New Music from Poland


This New Sounds is full of new music from Poland.  We’ll hear from the klezmer and Balkan-inflected jazz-ish strains of Kroke, along with “hardcore folk” from the Warsaw Village Band, whose driving fiddle and trumpets take wedding songs or Balkan Jazz and layer them with “white voice” singing (a lyrical screaming used by Polish shepherds).

Then, there’s a piece for saxophone and tape by Elzbieta Sikora (based in France) writing about a Portuguese poet inspired by the 28 train in Lisbon, featuring taped sounds from along the route.  Also, we’ll revisit the early days of New Sounds with works from  Mieczyslaw Litwinski, and listen to a lavish orchestral score by Zbigniew Preisner, probably best known for his film scores.  That, and more.

PROGRAM # 3268,  New Music from Poland  (First aired on 11/10/2011)                                                 





David Bowie (Eno)


Warszawa [1:30]

Rykodisc #10142, now reissued on Virgin.**
Available at*

Warsaw Village Band

People’s Spring

To You Kasiuna [5:11]

World Village #468028***


The Sounds of the Vanishing World

Time [6:15]

Oriente Musik CD 24

Various: VooVoo

Osjan Tree

Zielone Liście Palm Błękitne Fale (Green Palm Leaves Blue Waves) [4:18]

Ferment Sp. Zo.o.  
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Mieczyslaw Litwinski

Live, WNYC 1986

The Wise Man Dies A Thousand Times [5:32]

This performance not commercially available. Litwinski has several privately-produced CDs with his duo Sol et Luna, available at

Zbigniew Preisner  

Requiem for My Friend

Agnus Dei [1:44]

Erato #24146**

Chamber Choir Versija

Requiem Father Kolbe


Wojciech Kilar:Agnus Dei [6:00]

Milan Records
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Elzbieta Sikora – (feat. Daniel Kientzy, sax)

Lisboa, Tramway 28


Lisboa, Tramway 28, mvt 3 [1:57]

Lisboa, Tramway 28, mvt 4 [6:32]

INA #275842.

Henryk Gorecki

Symphony #3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)

III , excerpt[17:00]

Nonesuch #79282**