Concerto Romantico for Harp and Orchestra (2018)
Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra (2020)
Margarita for Harp, Trumpet and Orchestra (2022)
Małgorzata ZALEWSKA - Harp
Gary GUTHMAN - Trumpet
PODLASIE OPERA AND PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Mirosław Jacek BŁASZCZYK - Conductor
©© DUX 1873, 2022
RECORDED AT THE CONCERT HALL OF THE STANISŁAW MONIUSZKO PODLASIE OPERA AND PHILHARMONIC – EUROPEAN ART CENTRE IN BIAŁYSTOK, PODLEŚNA ST. 2 IN BIAŁYSTOK, 8–10 JUNE 2022
MARCIN GUZ, LECH TOŁWIŃSKI - RECORDING SUPERVISION & SOUND ENGINEERING
MARCIN GUZ - EDITING, MASTERING
ŻANETA PNIEWSKA - TRANSLATION
KRZYSZTOF WIERZBOWSKI - PHOTOS
AGNIESZKA SOBCZYŃSKA / STUDIO MAGA - GRAPHIC DESIGN
RAFAŁ DYMERSKI - PAGE LAYOUT
MARCIN TARGOŃSKI - EDITOR
DUX RECORDING PRODUCERS - MORSKIE OKO 2, 02-511 WARSAW, POLAND | WWW.DUX.PL, E-MAIL: DUX@DUX.PL
"This is a great love story worthy of a movie: "An American In Warsaw." My Friend and buddy, American Jazz trumpeter/composer Gary Guthman meets a beautiful Polish harpist Malgorzata Zalewska (Gosia as we call her), and his heart is lost forever, resulting in his relocation to Warsaw and a process of building not only a new life but also a new career, mostly as a composer.
This wonderful album documents some of his prolific output in the last years: a three-part harp concerto, which features Gosia as the soloist, a three-part trumpet concerto, which features Gary as the soloist, and finally, a short piece for harp, trumpet and orchestra, which features the love birds together. They are accompanied by the Podlasie Opera & Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Miroslaw Jacek Blaszczyk.
The music is absolutely lovely, sort of Jazz-Classical Fusion, but sounds more like superb cinematic scores, which might have been composed in the heyday of the Hollywood era when music played a much more important role as part of the film industry, which is sadly not the case these days.
Guthman, the composer, is deeply soaked in the Jazz tradition, and his music swings at all times and is full of wonderfully crafted melody lines, similar to the modus operandi of all great American composers of musicals and cinematic music.
Of course, Gosia and Gary can also show their chops as excellent instrumentalists, each in his capacity. Gosia brings her Classical Music expertise, and Gary, his Big Band sparks in the superbly elegant class and aesthetic aura. It's great to have a husband, who can write music for you, says Gosia, but honestly, this music is way more than a family affair and offers an uncompromising Artistic value.
Overall, this is a truly splendid musical experience, full of beautiful melodic music, great instrumental work by the soloists and the orchestra, wonderfully amicable in this case, and a strong feeling of nostalgia, when this kind of music was at the helm.
What can I do? I am, after all, a lost romantic… A pleasure to be your Friend, my Dears, and I am proud of you!"
- Adam Baruch - The Soundtrack Of My Life