PATRIOTISM THROUGH ART
THEY HAVE REVOLUTIONISED MODERN APPROACH TO ACCORDION MUSIC AND ACTUALLY CAUSED ACCORDION TO BECOME TRENDY. MUSIC SCHOOLS WITNESS A VIRTUAL “ACCORDION RENAISSANCE” AS THEIR STUDENTS WANT TO BE LIKE MOTION TRIO!
We know Motion Trion thanks to their concerts as well as the musicians’ rich discography, as they have just released their newest (eleventh!) CD. I am greatly impressed by the variety of styles that the MT musicians are able to master and record in a row. Once they have completed their joint project with L.U.C, they have presented a CD with Polish contemporary classical music. Though they admit that they have indeed found the involved emotional switch difficult, they have been successful in attaining what they had once resolved, i.e. never become a band which plays one music style only. They have been determined to keep surprising even themselves! And they do.
The "Polonium" album is a fulfilment of Motion Trio’s dream to record works of the greatest Polish composers of the second half of the 20th century on one CD. “Polonium” includes works by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wojciech Kilar, Marta Ptaszyńska, and of course by Janusz Wojtarowicz, Motion Trio’s leader ("Sounds of War", a piece composed many years ago together with Jacek Hołubowski). Some works that have been included in the album had already been presented by the band before, while other pieces (such as Lutosławski’s "Bukoliki" arranged for three accordions) are addressed primarily to young generation. MT invited Leszek Możdżer to participate in their interpretation of Górecki’s concerto, which has proven to be a great idea, given the incredible energy generated from their joint performance.
Janusz Wojtarowicz admits that he has always loved Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s harsh and touching music. Górecki’s surprisingly accordion-like treatment of his harpsichord concerto has undoubtedly encouraged Wojtarowicz to arrange this piece of work for piano and three accordions. Motion Trio’s unique interpretation has also given a totally new dimension to the CD’s opening work, Kilar’s "Orawa".
"Polonium" is a great treat both for music lovers who know the said works in their original interpretations and who are surely going to welcome the new arrangements as a nice surprise, and for those who have not known the works before and definitely need to catch up. The CD’s title stems from the Latin name of a radioactive element discovered by Maria Curie-Skłodowska who called it Polon to pay tribute to her country – Poland. This type of patriotism manifested through science and art is what MT musicians like best.
May the approach result in a shower of awards for Polish accordionists – just like it did in the case of the Polish scientist.
Jowita Dziedzic-Golec, RMF CLASSIC