Klaudiusz Baran and Michał Nagy - winners of the FRYDERYK award
in the Chamber Music Album of the Year category,
for the album "Astor Piazzolla - Tango" recorded for the Sony Classical label,
after nearly two decades, they once again reach for works by Astor Piazzolla.
This time to pay tribute to him on the centenary of his birth.
The album includes songs: Histoire du Tango, Double Concerto Hommage à Liège - Astor Piazzolli, and: Villa Luro - Tomás Gubitsch.
In the double concert, the duo of musicians are accompanied by the Tarnów Chamber Orchestra.
The recording was recorded at the European Music Center in Lusławice.
The album inaugurates the activity of the Immersive Sound publishing house.
Realization of recordings: Rafał Drewniany.
Premiere: 16 June 2021
Album versions: CD, LP and with streaming services.
Album dostępny w wersji CD, LP, oraz w serwisach streamingowych.
Available soon in selected stationary stores and at:
bandcamp.com | serpent.pl | okoart.pl
“I have a dream that my music will be listened to in 2020. And also in 3000. At times, I am certain it will happen, as what I create is unique. One kind of tango began to die in 1955 for another kind to be born, and my Octeto de Buenos Aires is on the birth certificate.” This is the beginning of Astor Piazzolla’s memoirs, as collected by Natalio Gorin.1 Clearly, the dream came true: in 2020, the Klaudiusz Baran – Michał Nagy duo reached for Piazzolla’s repertoire.
"History of Tango" was originally composed for flute and guitar - classic instruments used by the Old Guard, as they were called, when the tango was performed by self-taught musicians on portable instruments. This is why the oldest tangos were composed for flute, violin and guitar. The first part of this tetralogy, Bordel 1900, is a musical illustration of the beginnings of tango, when, at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, it was born in the poorest neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city and spreads to brothels, among other places - hence the fast and lively pace of the piece. Café 1930 is another stage in its history... Ewa Stala (frg.) [The entire text is available with the CD :)]
Praised as a versatile artist of extraordinary musical sensitivity, through his artistic achievements, he changed the perception of the accordion in Poland, elevating its position to a fully-fledged instrument shaping the real world of music. While humble to a musical piece, in his interpretations he gives us abundance of inventions, his personal understanding of time in music, unique and charismatic performances and genuine expression, which all easily interweave. His musical creations were often appreciated by enthusiastic reviews and awarded prizes at instrumental and other competitions. He is the first accordionist to have received the FRYDERYK Award for his album Astor Piazzolla – Tango, recorded for SonyClassical.
He was the first accordionist to have performed solo with the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra and other leading Polish orchestras. In various chamber music projects he co-operated with such maestros as: Ivan Monighetti, Roby Lakatos, Julius Berger and Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, among others. He is a musical chameleon; he finds inspiration in other worlds of music; he has found a place in world music. As a session musician he records film scores and popular music but also accompanies singer-songwriters.
He seamlessly combines his artistic activities with administrative and educational duties at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, whose 200 years of tradition have placed it among one of the most recognisable universities in Poland. He was elected its President in 2016, and in June 2020 again for cadency 2020-2024.
Gives performances both as a soloist and a chamber musician. As a soloist he has worked with the orchestras: National Philharmonic Orchestra, Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra, The Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra, Leopoldinum, Concerto Avenna, Capella Bydgostiensis, Camerata Nova, Fresco Sonare, Sinfonietta Cracovia and the Chopin Academia Orchestra. He has also performed together with the National Philharmonic Chamber Musicians, the Royal String Quartet and the Wiener Instrumentalsolisten band. He is also the co-founder and a member of an international guitar quartet, Guitar 4mation, specialising in performances of 20th and 21st century music, including a repertoire combining contemporary music and jazz. Since 2015 he is a member of Hirundo Maris, a group founded by A. Savall and P. U. Johansen.
The artist has made recordings for Polish Radio and Television, Bayerischer Rundfunk and ZDF. He works as an editor for the Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne and Euterpe Publishing House. He also has recorded music for the following record companies: Sony Music (the 2002 Fryderyk award for the „Piazzolla Tango” record), Dux (nominated for the 2000 Fryderyk award for Micropiezas), Polskie Nagrania Edition, Carpe Diem Records and Gramola Vienna.
He is a prizewinner of international guitar competitions in Fiuggi, Gdansk, Krakow and Tychy. He is a Professor at the Academy of Music in Cracow. Since 2008 he has been the artistic director of Terra Artis Festival in Lanckorona, in the vicinity of Krakow.
Well known, founded thirty years ago ensemble, which performs the most outstanding works of classical music - from baroque to contemporary compositions. What distinguishes TCO is unique sound, bold interpretations combined with sophisticated technique. Those values has been noticed by many conductors, such as Ł. Borowicz, M. Nesterowicz, T. Wojciechowski, P. Wajrak, whose led TCO many times - in Poland and abroad - in Spain, Switzerland, Germany.
The ensemble was also a great partner for magnificent soloists: K. Danczowska, K. A. Kulka, K. Jakowicz, R. Kwiatkowski, Ł. Długosz, A. Wodnicki, and duo Klaudiusz Baran & Michał Nagy.
Since 2008, excellent duo Klaudiusz Baran & Michał Nagy and Tarnow Chamber Orchestra has performed many concerts together, leading to recording an album “Astor Piazzolla - Centenario” in the anniversary of the 100th birthday of the composer.
The artistic director of the orchestra is Paweł Wajrak - an outstanding violinist - soloist and chamber musician, concertmaster of the K. Szymanowski's Cracow Philharmonic, co-founder of PiazzoForte Ensamble and New Tango Bridge. He took up this leadership in 2011.