Witold Lutoslawski's Songs
Blots on the Sun
Agata Zubel - voice
Andrzej Bauer - cello
Cezary Duchnowski - piano, electronics
"The Derwid’s songs have been treated with confidence and originality in keeping with individual artistic temperament yet with respect for prototypical conventions by the ElettroVoce Duo and Andrzej Bauer. In turn this formation’s trademark relies on a sense of detachment and irony, typical of humour in our part of Europe. What does it depend on? Popular hit songs: yes, but slightly distorted, camp. Waltzes and ‘waltzettes’, foxtrots and ‘foxtrotettes’, all bathed in references to popular styles of music making from the 1950s – a role performed by the phenomenal members of the ElettroVoce Duo – Agata Zubel, both in terms of acting and singing, and Cezary Duchnowski who sketches a smooth fabric of lyrical charme with the aid of a computer and who also surprises us with his fiery piano renditions of jazz (with a pinch of salt, of course!).
In the end, everything boils down to the subtleties of good taste – balancing on the edge of kitsch and putting kitsch in brackets. It must be said that in this wordplay of lyrical clichés both the master Lutosławski as well as the authors of these new arrangements have shown true artistry. This material should be released immediately on disc!” (Ewa Szczecińska)