I’ve chosen Jacek Sykulski’s eerily beautiful composition "Peace Meditation" as my introduction to you of a choir whom I consider to be one of the best in the world. The Poznań Boys’ Choir (Poznański Chór Chłopięcy) are the successor choir to the famous "Polish Nightingales" (Polskie Slowiki). They’re a wonderful choir, in my opinion they’re one of the best boys choirs in the world and the quality of their singing far exceeds that of many better known and wealthier choirs. Their repertoire is as impressive as their singing:
"The choir works on the natural sound and new interpretation of music masterpieces (among others Gabrieli, Zieleński, Wacław of Szamotuły, Philips, Tallis, Bach, Bruckner, Szymanowski, Koszewski, Britten, Messiaen, Penderecki, Górecki, Tavener, and Urbaitis). The choir also performs excellent arrangements of traditional Polish carols, early music, soundtracks (Jan A. P. Kaczmarek and others) and popular compositions which constitute a form of creative interaction with the audience.
Source: Institution – Poznan Boys’ Choir
I plan on posting several performances by this choir but it seemed appropriate to start the proceedings with a music video of them singing something by Jacek Sykulski. Sykulski was born in Poznań in 1964 and is a graduate of the Jerzy Kurczewski Choir School and the Academy of Music in Poznań. He’s worked with such luminaries as the late Christopher Dedrick. Sykulski now lives and works in his native Poznań where he’s been the conductor and artistic director of the Academic Choir of the Adam Mickiewicz University since 1996 and the director of the Poznański Chór Chłopięcy (Poznań Boys’ Choir) since 2003. He also directs his own chamber ensemble, ‘Nova Gaudia’.
The meditation is one of two works by Sykulski that arise from his response to the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre — the other is “Dance in the Fire”. Both pieces were written for the first anniversary of September 11 and were performed at Ground Zero in New York City in 2002. Peace meditation is a vocalisation exercise. It’s a hauntingly beautiful piece with a superb solo by Jędrzej Owsianny. Enjoy :-)