News Poland - New Zealand Embassy Consular information
9 February 2017
The event was opened with remarks by Prof. Donald Maurice, NZ School of Music and the Polish Ambassador Zbigniew Gniatkowski.
Amongst the performers featuring this CD, next to the distinguished Prof Donald Maurice and dr Jane Curry, is Marcin Murawski from Poland - a viola professor at the Academy of Music in Poznań, who over the years has released extensive discography including numerous premiere recordings, such as the Graupner concertos. It is with great satisfaction that I can let you know that Marcin Murawski will be participating in the upcoming 44th International Viola Congress in Wellington in September. I am particularly pleased that the Polish Embassy in New Zealand will make a contribution in bringing this artist to Wellington, as it will be yet another clear evidence of our mutual, Polish – New Zealand cultural friendship. - said the Polish Ambassador opening the concert.
The programme included Concerto in D major for viola d'amore and viola and Concerto in A major for viola d'amore and viola by German compositor Christoph Graupner as well as Concerto in D major for guitar by Antonio Vivaldi.
The Vivaldi-Graupner recording project was motivated by a wish to document in a tangible way the ongoing musical connections between Poland and New Zealand that have developed in recent years and in particular, the collaborations between Donald Maurice and Marcin Murawski that originated when they first met at an International Viola Congress in Kronberg in 2003.
After a performance they gave together in Warsaw in 2013, under the auspices of the New Zealand Embassy, a plan was hatched to produce a CD featuring them as soloists on viola d'amore and viola respectively, in a set of baroque concertos with a Poznan based orchestra.
The two Vivaldi concertos featuring solo guitar were made possible due to a tour of Poland in June 2016 by Archi d'Amore Zelanda, which included New Zealand guitarist Jane Curry, further building ties between the two countries.
The two Graupner concertos are of particular significance because one has never been commercially recorded and the other has only two known recordings, both on LP records. These two works have remained obscure until now. It is likely that as result of this project, their musical value and significance will be widely recognised and they will enter also into the standard repertiore as concertos for the rare combination of two solo violas, when a viola d'amore player is not available.