It has become customary that subsequent records by The Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra get nominations for the Fryderyk Award. This time, it is a recording of Feliks Nowowiejski’s pieces that has found itself among the nominees for the 2023 Fryderyk Award in the Album roku – muzyka koncertująca (Album of the Year – Concert Music) category. It features two concertos by Feliks Nowowiejski—piano in C Minor, Op. 60 (Slavic), and cello, Op. 55—recorded by The Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra under Łukasz Borowicz with soloists Jacek Kortus (piano), and Bartosz Koziak (cello).
Both recordings are phonographic premieres. Although performing tradition of the pieces does exist, to date both works have been presented merely a few times.
Łukasz Borowicz, who took the effort of preparing and recording the pieces with the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra, writes in the album booklet: ... orchestra material of the concertos has been thoroughly analysed and compared with the manuscripts which miraculously survived war-time desolation. These comparisons made it possible to refine instrumentation, tempo, and articulation details.
Released by DUX, “Felix Nowowiejski, Piano Concerto in D Minor, Op. 60, Slavic, Cello Concerto, Op. 55”, which is a world phonographic premiere, has been co-funded by Fundusz Promocji Kultury (Culture Promotion Fund). A state-earmarked fund operated by the National Institute of Music and Dance within the “Muzyczny ślad” (Musical Trace) programme, it is an entity of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Łukasz Borowicz, chief conductor of the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra, and Music Director of the Poznań Philharmonic, has been furthermore nominated for the 2023 Fryderyk Award for two more albums: “Grażyna Bacewicz, Complete Symphonic Works Vol. 1 (Symphonies 3&4)” recorded with WDR Sinfonieorchester for cpo (nomination in the Najlepszy album polski za granicą, or the Best Polish Album Abroad category), and “Roman Palester. Dzieła nieznane” (Roman Palester. Works Unknown) recorded with Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiej Filharmonii Bałtyckiej and Izabela Matuła, and released by Polska Filharmonia Bałtycka im. Fryderyka Chopina in Gdańsk (nomination in the Album roku – muzyka orkiestrowa, or Album of the Year – Orchestral Music category).