Saturday, September 6, 2014
Modern Polish music
One of my favorite resources at Ubuweb is the Wolf Fifth Archive. The site explains, "Wolf Fifth was a modernist music blog, featuring out of print and orphaned classics. Like so many great blogs, they fell victim to the cloud locker wars. Fortunately, UbuWeb's pal Justin Lacko downloaded the entire archive before they went down and donated the collection to UbuWeb. As you can see by the list below, there's a ton of stuff, and it's going to take quite some time to get this all sorted and posted on Ubu. So stay tuned. We're working on it. "
The work of uploading does seem to be going slowly, but there is still plenty of music to try. What to choose? Ubuweb's Twitter account recently recommended this collection of modernist oboe music ("A gorgeous LP of modernist works for #oboe") and I plan to check it out soon.
But I can go ahead and recommend this album of modern Polish music, issued in 1961, so I guess "modern" is a matter of judgment. It has music by Krzysztof Penderecki, Grazyna Bacewicz, Tadeusz Baird and Kazmierz Serocki, and I liked all four pieces.