: Radio Poland: Gaude Mater Festival underway

14:35 May. 2, 2016

Radio Poland: Gaude Mater Festival underway

Jasna Góra Monastery, the Holy Cross and the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is made in baroque style, Poland, 2008 (Getty Images)

The programme of the festival focuses on various liturgical forms performed by leading musicians from EU, Ukraine and Russia

You can hear  a Gregorian mass in jazz style, highland vespers by an orchestra from the Tatra resort of Zakopane and saxophone improvisations on Gregorian chants.

The event has brought together musicians from Poland, France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Italy and Britain.

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It opened with the performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion by Die Koelner Academy from Germany and the Polish Historical Orchestra.

Foreign artists include Jewish cantor Baruch Finkelstein from Russia and the Dumka Choir from Ukraine.

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Among the musicians invited by Maksymiuk to join him for the occasion are the American pianist Kate Liu, Third Prize winner at last year's Chopin Competition in Warsaw, and a highlanders' quartet by Sebastian Karpiel-Bułecka from the Tatra resort of Zakopane.
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