proMODERN shakespired

26 Jan 2018

Barcode: 0190295728052

Other participants: ProModern: Łucja Szablewska, Ewa Puchalska, Ewelina Rzezińska, Andrzej Marusiak, Krzysztof Chalimoniuk, Piotr Pieron

"proMODERN shakespired" is an extraordinary project combining 16th-century poetry with contemporary music, which proves that human emotions have not changed over the centuries. proMODERN’s new reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnets brings them into the world of today’s audience. The composers represent different styles and a broad spectrum of approaches. “proMODERN shakespired” is a new daring project from this brilliant chamber ensemble and fitting addition to the Warner Classics catalogue, which already boasts other critically acclaimed Shakespeare-inspired albums.

The proMODERN sextet consists of great musical individualities. Each of its members is an eminent musician and singer, and pursues their own independent artistic career. The ensemble specialises in contemporary music. It aims to convey to the audience the wealth and beauty of early 21st-century music as the art that is the closest to us all, that utilises a familiar aesthetic and draws on the experience of today’s world.

In the five years since its inception, proMODERN has premiered 28 works (including miniatures, larger unaccompanied forms, vocal-instrumental music and pieces with orchestra), nine different song cycles, as well as creating stage parts in operatic premieres. They present many contemporary works which are not performed by any other ensemble in Poland, and which are rarely heard internationally, such as the famous Stimmung by Karlheinz Stockhausen.

The ensemble derives mutual inspiration from collaboration with eminent Polish composers and invited the following to participate in the “proMODERN shakespired” project: Krzysztof Herdzin, Krzesimir Dębski, Włodzimierz Pawlik, Paweł Łukaszewski, Tomasz Opałka, Dariusz Przybylski, Miłosz Bembinow, Maciej Zieliński, Andrzej Borzym Jr., as well as a special guest – Grammy award-winner Philip Lawson. Fans of the ensemble and lovers of William Shakespeare’s poetry will certainly also welcome the additional pieces by Aleksander Kościów, Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska and Stanisław Moryto, made available as bonus tracks on the digital album version.