Krzysztof Baculewski

Krzysztof Baculewski "Subjective Annals 60 Editions of the Festival"


That year's Festival began with a memorable performance of Tout un monde lointain... by Henri Dutilleux for cello and orchestra (Wolfgang Boettcher replaced Mstislav Rostropovich), and ended with the first performance of Terra incognita by Włodzimierz Kotoński as well as a presentation of Symphony No. 3 by Witold Lutosławski, which had already achieved both o cial and uno cial fame (it was given an award by the delegalised underground 'Solidarity' Union for the year 1984). The Festival programme featured A Polish Requiem by Krzysztof Penderecki, the debut of Grażyna Krzanowska (String Quartet No. 2), Impresja kapryśna (Impression Caprice) by Stefan Kisielewski (absent from the 'Warsaw Autumn' programmes for the previous 21 years!), Wyspy (Islands) by Eugeniusz Knapik, Symphony No. 4 ('Polish Symphony') by Krzysztof Meyer, the first performance of Concerto for Orchestra by Andrzej Krzanowski; debuts by: Jacek Grudzień, Tadeusz Wielecki (Melodia z akompaniamentem / Melody with accompaniment); Stanisław Krupowicz with his piece for tape Music for S dedicated to the 'Solidarity', and a posthumous debut by Andrzej Bieżan with the tragic Isn't it (also for tape). Electroacoustic and computer music was now performed more frequently and began to play a more important role at the Festival (three concerts in 1984). Among the performers one should note the presence of a new trombone quartet from Stockholm - The New Culture Quartet, Italian pianist Bruno Canino; a superb concert by the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie conducted by Heinz Holliger, which included the Polish première of Chain I by Witold Lutosławski and a moving performance of Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum by Olivier Messiaena.