Krzysztof Baculewski

Krzysztof Baculewski "Subjective Annals 60 Editions of the Festival"


The programme featured the classics of contemporary music - that recent one, which came after neo-Classicism, socialist realism etc.: Symphonie pour un homme seul by Pierre Henry and Pierre Schaeffer, Espaces inhabitables by François Bayle, Wozzeck by Alban Berg, Réveil des oiseaux by Olivier Messiaen (with Jeanne Loriod playing real ondes Martenot; in Joan d'Arc at the Stake by Arthur Honegger that instrument, in the absence of a genuine one, was replaced in Poland by... a Hammond organ), and Edgar Varèse's Equatorial. Major events: Symphony No. 2 by Witold Lutosławski, spatial music Terrêtektorh by Iannis Xenakis, in which the orchestra was placed among the audience, and Echoi by Lukas Foss. Bernadetta Matuszczak made her debut. Prominent performers: Orchestre Philharmonique de l'ORTF in three (!) programmes conducted by Charles Bruck and Andrzej Markowski, and mezzo-soprano Anna Malewicz-Madey. Rather modest Perhaps, but we did not notice it at the time. The 'Warsaw Autumn' was still a celebration in which one wanted to take part. The chair of the Repertoire Committee was occupied by Andrzej Dobrowolski.