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V/A - PRES Revisited. Józef Patkowski In Memoriam

Release Date: XII 2010
Total Time: 43:03 / 54:17
2CD | 40 page booklet | digipack

CD1 (Originals)

1. Bogusław Schaeffer - Antiphona 7:29
2. Eugeniusz Rudnik - Collage 5:02
3. Krzysztof Penderecki - Psalmus 5:07
4. Bohdan Mazurek - Episodes 8:31
5. Bogusław Schaeffer - Assemblage 8:37
6. Bohdan Mazurek - Esperienza 3:35
7. Eugeniusz Rudnik - Dixi 4:42

CD2 (Covers)

1. Phil Durrant - Antiphona 7:50
2. Mikołaj Pałosz, Maciej Śledziecki - Collage 4:41
3. John Tilbury - Psalmus 5:08
4. Phil Durrant, Mikołaj Pałosz, Eddie Prévost - Episodes 6:18
5. Maciej Śledziecki - Assemblage 6:30
6. Phil Durrant, Mikołaj Pałosz, Eddie Prévost, Maciej Śledziecki, John Tilbury - Esperienza 3:28
7. Mikołaj Pałosz - Dixi 4:36
8. Phil Durrant, Mikołaj Pałosz, Eddie Prévost, Maciej Śledziecki, John Tilbury
- Hommage To Bogusław Schaeffer's Symphony 15:45

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The album's core is the recording of the concert dedicated to Polish Radio Experimental Studio in London's Cafe Oto (CD2). Electronic pieces from the Studio were turned into instrumental structured improvisations performed by legends of improvised music, members of AMM John Tilbury and Eddie Prévost, coming back to playing violin, Phil Durrant and two Polish musicians of the younger generation - guitarist Maciej Sledziecki based in Cologne and Warsaw cellist, Mikolaj Palosz. In their solo sets, they presented their individual variations on the compositions created in the Studio. Their collaborations were framed by graphic scores based on original recording and prepared by Denis Kolokol. His attempt was to make use of the idiosyncratic instrumental language of each of the improvisers; language that owes so much to the development of electronic music. CD1 consists of original, remastered recordings of the pieces that were performed in Cafe Oto as they seem to be among the greatest productions of the Studio.

Polish Radio Experimental Studio is the first official series of CD releases dedicated to the music produced in the legendary Studio. Established in 1957 by Józef Patkowski, it was among the first institutions of that kind in the world with only Paris, Cologne and Milano preceding the Warsaw one. Despite that, unlike their foreign colleagues who quickly became the most important figures of the XX century music, Polish composers working in the Studio are known only to a limited number of insiders. Yet, as Reinhold Friedl, leader of zeitkratzer points out, "the pieces give the impression of an artistic approach which has never been as strict or ideologically restricted as German electronic music or French concrete music. It seems to me that none of the musicians connected with this studio have had the tendency to limit him/herself to "electroacoustic music", rather they all have a natural and holistic approach to composing" [see: BR ES03]. This is why the releases give us opportunity to revisit our historical ideas of XX century music with a fresh and inspiring insight.

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