Choral music from Poland

in Reading


2 February 2019 7.30 pm

Polish Roman Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

61 Watlington St, Reading RG1 4EH


This concert of Polish choral music brings together sacred music ranging from the early 18th century Gorczacki, to living composers Lukaszewski and Roxanna Panufnik. Alongside these are a wonderful Magnificat by Arvo Pärt (from nearby Estonia) and the fascinating folk song settings from Kurpie. This forested, formerly isolated, province of north-eastern Poland has its own highly individual folk traditions and music. Szymanowski’s Six Songs from Kurpie (1929) and Górecki’s Five Kurpian songs (1999) were both inspired by a famous 1928 collection of over 1000 songs. We hope you will enjoy this varied and unusual programme.

Grzegorz Gorczycki: Missa Paschalis Pawel

Lukazewski: Nunc dimitis Pawel

Lukazewski :Ave Maria Karol

Szymanowski: Six songs from Kurpie Henryk

Gorecki: Five Kurpian songs

Roxanna Panufnik: Kyrie after Byrd

Arvo Pärt: Magnificat

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