Polish Music?


I'm doing some research for a production and I need some classic polish music. Especially sad Polish music.

Can anyone help?
rsbeck
Try Lutoslawski, a modern composer, his work was published by EMI Classics, in the MATRIX series.
Well here are some ideas:
Mieczyslaw Karlowicz (1876-1909) »Serenade«, Jerzy Fitelberg (1903-1951) »Concerto for string orchestra«, Simon Laks (1901-1983) »Sinfonietta«, Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986) »Triptyque«

Very important: Karol Szymanowski
Symphonies Nr. 1 op. 15 und Nr.2 op. 19; Polnische Staatsphilharmonie Kattowitz, Karol Stryja.
Naxos 8.553683

Symphony Nr. 3 Lied der Nacht op. 27 und Nr. 4 Symphony Concertante op.60, Concertouverture op. 12; Polnische Staatsphilharmonie Kattowitz, Karol Stryja.
Naxos 8.553684

Concerto for violin Nr. 1 op. 35 und Nr. 2 op. 61, Nocturne and Tarantella op. 28; Polnische Staatsphilharmonie Kattowitz, Karol Stryja.
Naxos 8.553685

Harnasie op. 55, Mandragora op. 43, Etude op. 4,3; Polnische Staatsphilharmonie Kattowitz, Karol Stryja.
Naxos 8.553686

Stabat Mater op. 53, Veni Creator op. 47, Litany to the Virgin Mary op. 59 u.a.; Polnische Staatsphilharmonie Kattowitz, Karol Stryja.
Naxos 8.553687

Love songs of Hafis op. 24,Songs of the Muezzin in love op. 42, Lieder der Märchenprinzessin op. 31 u.a.; Polnische Staatsphilharmonie Kattowitz, Karol Stryja.
Naxos 8.553688

König Roger; Zagorzanka, Grychnik, Ochman, Mroz u.a.; Polnische Staatsphilharmonie Kattowitz, Karol Stryja.
Naxos 8.660062-63

König Roger, Symphony Nr. 4 Symphonie Concertante; Hampson, Minkiewicz, Langridge, Jadwiga Rappé, Leif Ove Andsnes (Klavier), City of Birmingham Orchestra, Simon Rattle.
EMI 5 56823 2 (2 CD)

Violin concertos Nr. 1 op. 35 und Nr. 2 op. 61; Thomas Zehetmair (Violine), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle.
EMI 5 55607 2

Stabat Mater op. 53; Litanei an die Jungfrau Maria op. 59, Sinfonie Nr. 3 Lied der Nacht op. 27; Szmytka (Sopran), Quivar (Mezzosopran), Hon Garrison (Tenor), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle.
EMI 5 55121 2

Complete piano music; Martin Jones.
Nimbus 1750 (4 CD)

Stringquartets Nr. 1 u. 2; Carmina-Quartett.
Denon CO-79462

Works für Violin und piano: Sonate op. 9, Mythen op. 30 u.a.; Bernard Zinck, David Selig.
Ligia Digital 0302055

And, well after all - Chopin was Polish!
GOOD LUCK!
Henryk Górecki's Third Symphony, the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. Beautiful, powerful, music...a very good version exists on Nonsuch with Dawn Upshaw, David Zinman, the London Sinfonietta

Also, Chopin was Polish (I can suggest some specific works, if you want)
Look for Preisner, Gorecki, Lutosławski or Penderecki.

Chopin was also a Pole.
Look for "Requiem For My Friend" - by Preisner and Chopin funeral march.

Regards,
There's a center for the study of Polish music at the University of Southern California: if you have a particular need for instrumentation or period, I'm sure an email to them would get you exactly what you need.
Thanks for the suggestions!
Tomasz Stanko Polish trumpeter On ECM check all the recordings Dynamite
Wow! I just got back from there. The statue of Chopin in Warswa, in the park next to the Belvedere Palace, is a hand that is morphing into a tree bending over him. I am wondering more what your project is, but you have a great list from Aida w. And I second the Symphony of Sorrows; Upshaw always makes me cry and ask 'How could you?'
You should seek out recordings of the Polish ex-patriot composer, Sir Andrez Panufnik. He defected to Gt.Britain in the mid-50's. He passed away in the 90's.

It's hard to describe his music but I'll try by saying he is a modernist with warm but dramatic feelings. His third symphony "Symphonia Sacra" is his most famous composition. There is an excellent recording of it on the Nonesuch label. If it's not in print, it'll still be rather easy to find.

I think he wrote 10 symphonies. Also, many chamber pieces.

Check him out! He is in the same league as Pendereski, Lutoslowski, Gorecki, and others.