BACZYNSKI.

Baczynski_(2013)

My first encounter with Polish composer Bartosz Chajdecki was a few years back when I was fortunate enough to hear his epic and majestic score for The Polish TV series DAYS OF HONOUR, this powerful soundtrack  displayed the musical prowess of this Maestro and also demonstrated his originality and versatility as a composer and orchestrator. BACZYNSKI is a recent project for Chajdecki, and again the composer has come to the fore and pulled out all of the musical stops to create a work that is proud, emotional and invigorating to listen too. The film is a biography of the Polish poet, freedom fighter and patriot who fought in the Polish underground and resistance movement against Germans and Russian occupiers. After the Warsaw uprising broke out he joined the Parasol battalion but was killed in action on August 4th 1944 in the Warsaw old town by a bullet from a German sniper. In 1947 he was posthumously awarded the Armia Krajowa Cross.

English: Warsaw Uprising'44
English: Warsaw Uprising’44 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The music that Chajdecki has written is wonderfully emotive and also contains a real sense of patriotism that is underlined with powerful and striving musical passages and punctuated with gentle and haunting nuances that linger long within the subconscious of the listener. Performed by strings, percussive elements and synthetic support with an array of flawlessly executed solo performances, ie: delicate yet fervent viola/violin, heartbreaking cello, energetic almost concerto like piano performances (courtesy of Marek Sziezer) and dramatic and darkly luxurious interludes that although are slightly threatening in their persona still manage to remain melodious and haunting.  This is a score that I for one will be returning to many times. It is filled to overflowing with attention grabbing melodic interludes and warm and rich sounding compositions that in the main have a grand and classical sound to them, but there is also a passion present within the work that filters through in places and this atmosphere seems to envelope the listener surrounding them and commanding their attention. The composer also utilizes solo female voice on occasion within the score and this adds another dimension to the work, conjuring up an atmosphere that is ethereal and emotive and evoking a sound that is not dissimilar to that achieved by Murray Gold in his scores for the Dr WHO TV series and also has certain affiliations to the work and sound  of Ennio Morricone.  I cannot recommend this soundtrack highly enough, and I employ you to buy it, for your own sake, because if you miss out on hearing this you will be the poorer person.

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