Marek Stefański. Discography.

Discography

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    20TH CENTURY MUSIC FROM KRAKÓW IN ST MARY`S BASILICA

    With a duo of two such experienced artists deliver a sound that can only be describe as amazing. For many years both Stefanski and Towarnicka have been promoting polish music from the twenith centery, they have masterfully brought it togetther and used it as the main theme of this album . The opening tune is Adaggio from Symphony nr 2 op. 45 by Feliks Nawojowski. Stefanski creats a specific climate for this work with very slow artistic pietism. "Three Passion Songs" on sopran and organs by the composer Juliusz Łuciuk sound exceptional too. Towarnicka does it with unbelievable expression. Her clear and very strong sopran causes thrills of excitement , which are heighten by the accompaniment. Emotions are cooled by a bit lirical organ suit "Witraże" (Stained Glass)  by the unfairly forgotten composer Tadeusz Machal, who died 6 years ago. If  we listen carefully to Stefanski works we are in no dudbt that the artist play each note masterfully ,one by one . It is a brilliant interpretation. as well as works by Lech Skoczylas and Jerzy Kaszycki you will aslo descuver "Passion Impression" - organ-vocal improvisations by Marek Stefanski, which is a proof that, he is not only great organist but also composer and improviser.

    Gazeta Wyborcza, 06.02.2010, Tomasz Handzlik

     

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    Feliks Nowowiejski:
    1. Adagio z Symfonii nr 2 op. 45 "Przed krucyfiksem w kościele Mariackim" (1920-33)
    Jan Jargoń:
    Triptychon (1963)
    2. I. Improvisation
    3. II. Adagio cantabile
    4. III. Fuga a 4 voci
    Juliusz Łuciuk:
    Trzy Pieśni Pasyjne na sopran i organy (1982)
    5. I. Pieta
    6. II. Tren
    7. III. Hymn
    Juliusz Łuciuk:
    8. Preludia Maryjne (1982)
    Lech Skoczylas:
    Missa in honorem Sanctae Caeciliae (2002)
    9. I. Kyrie
    10. II. Sanctus-Benedictus
    11. III. Agnus Dei
    Tadeusz Machl:
    Witraże - Suita na organy (1993)
    12. Witraż III
    13. Witraż IV
    Jerzy Kaszycki:
    Trzy Psalmy do tekstów łacińskich na sopran i organy (1997)
    14. Confitebor Tibi
    15. Beatus vir
    16. Lauda Jerusalem
    Marek Stefański:
    17. Impresja pasyjna - improwizacja wokalno-organowa (2009)


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    Marek Stefański: Organy Kościoła pw. Matki Bożej Szkaplerznej w Szymbarku

    This recording proves for the following time, that the performance of the compositions from the past centuries does not exclude the use of the modern instruments. The baroque masters' repertoire has been performed on the organ built one year ago in the St. Mary's "Szkaplerzna" (Scapular) Church in Szymbark (a small city in south-eastern Poland). The organist, Marek Stefański, had at his disposal an instrument with 30 pipes, two manuals, the pedal, the mechanical tracture and with the electrical registration. It sufficed him to create an interesting integrity with interesting selected registration, underlining the style of the barocque compositions.

    Ruch Muzyczny 2004r. Sylwia Makomaska

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    J. S. Bach: Concerto G-dur wg J. Ernsta
    1. -
    2. Grave
    3. Presto
    Dietrich Buxtehude:
    4. Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich BuxWV 182
    5. Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott BuxWV 184
    6. Preludium, fuga, ciacona in C BuxWV 137
    7. Herr Christ, der einge Gottes Sohn BuxWV 19,
    8. Passacaglia in d BuxWV 161
    9. Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott BuxWV 200
    10. Toccata in d BuxWV 155 Johann Ludwig Krebs:
    11. Vater unser im Himmelreich
    12. Nun komm der Heiden Heiland
    13. Partita minor: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier
    J. S. Bach:
    14. Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 633
    15. Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein BWV 641
    16. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 645
    17. Meine Seele erhebt den Herren BWV 648
    18. Komm Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist BWV 667


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    Ave Maria w Bazylice Mariackiej w Krakowie. Elżbieta Towarnicka, Jacek Ozimkowski, Marek Stefański.

    But this recording has one more advantage: it allows to listen to the beautiful voice of Elżbieta Towarnicka (soprano) and Marek Ozimkowski (bass), who perform their repertoire accompanied by Marek Stefański. It is highly recommended.
    Jacek Chodorowski.

