that would sound in such a spectacular and intimate way at the same time. Natural and original phrasing in Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita in C minor No. 2 was astounding. Maciej Frąckiewicz is a sensitive musician whose intuitive sense of pulse, emotions and dramaturgy is undeniable. The strength of his performance lies in expressive articulation, broad dynamic range and narrative unconstraint which enables the artist to intensify the culminations. A feast for the ears and the soul”. Maciej Chiżyński – Fryderyk Chopin Institute

 

“The accordionist skilfully sketches contrasting profiles of the compositions using expressive, sharp and acute sounds interchangeably with majestic or sophisticated, lyric and soft ones. His insight into Baroque, Post-Romantic and Avant-garde style is very convincing. He enchants the listeners with cantilena and sounds’ accumulation, particularly in virtuoso fragments, attracts their attention by exploring possibilities of his concert instrument which occasionally resembles organ and at other times – electronic music. His music demonstrates contrasts, is mature and evocative, creates a gloomy or solemn and elevated atmosphere. Maciej Frąckiewicz takes the listeners for a spiritual journey which becomes eschatological at times”.   CzasKultury.pl

 

His most recent engagements include concerts at Folefest in Lisbon in 2014 (classical solo repertoire), ISCM World Music Days in Wrocław in 2014 (performance involving contemporary compositions) and WDR 3 in Cologne in 2012 (J.S.Bach’s Goldberg Variations).

 

He worked with Krzysztof Penderecki on Sinfonietta for accordion solo which he premiered and edited for print for SCHOTT Musik.

Luciano Berio Sequenza XIII „Chanson” (1995)

Wojciech Blecharz Hypopnea**  (2010)

Wiesław Cienciała Cadenza (1988)

Alexandra Filonenko Schättenspiel (2010)

Sofia Gubaidulina Sonata Et Expecto (1986)

                                  De Profundis (1978)

                                  Kadenza (2010)

Vagn Holmboe Sonata no 1 op. 143A (1979)

Toshio Hosokawa Sen V (1991)

Rafał Janiak  Sonata awakening – movement  – cogitation** (2011)

Aleksander Kościów Ilargia (2003)

Andrzej Krzanowski Studium III (1975)

                                     Relief I (1986)

                                     Sonata no 2 (1987)

Anatolij Kusjakow Sonata no 2 (1981)

                                  Sonata no 4 (1991)

Bent Lorentzen Tears (1992)

Staffan Mossenmark Woodspirit (1989)

Arne Nordheim Flashing (1986)

Tomasz Jakub Opałka Five CloudScapes**  (2009)

Krzysztof Penderecki Sinfonietta (1991/2013)

Dariusz Przybylski Sonata da chiesa (2011)

Jose Maria Sanchez Verdu Arquitecturas del silencio (2004)

Wiaczesław Siemionow Caprice nr 2 S.O.S. (2002)

                                           Brahmsiana (2004)

Jagoda Szmytka Open the box!** (2010)

Jukka Tiensuu Fantango (1984)

Vaclav Trojan Ruined Cathedral (1958)

Andrzej Tuchowski Te lucis ante terminum (2000)

Isaac Albeniz Cordoba

                         Asturias 

J. S.Bach Partita c BWV 826 

                 Englisch Suite a BWV 807

                Goldberg Variations BWV 988

                Das Wohltemperierte Klavier (excerpts)

                Ich ruff zu Dirr, Her Jesu Christ 

Antonio de Cabezon Tiento VII de quarto tono

Enrique Granados Spanish Dance no 2 „Oriental” 

Felix Mendelssohn/Rachmaninow Scherzo from „Midsummer Night’s Dream”

W. A. Mozart Andante KV 616 (1791)

                       Variations Ah vous dirai-je, maman KV 265

                       Adagio KV 365

Astor Piazzolla Excerpts

Jean Philippe Rameau Pieces de clavecin (excerpts) 

Domenico Scarlatti Sonatas (excerpts)

Alfred Schnittke Excerpts from „Gogol-Suite”

 

** dedicated to Maciej Frąckiewicz

 







 


+ORCHESTRA

”Maciej Frąckiewicz’s accordion force brings the reason for winning ”Polityka’s Passport 2012” into average music listener’s attention. Classical music had neither influence nor authority of this kind in a long time”. portEl.pl

 

”Maciej Frąckiewicz had an opportunity to present his technical skills and attention paid both to the instrument’s timbre and modern music structures characteristic for Nordheim’s work. His part, thanks to this mindfulness, either blended with the orchestra, or extended and enriched its sound, somehow prolonged it, making the whole ensemble follow his traces” Stanisław Olędzki, Around the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic

 

Although today nobody questions the beauty and the subtlety of the accordion sound, it is still rarely treated as a concert instrument. This is not true about Maciej Frąckiewicz, who regularly collaborates with the most prestigious orchestras in Poland and abroad. He is the first accordionist in the history to have performed as a soloist with Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (2012).

