Sunday, October 28, 2012

Preisner sings!

I am a big fan of the composer Zbigniew Preisner, but have never heard/watched him sing before.

Preisner et al sang Piotr at a concert celebrating
the 40th anniversary of Piwnicy pod Baranami


The song Piotr, a Preisner composition, is a tribute to Piotr Skrzynecki, founder of the legendary cabaret Piwnica pod Baranami (Cellar under the Rams) in Krakow, Poland. (Piotr Skrzynecki is the guy in black hat and black coat in the video. The concert was held in 1996; Piotr died in the following year)

- Wikipedia: Piotr Skrzynecki | Piwnicy pod Baranami

[Piwnicy pod Baranami] became the most popular intellectual cabaret in postwar Poland, and one of the symbols of Kraków. Although it was not primarily a political humor group, coming in the wake of the liberalization of Polish October, the Piwnica cabaret became famous for its satirical criticism of the People's Republic of Poland communist regime. Polish magazine Przekrój wrote that "For 41 years [Skrzynecki] and his cabaret persuaded us that, despite the system, we had come into this world for happiness and joy.".

- Facets: The Music of Zbigniew Preisner

Considering his world-wide reputation, it comes as a surprise that Preisner never formally studied music. ... He taught himself music by buying records and then deconstructing the compositions, rewriting bits and pieces to compliment or enhance the original. ... Around 1977-78, he discovered the cabaret scene in Krakow and began composing music for the famous Piwnica pod Baranami (Cellar Under the Ram).

- Official site of Piwnicy pod Baranami | Official site of Zbigniew Preisner

Another version of Piotr, from Preisner's 2001 album Glosy:


Funny that the only information in English I can find
about this album is from a Chinese website Douban/豆瓣: Głosy

(Głosy is a not-for-sale album. Piotr is also included in his 3-CD album Voices)

You want more?! Preisner the elephant sings:


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Listen to one of my recent favourites - Konwalie, bzy albo pet - by a group of artists in Piwnicy pod Baranami (song #20 in the album Piwnica Pod Baranami Złota Kolekcja)


The voice of soprano Elzbieta Towarnicka, featured in many
Kieslowski-Preisner works, is easily recognisable

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LOL! In response to this article, film buff and fellow Kieslowski fan Yoco said this was not the first time she watched/heard Preisner sing. Here's the proof.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Red 紅: Love at First Sight 一見鍾情


Miłość od Pierwszego Wejrzenia/Love at First Sight/一見鍾情
by Wisława Szymborska
from the OST of Krzysztof Kieślowski's Trois couleurs: Rouge


一見鍾情

他們兩人都相信
是一股突發的熱情讓他倆交會。
這樣的篤定是美麗的,
但變化無常更是美麗。

既然從未見過面,所以他們確定
彼此並無任何瓜葛。
但是聽聽自街道、樓梯、走廊傳出的話語——
他倆或許擦肩而過一百萬次了吧?

我想問他們
是否記不得了——
在旋轉門
面對面那一刻?
或者在人群中喃喃說出的「對不起」?
或者在聽筒截獲的唐突的「打錯了」?
然而我早知他們的答案。
是的,他們記不得了。

他們會感到詫異,倘若得知
緣分已玩弄他們
多年。

尚未完全做好
成為他們命運的準備,
緣分將他們推近,驅離,
憋住笑聲
阻擋他們的去路,
然後閃到一邊。

有一些跡象和信號存在,
即使他們尚無法解讀。
也許在三年前
或者就在上個星期二
有某片葉子飄舞於
肩與肩之間?
有東西掉了又撿了起來?
天曉得,也許是那個
消失於童年灌木叢中的球?

還有事前已被觸摸
層層覆蓋的
門把和門鈴。
檢查完畢後並排放置的手提箱。
有一晚,也許同樣的夢,
到了早晨變得模糊。

每個開始
畢竟都只是續篇,
而充滿情節的書本
總是從一半開始看起。

(陳黎‧張芬齡 譯)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

兩生花 + 花樣滑冰

感謝Yoco Śhue(超級Kieslowski癡)介紹分享。 花樣滑冰配Kieslowski/Preisner的兩生花(La Double Vie de Veronique)電影音樂,絕妙!可惜在3分30秒到達電影中Weronika的“drop dead moment”時,場上高潮欠奉,只是順滑過渡至另一段落。

Friday, January 20, 2012