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    1. Anonim XIII w. Bogurodzica
    2. Giulio Caccini (1545-1618): Ave Maria; Marcin Józef Żebrowski (1702-1770): Dwie arie z Magnificat
    3. Suscepit Israel
    4. Sicut locutus est
    5. Alessandro Stradella (1645-1682): Pieta' Signore
    6. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Aria z Magnificat BMV 243, Quia respexit
    7. Johann Sebastian Bach / Charles Gounod (1818-1893): Ave Maria
    8. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Ave Maria
    9. Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Ave Maria
    10. Adolf Doss (1825-1886): Ave Maria
    11. Anonim XVIII w. (wg śpiewnika Ks. J. S. Siedleckiego): Matko Niebieskiego Pana
    12. Feliks Nowowiejski (1877-1946): Nie opuszczaj nas
    13. Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921): Ave Maria
    14. Chorał Gregoriański: Magnificat (tonus 2) z improwizowanymi interludiami organowymi
    15. Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848): Ave Maria


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    Organy Bazyliki św. Floriana w Krakowie.

    ...Bach's music recorded by Marek Stefański playing on the 24 - pipe Cracow organ, sounds very well and in style. Compositions selected from the various periods of Bach's activity (Arnstadt, Weimar, Lipsk) are presented in the very interesting set. The kind of buckle make up forceful Preludes and Fugues, "interior"part fill Choral Preludes, various in respect of setting, texture and mood: three Lipsk Preludes and four Preludes from the third part of the Clavier - Übung (in the manual and complete version). A very good recording. Attantion attracts the superb record of the instrument so ungrateful for the producer. 

    Ruch Muzyczny 2001r. Sylwia Zaborowska.

    ...Very good recording. Attantion attracts the superb record of the instrument so ungrateful for the producer. 

    Klasyka 2001r. Barbara Tenderenda.

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    1. Praludium & fuge C/MAJ BWV 545
    2. Schmucke dich o liebe Seele BWV654
    3. O lamm Gottes unschuldig BWV 656
    4. Erbam' dich meine o Herre... BWV721
    5. Kyrie Gott Vater in Ewigkeit
    6. Christe aller Welt trost BWV 673
    7. Kyrie Gott Heiliger Geist BWV 674
    8. Aus tiefe not schrei' ich zu dir
    9. Kyrie Gott Vater in Ewigkeit
    10. Christe aller Wwelt trost BWV 670
    11. Kyrie, Gott Heiliger Geist BWV 671
    12. Aus tiefer not schrei' ich zu dir
    13. Praludium fuge ES/MAJ BWV 552


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    Romantyczna muzyka organowa. Organy Kościoła Arka Pana parafii Matki Boskiej.

    ...The latest recording of Marek Stefański, a young organist from Cracow, includes - according to the title - music of the romantic period. A diversified repertoire, a brillant technique and ease of playing predestine the organist to make a great career. With only one reservation: it might be helpful to deepen the interpretation and to look for the more individual and original ideas, instead of nonchalance. Symphonic élan, dynamism and virtuousness are undoubted the trumps of this recording, though for example in melodious cantilena of Adagio Stefański creates also the mood of languor. While commanding sentimalism and grandiloquence characterizing the music of Rheinberger, the artist endowed the whole Sonata with a compact course of musical narration and with the outstanding culmination in the final Ricercare. "Romanticism" interpreted by Marek Stefański has - at it seems - many classical features. 

    Ruch Muzyczny, 1 October 2000r. Marta Szoka.

    ...Interesting, honest and professional - worth listening to! 

    Ruch Muzyczny 2000r. Michał Markuszewski.

    ...The organ music of the Romanticism has been called into being by Marek Stefański. This recording is diversified to the extent, that, though it lasts over 70 minutes, the listener pays his attention to the music all the time. It allows to learn to know the poorly known repertoire and thereby to broaden our musical horizons. 

    Meloman Interia.pl Piotr Kuc.

    [TRACK LIST]

    1. F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - VI sonata d-moll op. 65
    2. R. Schuman - Fuga VI
    3. J. Brahms - Preludia horałowe z op. 122
    4. C. Frank - II horał h-moll
    5. F. Nowowiejski - Mater Dolorosa op. 45 nr 6
    6. J. G. Rheinberger - Sonata nr 15 D-dur op. 168


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    Jan Sebastian Bach, organy Bazyliki oo. Bernardynów w Leżajsku.

    ...In October 1999 Marek Stefański recorded a new CD with the music of J.S. Bach performed on the monumental organ in the Bernardines' basilica in Leżajsk (a small town in south-eastern Poland). This recording is a valuable record of the organ's sound before its renovation. After the organ's repair it can be used as a demonstration of the conservation works. The recording of Marek Stefański is an interesting portait of the instrument in Leżajsk and the review of the organ works of J.S. Bach as well. 

    Muzyka 21 2001r. Leszek Mateusz Gorecki.

    ...The recording documents the sound of the famous oragan from Leżajsk (a small city in south-eastern Poland ) before its general overhaul. The Bach's music, its musical, rhytmical, sound and setting reachness is suitable to check all the parameters of the instrument, on condition that this test is carried out by a good organist. This condition has been fulfilled, therefore the Bach's music sounds in any respect remarkable on the Leżajsk organ. The organ form Leżajsk in the good hands are quite fine. As we know, the restoration has already damaged not only one instrument, but we hope, this one will sound still better after its repair.
     
