Zygmunt Krauze - Fête galante et pastorale
There were several 'firsts' involved in my initial encounter with Zygmunt Krauze's music: my first visit to Poland (1970), my first 'Warsaw Autumn' festival and its first concert (19 September), and the Warsaw premiere of Krauze's first Piece for Orchestra (1969). The memory has stayed with me ever since, not least because here was a work that was distinctly different from the other new Polish music that had so far filtered westwards. I was familiar with some Lutosławski, Penderecki and Górecki, but what struck me that evening was the restraint, delicacy and individuality of Krauze's music. It stood out for being quiet, reflective and very beautiful.