 

His most notable achievements include performing at the final concert of the International Festival of Contemporary Music ”Warsaw Autumn” (2014), Festival of World Premieres in Katowice (2011, 2015), where he presented works by  Jörg Widmann (with Maestro Jacek Kaspszyk), Dariusz Przybylski (with Maestro Michał Klauza) and PRASQUAL, and premiered 6 compositions for accordion and orchestra.

 

He is the author of accordion version of Villa-Lobos’s Concerto for Harmonica and Orchestra which he performed with Łódź Philharmonic and Polish Radio Orchestra conducted by Maestro José Maria Florêncio.

 

+ Symphonic Orchestra:

Françaix Jean Accordion Concerto (1993)

Gubaidulina Sofia Under the sign of Scorpio (2003)

Majkusiak Mikołaj Concerto Classico(2001)

Milhaud Darius English Suite Op.234 (1942)

Nordheim Arne Spur (1974)

Nowak Aleksander Chicks and robot** i

Nørgård Per Recall (1968)

Piazzolla Astor Aconcagua (1979)

Przybylski B. K. Concerto Classico (1986)

Przybylski Dariusz Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra

..denn ich steure mit meinen Genossen über das dunkle Meer zu unverständlichen Völkern…  ** (2011)

Przybylski Dariusz Murals. Hommage a Mark Rothko** acc + pfte (2014)

Repnikow Albin Concerto – poemat (1966)

Repnikov Albin Concerto no 3 (1988)

Trojan Václav Fairy – Tales (1959)

Schmidt Ole Symphonic Fantasy and Allegro op. 20 (1958)

Senderovas Anatolijus …Ad Astrum (2007)

Villa-Lobos Heitor Accordion Concerto (1955)

Wośko Miłosz Relations** (2015)

 

+ String Orchestra:

Bach J. S. Concerto d BWV 1052 (1738-39)

Błażewicz Marcin Accordion Concerto (2012)

Gubaidulina Sofia Fachwerk (2009)

Gubaidulina Sofia Seven Words (1982) acc + vc

Majkusiak Mikołaj FisConcerto (2007) 2 acc

Majkusiak Mikołaj Rhythm Games** (2014) acc + vc

Molique Bernhard Concerto in g (1863)

Piazzolla Astor Estaciones Portenas (1965-70) acc + git

Piazzolla Astor Five Tango Sensations (1989)

Piazzolla Astor Hommage a Liege (1984) acc + git (also in version for acc + vc)

Przybylski B. K.  Concerto Classico (1986)

Sallinen Aulis Chamber Music V Op. 80,”Barabbas Variations” (2000)

Szamo Igor Accordion Concerto (1981)

 

** dedicated to Maciej Frąckiewicz



+MAGDALENA BOJANOWICZ

CELLO

”Young artists prove that the cello and accordion sounds are surprisingly a good match”. Dorota Szwarcman – Polityka Newspaper

 

”For cello which is not obliged to perform Bach only and accordion, a repertoire of which does not have to be narrowed down to Piazzolla. Bojanowicz and Frąckiewicz, however, do perform these works as well” Jacek Hawryluk – Polish Radio

 

TWOgether Duo makes efforts to demonstrate virtuosity in music and all range of skills while bearing in mind that they form one musical space and body whose shape has been determined by artistic and expressive values. Among many recognizable assets of this intriguing ensemble, perfection and detail-oriented approach, energy and vital expression seem to be in the lead, making the audience’s imagination subordinate to theirs with no resistance, and using intensive emotions and passion as a way to make their interpretations timeless, characteristic and truculent, which has already become their trademark.

Inspired by Wojciech Blecharz’s composition In my head…  to examine Polish contemporary music in greater detail, the artists started their collaboration in 2007.

The duo proves that cello and accordion, though not an obvious combination, make a good match in various repertoire. Bojanowicz and Frąckiewicz perform not only works written for this instrumentation, usually dedicated to them, but also the transcriptions of classical compositions by Bach, Manuel de Falla, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Astor Piazzolla. Apart from chamber pieces, the artists perform also parts of compositions with choir and orchestra. Their presence on the music scene inspires many composers to diversify the traditional orchestral instrumentation.

