This 59th volume of the Romantic Piano Concerto series features Jonathan Plowright, whose brilliant and utterly idiomatic performances of Romantic Polish piano music have confirmed him as a master of this repertoire. Here he collaborates with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Lukasz Borowicz to perform three very obscure but fascinating works. The music of Zelenski has already been championed by Plowright in a disc of Polish chamber music; now he performs his Piano Concerto in E flat major, which was written in 1903 and dedicated to the young Ignacy Friedman, who gave the premiere the following year.
A Piano Concerto in A flat major by Aleksander Zarzycki is also included, plus his barnstorming Grande Polonaise, an outrageous masterpiece which is unknown even in specialist piano circles.
Gold Medallist at the Royal Academy of Music, ‘Commonwealth Musician of the Year’, and a Fulbright Scholar, British pianist Jonathan Plowright was awarded first prize at the European Piano Competition. Since then critics, colleagues and audiences alike have been unani mous in their praise of Jonathan’s many international performances and as a result he has been in demand all over the world as recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with leading orchestras and ensembles. He has given numerous radio broadcasts and his commercial recordings have been enthusiastically received. Jonathan is a keen advocate of the Polish Romantic repertoire. Following his recording of a rare collection of pieces by Paderewski he has recorded neglected piano concertos by Sigismond Stojowski and Henryk Melcer. Among many other recordings is a set of the complete Bach transcriptions by Walter Rummel, about which Gramophone wrote ‘it is surely no exaggeration to say that if such playing is anything to go by you are listening to one of the finest living pianists; the possessor of qualities that should no longer remain a secret’. Besides his busy performing schedule Jonathan is often invited to give masterclasses, consultation lessons and prize adjudications at international conservatoires.
Lukasz Borowicz has been the Artistic Director of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2007. Born in Warsaw in 1977, he studied with Boguslaw Madey at the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw, where he later also received a doctorate in conducting under the supervision of Antoni Wit. He has served as an assistant to Kazimierz Kord at the National Opera in Warsaw, to Antoni Wit at the Warsaw Philharmonic and to Iván Fischer at the Budapest Festival Orchestra. In 2006 he was appointed Chief Guest Conductor of the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared as a guest conductor with many leading orchestras in Europe. He has also appeared at many festivals, including the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, where he conducted the Haydn Orchestra and Ewa Podles, and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, where he conducted the Hanover Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Moniuszko’s Halka.
Lukasz Borowicz has done a great deal to revive neglected Polish music, in performance and recordings, including the operas Flis (‘The Raftsman’) by Moniuszko, L’Hirondelle inattendue by Laks, Statkowski’s Maria, Grazyna Bacewicz’s The Adventures of King Arthur, and Dobrzynski’s Monbar or the Filibusters. His recordings have been awarded the Diapason d’Or and been nominated for a Preis der Deutschen Schallplatenkritik.