The meaning behind Mickiewicz’s “Great Improvisation,” the most famous part of his drama Forefather’s Eve, may be summed up in one sentence said by Konrad: “The fatherland and I are one.” This Romantic vision of the Polish identity, anchored in the history of the nation, led the protagonist to a feeling of profound solitude. It was also one of the inspirations for Włodek Pawlik, who composed a twelve-part musical illustration of Poland’s history. His cantata is a colourful piece woven of various sounds and moods: from R&B, pop and gospel, through blues and jazz, to forms referring to the greatest symphonic achievements of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Grammy winner’s collage of music
The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk—conductor
Violetta Bielecka—conductor, preparation of the Choir
Paweł Pańta—double bass
Włodek Pawlik—Cantata “Myśląc Ojczyzna”