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This record – the first CD recorded independently by Wrocław Philharmonic Choir, entitled „Words Painted with Sounds” – presents Polish poetry set to music by Polish composers. These compositions perfectly combine words with music, and this combination provided the choir and its conductor with a basis for the interpretation of each work. The selected compositions are choral miniatures with numerous elements of musical rhetoric; they represent the beauty of both Polish music and poetry. The poets, writing in different times and styles, offer a glimpse of the immense wealth of Polish verbal art, whereas the music, written by contemporary Polish composers, demonstrates their great sensitivity and rhetorical awareness. (...)

We have made our best of the knowledge and skills that we possess, so that the pictures which first appeared in the mind of the poet, then – the composer, the conductor, and eventually – the choir, could also be reflected in the imagination of the listeners.

Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny

Translation: Tomasz Zymer