It all started when a young conductor, Jerzy Maksymiuk, founded the Polish Chamber Orchestra in 1972. Conducted by the charismatic maestro, the Orchestra spread its wings and gained international recognition. Since the Polish Chamber Orchestra became Sinfonia Varsovia, Maestro Maksymiuk has many times stood behind the conductor’s stand to lead the orchestra in unforgettable performances and recordings. To celebrate this unique artistic relationship and the conductor’s 85th birthday, Jerzy Maksymiuk has recorded a joint album with Sinfonia Varsovia. The album will be released on April, 9, Maksymiuk’s birthday. On the same day at 12 PM a talk with the Maestro about the new album will take place in Ewa and Jerzy Maksymiuk’s living room. He will be joined by Jakub Haufa (soloist and concertmaster of Sinfonia Varsovia), Janusz Marynowski (director of Sinfonia Varsovia), and Agata Kwiecińska (music journalist). The event will be live streamed on Sinfonia Varsovia’s YouTube channel and Facebook.
The album features works for string orchestra and soloists in an emotional interpretation of Jerzy Maksymiuk and Sinfonia Varsovia.
The two opening tracks are Claude Debussy’s preludes arranged by Jerzy Maksymiuk: La fille aux cheveux de lin and Des pas sur la neige. The third track is Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis. Next is Andrzej Panufnik’s Violin Concerto. Leaves Falling Here and There, the seventh track on the album, is a piece for piano and chamber orchestra composed in 2011 by Jerzy Maksymiuk himself, who also performs the piano part. The album closes with Wojciech Kilar’s Orawa. The conductor has led this piece over a hundred times.
The album is available for pre-order at empik.com.
Ralph Vaughan Williams