Baroque in Poland - church and court music

Baroque in Poland Composers: Marcin Mielczewski, Maciej Wronowicz, Adam Jarzębski, Jan Podbielski, Stanisław Sylwester Szarzyński, Antoni Milwid, Kaspar Förster jun., Giovanni Battista Luparini

Interpreters: Iwona Leśniowska-Lubowicz, Paulina Kilarska, Stanisław Gojny, Dagmar Valentova, Margret Baumgartl, Holger Faust-Peters

  Recording: 19. – 22.02.2009
Quality: DSD
Total time: 67:54
Label: Ars Produktion
Published: 01.11.2009

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Gems of the polish baroque
17th and 18th century church and court music in Poland

Most musicians and music lovers only associate one name with Polish music: Frédéric Chopin. This great 19th century composer was inspired by Polish folk music motifs in many of his works, as were earlier generations of Polish composers before him, but they are now sadly forgotten. 2010 - the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth - may be an opportunity to bring to light once more the little - known gems of 17th and 18th century Polish music. These pieces, written by Polish and foreign composers living in Poland, deserve much greater attention and we are delighted to present a selection of them on our CD.
[...] A great many vocal and instrumental chamber works composed in Poland in the 17th and 18th century are sadly lost forever to European music history. The surviving pieces presented here are distinguished by their high level of artistry and we hope our CD will be a small contribution towards bringing these valuable works to a wider public.



Marcin Mielczewski (1590 – 1651)
1Canzona prima a 2 (for 2 violins and b.c.)
Maciej Wronowicz (about 1645 – about 1700)
2"In dulci iubilo" - Concerto a 3 (for soprano, 2 violins and b.c.)
Adam Jarzębski (1590 – 1648)
3"Berlinesa" Concerto a 3 (for 2 violins, viola da gamba and b.c.)
Jan Podbielski (XVII c.)
4Prelude (harpsichord solo)
Anonymus (XVII c.)
5"Canzona primi toni" from Warsaw Organ Tabulature (organ solo)
Stanisław Sylwester Szarzyński (about 1670 – 1713)
6"Jesu spes mea" Concerto a 3 (for soprano, 2 violins and b.c.)
Stanisław Sylwester Szarzyński
7"Veni, Sancte Spiritus" Concerto a 3 (for soprano, 2 violins and b.c.)
Stanisław Sylwester Szarzyński
8Sonata a due violini con basso pro organo
Adagio – Allegro – Grave – Allegro – Grave – Allegro – Adagio
Antoni Milwid (1755 – 1837)
9Cantata "Semper mi Jesu" (for soprano, violin and b.c.)
violin solo: Dagmar Valentova
Kaspar Förster jun. (1616 – 1673)
Sonata G (for 2 violins, viola da gamba and b.c.)
10Adagio – Allegro
12Adagio – Allegro – Allegro
Giovanni Battista Luparini (about 1700 – 1775)
Cantata "In martirio crudele" (for soprano, 2 violins and b.c.)
14Recitativo – Aria
15Recitativo – Aria – Alleluia


alla polacca:
Iwona Leśniowska-Lubowicz – soprano
Paulina Kilarska – organ, harpsichord
Stanisław Gojny – theorbo
Dagmar Valentova – baroque violin
Margret Baumgartl – baroque violin
Holger Faust-Peters – viola da gamba




Sponsored by the Stiftung für deutsch-polnische Zusammenarbeit foundation and The Adam Mickiewicz Institute.