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Laks: In Between

By Alicja Szymczyk

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By Alicja Szymczyk, Andrzej Wojciechowski, Blazej Golinski, Dominika Glapiak, Dorota Kowalska, Ewa Ciechanska, Ewa Naczk-Jankowska, Kamil Kruczkowski, Mateusz Wiczynski, Miroslaw Pachowicz, Robert Kwiatkowski, Wojciech Kolinski, and Zbigniew Kalicinski. By Simon Laks. Classical. Listening CD. CD Accord #ACD249. Published by CD Accord (NX.ACD249).

Item Number: NX.ACD249

Andre Laks writes of this new release: "To be sure, my father was in many aspects in between: between Polish and French, between Jewishness and assimilation, between indelible past and ordinary life. But multiple identity was neither his problem nor his horizon. What he felt committed to was independent thinking and truth. This is obvious when one considers the literary and public activity he engaged in after having given up composition in 1967 - an activity that is reflected in the seven books he published between 1977 and 1983 by the London editor Oficyna Poetow i Malarzy. He wrote against censorship, against anti-Semitism, against political lies, against linguistic incompetence, and nobody could ever convince him that Chopin had broken the logic of harmonics by writing an accord of 6th instead of a 4th in measure 7 of the first Ballade in G minor, Op. 23 not the Institute Fryderyk Chopin, not Paderewski, not Bronarski, not Turczynski. In this case as in more important ones, his byword was "szargam swietosci" [I tarnish sanctity] - the title he gave to the book he published in 1980. As far as music is concerned, "sanctity" was in this period on the side of multi-faceted post-serialism and experimental music. He never believed that these trends had a future. He went on composing, during the years he composed, the music he believed in, which does not mean that he thought of it as having future either. But he did think that music should not be boring. No compromise on this.".

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