|Magdalena Tomsińska (Canada) – lute
Anna Mikołajczyk-Niewiedział (Poland) –soprano
Utwory z gdańskiej tabulatury lutniowej MS 4022
Magdalena Tomsińska – lute
Magdalena Tomsinska, Polish/ Canadian lutenist and guitarist, performs as soloist and continuo player in period-instrument ensembles in Ontario, Canada. She holds Master of Music in classical guitar performance from the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Later she studied lute at the Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow. In Canada from 1992, she teaches guitar and lute at Laurier Conservatory of Music in Waterloo.
Magdalena has performed on renaissance lute, baroque guitar, theorbo and classical guitar with various music groups from Canada and Poland, including Renaissance Singers, Cardinal Consort, Collegium Vocale Bydgoszcz and Canor Anticus along with soloists such as Jennifer Enns-Modolo and Daniel Cabena. She is a member of the Nota Bene Baroque Players and Toronto Continuo Collective.
In 2014, with financial help from the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund and the city of Gdansk, Magdalena recorded a solo lute CD containing music from the 17th century tablature Danzig 4022, as an addendum to her musicological work. Except of the two Balletti Polachi this is the world’s first recording of pieces from that manuscript.
In the 2013, with Collegium Vocale Bydgoszcz, she recorded in Poland the CD dedicated to Polish Renaissance poet, Jan Kochanowski, Na fraszki, in 2012, the CD Fine Knacks for Ladies, which contained John Dowland’s music, and in 2010 the CD Chansons, dedicated to French 17th century music. CDs include Magdalena’s lute solos.
Magdalena was a member of the early music consort Greensleaves from 1996 – 2010. With this consort she recorded three CD’s, Greensleaves (2000), The Gift of Christmas Past (2005) and Polish Popular music of the XVIIth Century (2009), the latest one being dedicated to Polish 17th century music from the manuscript PL-Kj 10002.
From 1999 to 2005 she was conductor of the choir at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church. In 2000 and 2002 the choir won first prize at the Festival of Religious Songs in Mississauga. With the choir Magdalena recorded a CD Blisko jesteś Panie.
Magdalena also recorded Polish Christmas Carols in 1996 and Polish children’s songs in 1997.
From 2010 to 2012, Magdalena researched a 17th century lute manuscript from Gdansk. She previewed the results of her research at the International Medieval-Renaissance Musicological Conference in Nottingham, England, in summer 2012. In December 2012 she wrote an article on that subject, which was printed in the Polski rocznik muzykologiczny (Polish Musicological Yearly 2012). In musicological literature it is the world’s first comprehensive description of this important source of Polish musical culture, which was considered until the late nineties to be irretrievably lost. For the facsimile edition of this tablature (D-B Danzig 4022), printed in Germany in August 2013 by Tree Edition, she wrote the English version of the article, with an introduction and inventory with concordances.
Anna Mikołajczyk-Niewiedział – soprano
Anna Mikołajczyk-Niewiedział is a soprano born on 29 January 1972 in Lidzbark Warmiński, north-eastern Poland.
She graduated from the Music Academy in Warsaw’s Vocal Faculty, where she studied under Małgorzata Marczewska. She has perfected her vocal techniques on courses run by specialists in early music Evelyn Tubb and Andrew King.
In 1998, she was recognized for her vocal artistry at the Early Music Competition Przeszłość dla Przyszłości (Past for the Future). She received Zofia Rayzacherowa’s Prize in 2001 “for the greatest artistic individuality in the field of early music” at the 11th Festival of Early Music at Warsaw’s Royal Castle.
A significant place in Anna Mikołajczyk-Niewiedział’s repertoire is reserved for oratories and cantatas. She has performed under the baton of such conductors as Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Piotr Borkowski, Bohdan Jarmołowicz, Szymon Kawalla, Kazimierz Kord, Paweł Kotla, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski, Paweł Przytocki, Wojciech Rajski, Marcin Sompoliński, Stefan Stuligrosz, Tadeusz Wicherek, Krzysztof Słowiński, Paul Goodwin, Kai Bumann, Zsolt Nagy, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Mark Štryncl, and Roman Valek.