    Ruch Muzyczny 2001r. Mieczysław Kominek.

    [TRACK LIST]

    1. Preludium & Fuga G/MAJ BWV 541
    2. Preludium & Fuga C/MIN BWV 546
    3. Preludium & Fuga F/MIN BWV 534
    4. O lamm Gottes unschuldig BWV 618
    5. Christe du lamm Gottes BWV 619
    6. Christus der uns selig BWV 620
    7. Da Jesus an dem Kreuze BWV 621
    8. O Mensch bewein' dein Suende BWV 62
    9. Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 718
    10. Ich ruf' zu dir Herr Jesu BWV 639
    11. Wenn wirr in hohsten Noten BWV 641
    12. Herzlich tut mich veriangen BWV727
    13. Ricercare a 6 oci C/MIN BWV 1079
    14. Fantazja G/MAJ BWV 572
    15. Fantazja C/MIN BWV 562


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    Hejnał Mariacki. Marek Skwarczyński, Marek Stefański

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    1. Hejnał Mariacki
    2. Hejnał wieków średnich
    3. Hejnał z doby odrodzenia
    4. Hejnał na czas wojny
    5. Improwizacja organowa na temat Hejnału Mariackiego


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    Organy Kościoła Mariackiego w Krakowie.

    ...Marek Stefański reveals the richness of musical imagination in the narrative compositions of Feliks Nowowiejski; in the Fantasias Pasterka na Wawelu (Christmas Midnight Mass on Wawel Castle) and Pasterka w prastarym Kościele Mariackim w Krakowie (Christmas Midnight Mass in the very ancient St. Mary's Church in Cracow). In Oratio brevis of Krystyna Moszumańska - Nazar he managed to create the atmosphere of alarming besetment. 

    Hi-Fi i Muzyka 1997r. Hanna Milewska, Andrzej Milewski.

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    1. J. S. Bach - Toccata i Fuga d-moll
    2. J. S. Bach - Preludium chorałowe An Wasserflussen Babylon
    3. D. Buxtehude - Toccata i Fuga F-dur
    4. F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - III Sonata A-dur
    5. C. Franck - Chorał E-dur
    6. F. Nowowiejski - Fantazja polska Pasterka na Wawelu op. 9 nr 1
    7. F. Nowowiejski Fantazja Pasterka na prastarym Kosciele mariackim w Krakowie op. 31 nr 3
    8. K. Moszumańska-Nazar - Oratio brevis


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    Organy i trąbka w Kościele Mariackim. Marek Stefański, Marek Skwarczyński.

    The recording from St. Mary's Church presented by DUX Music Publishing is the best example of how an excellent partner a small trumpet for the colossus such as an organ, a trumpet can be. Maybe it is due to the merit of the performers (Marek Stefański - organ; Marek Skwarczyński - trumpet), maybe due to the choice of repertoire (...) These two intstrumentalists understand the music, they perform, perfectly. The chamber character of the sound of these two sound giants allows to feel their understanding, their desire to construct the compositions together. You can learn a lot from the duet of two Marks and how much fun it gives! 

    Dzwięki, słowa, obrazy 2001r.

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    1. Martini: Toccata D
    2. Viviani: Sonata Prima C I
    3. Viviani: Sonata Pima C II
    4. Viviano: Sonata Prima C III
    5. Viviano: Sonata Prima C IV
    6. Viviano: Sonata Prima C V
    7. Loeillet: Sonata C Largo Cantabile
    8. Loeillet: Sonata C Allegro
    9. Loeillet: Sonata C Largo Espressiv
    10. Loeillet: Sonata C Allegro
    11. Bach: Nun komm der heiden heiland
    12. Bach: Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Chr
    13. Bach: O mensch bewein dein' sunde
    14. Bach: Wachet auf ruf uns die stimm
    15. Albinoni: Koncert D: grave
    16. Albinoni: Koncert D: Allegro
    17. Albinoni: Koncert D: Andante
    18. Albinoni: Koncert D: Allegro
    19. Bach/Gounod: Ave Maria
    20. Vejvanovsky: Sonata A 4 G/MIN


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    Baroque Music for Trumpet and Organ. Marek Stefański, Marek Skwarczyński.

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    Strona A/Side A:
    1. H. Purcell - Trumpet Overture/The Indian Queen
    2. H. Purcell - Trumpet Air/The Indian Queen
    3. H. Purcell - Sonata in D; Pomposo-Adagio-Allegro
    4. J.S. Bach - Aria/Cantata No. 77
    5. J.S. Bach - Badinerie/Overture No. 2 B-minor
    6. G.M. Jacchini - Tratenimento per Camera; Allegro-Grave-Allegro-Grave-Allegro
    Strona B/Side B:
    1. G.F. Haendel - Suite in D-major
    2. A. Marcello - Adagio/Concerto in C-minor
    3. G. Borelli - Sonata a 5 No.7
    4. M.A. Charpentier - Prelude/Te Deum D-major


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