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A Romantic Master Rediscovered: Zygmunt Stojowski

This is a portrait of the composer Zygmunt Stojowski, who was admired by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Paderewski, Enescu, Heifetz and many more leading musicians of his day for his colorful, romantic and sometimes exotic music - now being revived in international recordings and performances after a century of neglect.

For this two hour documentary, the WFMT Radio Network has captured the memories of Zygmunt Stojowski's two remaining sons, Alfred and Henry, who, with Stojowski's biographer Joseph Herter, the acclaimed young Polish conductor Lukasz Borowicz, the distinguished pianist Jonathan Plowright, the brilliant young pianist Katarzyna Musial, and the distinguished Professor of the Arts at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts Henry Fogel, reveal the composer's prestigious life-story and unfold the creative imagination and musical inventiveness of his symphonic, choral, concerto, and solo instrumental and vocal output. 

Music featured includes:
Orchestral works: Symphony No 1; Suite for Orchestra
Cantatas: Le Printemps, Prayer for Poland
Concertos: Piano Concerto No 1; Piano Concerto No 2; Rhapsodie Symphonique for Piano and Orchestra
Piano solo works: Chants d'amour; Romance Orientale; Caprice Orientale; Aspirations; Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme
Sonatas:  Violin Sonata No 2,;Cello Sonata
Songs: Speak Once Again; If You Were The Lake; Farewell

This 2-hour special will be available beginning September 1, 2012 and broadcasters will have 2 plays before August 31, 2013.

For more information about this free special, please contact Tony Macaluso at
(773) 279-2114, email: tmacaluso@wfmt.com or Carol Martinez at (773) 279-2112, email: cmartinez@wfmt.com.

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