She has established a special reputation in the field of early music, working closely with many outstanding musicians, including Jan Tomasz Adamus, Marek Coudle, Tadeusz Czechak, Marek Toporowski, Jacek Urbaniak, and Jerzy Żak, as well as ensembles – Arte dei Suonatori, Bornus Consort, Concerto Polacco, Dolnośląska Orkiestra Barokowa (Lower Silesian Baroque Orchestra), Il Tempo, Kleine Kammer-Musique, Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense, Harmonia Sacra, Kapela Jasnogórska Jasna Góra’s Band, Musica Florea, Collegium Marianum from the Czech Republic, Musica Aeterna and Solamente Naturali from Slovakia, and Capella Augustana from Italy. She has performed with orchestras on many occasions: The Warsaw Philharmonic, Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok, Poznań Philharmonic, Philharmonic in Kielce, Concerto Avenna, and Capella Bydgostiensis.
Anna Mikolajczyk-Niewiedział has a wide-ranging repertoire, from medieval secular songs to the Baroque and contemporary music, which she performs in Poland and abroad. Her major operatic roles include: Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen, Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugène Onegin, Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo and Euridice, Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Dido and Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Anna in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, and Dorilla in Vivaldi’s Dorilla in Tempe, as well as those in Mozart’s operas: Donna Anna inDon Giovanni, Contessa in The Marriage of Figaro, Elisa in Il Re Pastore, Sifare inMitridate, Re di Ponto, and Pamina in The Magic Flute, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte.
Her repertoire also includes contemporary music. She is often invited by composers, among them Paweł Łukaszewski and Benedykt Konowalski, to give premieres of their works.
She has participated in many music festivals such as Warszawska Jesień (Warsaw Autumn),Wratislavia Cantans, Gaude Mater, Laboratorium Muzyki Współczesnej (Laboratory of Contemporary Music), Festival of Polish Radio, Summer Song Festival of Polish Composers, Early Music Festival at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Sagra Musicale Malestiana in Rimini (Italy), Prague Jaro (Czech Republic), Old Hudba Days in Bratislava (Slovakia), Oude Muziek in Utrecht (Netherlands), Vantaan Barokki in Helsinki (Finland), Creations Baroques Atlantique (France), and Tage alter Musik in Herne (Germany).
She has made numerous recordings for Polish Radio and for Polish Television. She has recorded CDs with Ars Nova, Dekameron, Il Canto, Concerto Polacco, Capella Augustana, Kleine Kammer-Musique, Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense and the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Many of them have been nominated for the Fryderyk Prize of the Polish record industry and several have received the distinction: Muzyka Jasnogórska/Music from the Jasna Góra monastery (DUX 2006), Baird, Błażewicz, Łukaszewski, Borkowski (Musica Sacra 2006), Józef Zeidler – Musica Sacromontana (Polskie Radio SA/Stowarzyszenie Miłośników Muzyki Świętogórskiej im J. Zeidlera 2007), Jasnogórska Muzyka Dawna vol. 14 / Early Music from the Jasna Góra monastery (DUX 2007), andPaweł Łukaszewski – Sacred Music (Musica Sacra 2007). Her DUX recording of Szymanowski’s songs (with the pianist Edward Wolanin) received two Fryderyk Prizes in 2008, in the ‘vocal recital’ and ‘the debut of the year’ categories.
She received the Mayor of Gdańsk Theatre Award for the role of Maria Skłodowska-Curie in Elżbieta Sikora’s opera Madame Curie performed at the Baltic Opera, and together with the opera’s composer, she won the Storm of the Year Gazeta Wyborcza Award in the category of classical music. Madame Curie was released on DVD (by DUX). The recording received the prestigious French award Orphée du Prestige Liryque de l’Europe.