Krzysztof Baculewski

Krzysztof Baculewski "Subjective Annals 60 Editions of the Festival"


This Festival edition consisted of seventeen concerts and opera performances, with an increasing proportion of chamber music. After the experiences of the preceding year, the pro le of the Festival seems to have been clearly de ned. The participants included: Mstislav Rostropovich, the Parrenin Quartet, singers: Josephine Nendick and Halina Łukomska - sopranos, Krystyna Szostek-Radkowa - mezzo-soprano and Kazimierz Pustelak - tenor; conductors: Hiroyuki Iwaki with the Tokyo NHK Orchestra, Karel Ančerl with the Czech Philharmonic, as well as Polish masters of the baton: Witold Rowicki, Stanisław Wisłocki, Andrzej Markowski and Jan Krenz, with a guest appearance by Roman Maciejewski. The programme featured Bogusław Schae er. Working through the historical backlog, the Baltic Opera presented Béla Bartók's The Miraculous Mandarin. There were significantly fewer foreign performers. However, one should note an important new development: 'a review of experimental music', in other words, a concert of tape music. This presentation by Józef Patkowski, the director of the Experimental Studio of Polish Radio, set up three years earlier, included the first Polish work of this kind: Study for One Cymbal Stroke by Włodzimierz Kotoński. This was the beginning of the history of Polish electroacoustic music at 'Warsaw Autumn'. Other interesting and original events included the presentation of radio operas by Grażyna Bacewicz (The Adventure of King Arthur) and Zbigniew Wiszniewski (Neffru).

Witold Lutosławski chaired the Repertoire Committee (until 1965).