Stanisław Michal Wisłocki

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Born: 7 July 1921 — Rzeszów — Poland
Died: 31 May 1998 — Warszawa — Poland
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Music

  • Nokturn na strunê g (1940)
  • Tryptyk symfoniczny (1940/41)
  • Polska msza (1942)
  • Sonata na skrzypce i fortepian (1942)
  • 2 Suity fortepianowetani (1943)
  • Trio fortepianowe (1943)
  • Kwartet fortepianowy (1943)
  • Trio fortepianowe (1943)
  • Poemat symfoniczny “Na rozstajach” (1944)
  • I Symfonia (1944)
  • 4 poematy na tenor solo i orkiestrê d/s Iona Minulescu (1944)
  • Uwertura (1945)
  • Taniec zbójnicki (1945) (nagroda II Festiwalu Muzyki Polskiej w 1955 roku)
  • Koncert na fortepian i orkiestrê (1948) (nagroda II Festiwalu Muzyki Polskiej w 1955 roku)
  • Symfonia o tañcu (1951)
  • Nokturn symfoniczny (1952)
  • Ballada symfoniczna (1952)
  • opracowania muzyki dawnej (Symfonia F. Cigalskiego),
  • muzyka filmowa i teatralna

Life

Stanisław Wisłocki, born in Rzeszów (Poland), studied music which Seweryn Barbag, Professor of Lvov Conservatory, and later composition and conducting under George Simonis and piano with Emil Michail in the Music Academy of Timisoara (Romania). In 1942-45 he received artistic guidance from George Enescu. On December 6, 1944, Stanisław Wisłocki organised a special concert of the Romanian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the proceeds of which he allocated for the reconstruction of Warsaw. It was one of the first such concerts of the world. After six years abroad as a refugee, he returned to Poland to organise, in 1945, the Polish Chamber Orchestra, made up of pre-war musicians of the Warsaw Philharmonic. Two years later he founded the Poznañ Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and remained its music director and first conductor for 11 years. Simultaneously he conducted at numerous concerts at home and abroad, which everywhere received laudatory reviews. For two years he collaborated with Grzegorz Fitelberg in directing the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. Since 1961 he was conductor of the National Philharmonic, then in 1978-1982 general and music director of the Polish Radio and TV National Symphony Orchestra, with which he made many records and archive recordings for the radio. He received many prestigious record awards, including Grand Prix du Disque for Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 with Sviatoslav Richter and the National Philharmonic Orchestra on Deutsche Grammophon. He was conducted the most eminent European and American orchestras and given concerts with well-known soloists, such as Argerich, Arrau, Askenase, Berman, Boulanger, Cattel, Drzewiecki, Ekier, Fischer, Forrester, Francescatti, Gitlis, Grychto³ówna, Indjic, Janowski, Kêdra, Kulka, Magaloff, Magin, Malcucyñski, Menuhin, Paleczny, Pergamenshikov, Ricci, Richter, Rubinstein, Stern, Szeryng, Szpinalski, Sztompka, Totenberg, Umiñska, Weissenberg, Wilkomirska, Wroñski etc. Stanisław Wisłocki has founded many music festivals, including a Bach and Mozart festival. In Poznañ in 1979 he organised a festival of the Polish Radio and TV National Symphony Orchestra, entitled "Beethoven Our Contemporary", which included performances of all the composer’s symphonies in five days (!). In 1980 he organised a festival devoted to Brahms music, an in following year he staged Karol Szymanowski opera "King Roger" with a cast of Polish soloists for Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. He was also music director of the Teatro Colon Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 1948 till closing of the school in 1951 Wisłocki taught in the State Higher Opera School in Poznañ. Subsequently he took over the conducting class in the State Higher School of Music in Poznañ, previously taught by Walerian Bierdiajew. Since 1955 he has been Professor of Warsaw’s Higher School of Music, which was later to become the Music Academy in Warsaw. Since 1958 he has been head of the Conducting Faculty in that Academy. In the course of numerous music tours on all the continents, Wisłocki has gained a reputation as an excellent conductor who tirelessly propagates Polish culture abroad by including works by Polish composers in the programmes of the majority of his concerts an in the repertoire of the orchestras he has conducted. Any appreciation of Stanisław Wisłocki’s conducting art must emphasise his outstanding knowledge of, and feeling for the music, his unique gift of interpretation, his splendid technique and sense of proportion in the live creation of musical works. Another important feature of Wisłocki’s performing finesse is his great respect for the composers intentions recorded in their scores, which does not diminish the individuality of his conducting in any way.

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