Genre : Contemporary Classical

Catalogue: Phasma-Music 035

UPC: 660989085896

recording: Grzegorz Stec

editing: Grzegorz Stec

mastering: Grzegorz Stec

recorded in January and March, 2021

graphic design: Michail Travlos

cover photo: Krystyna i Pawel Liszewscy (

production management: Iwona Glinka

front cover: Digital Art by Michail Travlos

premiere: April 1, 2022.

In 2021 the album won the Akademia Music Awards - Music Award of Excellence.


PAWEL KOTLA, conductor

2014 Grammy Award winner, the Kalisz Philharmonic Orchestra under Pawel Kotla, presents the new album CALISIA 1. The outstanding album includes 9 world premiere recordings by 9 contemporary composers.

This album will make all those who distrust contemporary classical music re-evaluate their stance. Performed superbly by the strings of the Kalisz Philharmonic Orchestra, the 2014 Grammy winners, led by the outstanding Maestro Paweł Kotla, the featured works represent the more mainstream approach to musical styles, techniques, forms, and their various expressive outcomes. The well-known, widely accepted and universally admired points of reference – Bartók, Copland, Elgar, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Vaughan Williams and the like – are here for all to hear. From the very simple yet effective diatonicism of “Crescendo No 2” by Giovanni Albini to the ultra-expressive “Hataori” by Satoru Ikeda, the most “modern” and powerful work on this recording, the listener is taken on an exhilarating journey through a kaleidoscope of textures and moods, which will leave no one indifferent. Love it or hate it, this recording rocks. In Foivos Papadopoulos’s “Skies (Shadows)” the principal of the orchestra, Dominik Kossakowski, gives a master class on how to play an extended violin solo within a larger structural context. The other works are “Sinfonia Brevis” by Scott Brickman, “Four By Four” by Brian Field, “Fume Giallo” by Alessandro Giannotti, “Millie’s Math House” by David Hirshleifer, “The Vast and Flat Plain” by Juan Pablo Medina, and “Contentamento” by Allen Molineux – all of them worthy outgrowths of the great Western tradition, still alive and, as this CD proves, still lively. The music is very well recorded, and the artwork leaves nothing to be desired. Recommended. (© Piotr Grella-Mozejko)

Product details

Giovanni Albini

01. Crescendo - Op.69 No.2 [06:26]

Scott Brickman

Sinfonia Brevis

02. I Valse Triste [03:41]

03. II Fantastic Dances [04:19]

Brian Field

04. Four by Four [06:16]

Alessandro Giannotti

05. Fiume Giallo [07:07]

David Hirshleifer

06. Millie’s Math House Theme and Variations [11:08]

Satoru Ikeda

07. HATAORI [12:19]

Juan Pablo Medina

08. The Vast and Flat Ground [10:07]

Allen Molineux

09. Contentamento [09:08]

Foivos Papadopoulos

10. SKIES (Shadows) [07:26]

Total time: [78:23]