(C) Maria Peryt   (C) Filip Lech

Johann Sebastian Bach Sonatas BWV 1027-29 (ok. 1720)

Béla Bartók Romanian Folk Dances (1915)

Chaya Czernowin Gradual edge (2011)
Manuel de Falla Suite populaire espagnole (1926) 

Sofia Gubaidulina In Croce (1979/91)
Toshio Hosokawa In die Tiefe der Zeit (1994)
Adriana Hölszky Wolke und Mond (1996) 

Erkki Jokinen A Yellow Primrose to Alberto Caeiro (1995)
Ilkka Kuusisto Hymns (2002)

Arvo Pärt Fratres (1980) 

Astor Piazzolla Le Grand Tango (1982) 

Matthias Pintscher dernier espace avec introspecteur (1993) 

Uljas Pulkkis XTC (2002)
Camille Saint-Saëns Priere op. 158 (1919) 

Alfred Schnittke Suite in Old Style (1972) 
Yuji Takahashi Dream Carp (1992)
Jukka Tiensuu Plus III (1992)
Isang Yun Intermezzo (1988)

 

Zbigniew Bargielski Labyrinth (1984/87)

Cezary Duchnowski cROSSFAdE** (2011) ’15 (+ el.)

Rafał Janiak After hours of muteness** (2010)

Bartosz Kowalski Fifth Blue** (2010)
Hanna Kulenty Prelude, Postlude and Psalm (2007)

Mikołaj Laskowski Flux in die blomster** (2013) 

Mikołaj Majkusiak Rhythms of doubt** (2010) 

Aleksander Nowak Satin** (2011)

Piotr Peszat Duck and Cover** (2015)

Dariusz Przybylski Discours op. 49** (2009) 

Tomasz Szczepaniak Gangkhar II** (2014) (+el.)

Piotr Tabakiernik šeg**(2014)

Wojciech Ziemowit Zych Cooperative II** (2010)

 

+ choir

Bruno Mantovani Cantate no 4 (2012)

 

+ orchestra

Mikołaj Majkusiak Rhythm Games** (2014)

Astor Piazzolla Hommage a Liege (arr. A. Senderovas) (1984)

**dedicated to TWOgether Duo



 


+MAREK BRACHA

PIANO

Two outstanding artists formed an unusual duo consisting of two seemingly mismatched instruments. Prize-winners of the 18th Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition in Łódź (2013).

The ensemble’s basic repertoire includes compositions unknown to broader audience, which originally were written for instruments that are not in use anymore – pump organ and English concertina. They were replaced by accordion as a consequence of an instrument development process.

Regardless, the performers explore new possibilities of their instruments and search for a synthesis of the old and the undiscovered. Thanks to their efforts, Dariusz Przybylski was commissioned by the Ludwig van Beethoven Association to write Murals. Hommage à Mark Rothko for the “Composition Commissions” programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance. The concerto was premiered with Beethoven Academy Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Jacek Kaspszyk.

Leoš Janáček On An Overgrown Path (arr. S. Heucke) (1900-1911) 

César Franck Prelude, Fugue and Variations op. 18 (1862)

Andrzej Krzanowski The Wind Carries the Echo Across the glade (1981) 

Mikołaj Majkusiak One night of passion (2009) 

Karol Mikuli Etude H op. 12 (1867) 

Bernhard Molique Sonata op. 57 (1857) 
                             Six Characteristics Pieces op. 61 (1859) 

Astor Piazzolla Fuga y Misterio (1968)

                          Oblivion (1982)
                         Tanti Anni Prima (1984) 

Dariusz Przybylski Red on Maroon. Hommage à Mark Rothko op. 84** (2015)

Uros Rojko Bagateles (1994)
Camille Saint-Saëns
Six Duos op. 8 (excerpts) (1858)

Jean Sibelius Andante cantabile Es(JS30b) (1887) 

Heikki Valpola Marilina (1987)

 

Symphonic Orchester

Dariusz Przybylski Murals. Hommage à Mark Rothko op. 83** (2014)

** dedicated to Duo

 

 



+ŁUKASZ KUROPACZEWSKI

CLASSICAL GUITAR

”Both performers, impeccable in their technical skills, showed not only great virtuosity, but most of all huge temperament and a joy of music making”. – Gazeta Wyborcza

 

Two of the busiest artists among Polish soloists decided to join forces and form a duo of 2 most underappreciated instruments in the world of classical music. Their precision is hypnotizing, profound emotions alluring and hidden tension which they control from the very first moment until the very last bar – tempting. When such artistic and charismatic personalities collide with one another, an essential question arises – will this be a fight or an utter understanding, the latter of which may be achieved only by very few people?

The artists have their first concert tour in the United States scheduled for March 2016.

 

Luigi Boccherini  Introduction and Fandango (arr. Maciej Frąckiewicz) 

Astor Piazzolla  Tango Suite

Izaack Albeniz  Asturias (arr. Maciej Frąckiewicz)

Tomás Gubitsch  Villa Luro

                            Travesuras 

Fernando Tavolaro  Milonga no. 5 

Astor Piazzolla  Oblivion

                           Zita
José María Sánchez-Verdú  Dhatar

Jacek Rabinski  Il Vento Sferza

 

+ Orchestra

Astor Piazzolla  Estaciones Portenas (1965-70)

Astor Piazzolla Hommage a Liege (1984)