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World Routes in Poland

In a special edition of the programme, Lucy Duran travels to Poland to explore the folk music of Chopin's homeland, meeting suka player Maria Pomianowska, the folk group Kapela Brodow and the Warsaw Village Band.

All music recorded on location in Warsaw, 9/10 May 2008, by Andrew Smillie

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Sat 20 Mar 2010 15:00

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  • Mazurka

    She visits a monastery to hear Polish folk music, hearing a traditional Mazurka.

    Duration: 05:12

  • Music Played

    • Josef Rosinski

      An old style oberek

      • Sources of Polish Folk Music: Mazowsze.
      • Polish Radio PRCD 170.
    • Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa

      Polka

      • Recorded at Pracovnia Arts Club, Warsaw, 10 May 2008.
    • Kapella Brodow

      Mazurka

      Performers: Anna Broda (vocal/percussion); Witek Broda (fiddle)

      • Recorded at St Dominic's Monastery, Warsaw, 9 May 2008.
  • Origins of the Mazurka and the Polonais

    Members of Polish folk group Kapela Brodow talk about the origins of the Mazurka.

    Duration: 08:07

  • Music Played

    • Kapela Brodow

      Polonaise

      Performers: Anna Broda (vocal/percussion); Witek Broda (fiddle); Jacek Mielcarek (clarinet)

      • Recorded at St Dominic's Monastery, Warsaw, 9 May 2008.
  • Hurdy-gurdy

    Kapela Brodow introduce an instrument called the crank lyre, known as the ‘hurdy-gurdy’.

    Duration: 04:12

  • Music Played

    • Kapela Brodow

      Harvest Song

      Performers: Anna Broda (vocal/percussion); Witek Broda (hurdy gurdy)

      • Recorded at St Dominic's Monastery, Warsaw, 9 May 2008.
  • Maria Pomianowska and Polish fiddles

    Maria Pomianowska describes the different styles of Polish folk dance.

    Duration: 11:45

  • Music Played

    • Maria Pomianowska

      Oberek od Kajokow

      Performers: Maria Pomianowska (fiddle from Plock); Iwona Rapacz (bass suka); Robert Sziwak (drum)

      • Recorded at Royal Castle, Warsaw, 9 May 2008.
    • Maria Pomianowska

      Suwany na suke

      Performers: Maria Pomianowska (suka); Marta Maslanka (dulcimer)

      • Recorded at Royal Castle, Warsaw, 9 May 2008.
  • Chopin and Polish folk dance

    Lucy and Maria Pomianowska discuss Chopin’s relationship with Polish folk music.

    Duration: 06:54

  • Music Played

    • Frédéric Chopin - Chopin's Mazurka opus 68, No.2

      Performers: Maria Pomianowska (fiddle from Plock); Iwona Rapacz (bass suka); Robert Sziwak (drum); Marta Maslanka (dulcimer); Malgorzata Szarlik (hollow violin)

  • The Warsaw Village Band

    The Warsaw Village Band explain how they mix contemporary and traditional folk music.

    Duration: 11:00

  • Music Played

    • Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa

      When Johnny went to fight in the war

      Performers: Sylvia Swiatkowska (violin/suka/vocal); Wojtek Krzak (violin/vocal); Maja Kleszcz (cello/vocal/percussion); Maciej Szajkowski (percussion); Piotr Glinski (percussion)

      • Recorded at Pracovnia Arts Club, Warsaw, 10 May 2008.
  • Warsaw Village Band album

    Members of Warsaw Village Band talk about their latest album.

    Duration: 04:30

  • Music Played

    • Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa

      Fishie

      Performers: Sylvia Swiatkowska (violin/suka/vocal); Wojtek Krzak (violin/vocal); Maja Kleszcz (cello/vocal/percussion); Maciej Szajkowski (percussion); Piotr Glinski (percussion)

      • Recorded at Pracovnia Arts Club, Warsaw, 10 May 2008.
  • Masovia and its influence on Chopin

    The Warsaw Village Band explain more about the traditional folk music of Masovia.

    Duration: 07:11

  • Music Played

    • Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa

      Four Wild Horses

      Performers: Sylvia Swiatkowska (violin/suka/vocal); Wojtek Krzak (violin/vocal); Maja Kleszcz (cello/vocal/percussion); Maciej Szajkowski (percussion); Piotr Glinski (percussion)

      • Recorded at Pracovnia Arts Club, Warsaw, 10 May 2008.

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