“Space in Between”
“The whole record is worth hearing through necessarily in full and in comfortable conditions due to the large range of recorded signal. Let’s not look for jazz in this proposal because it’s not there. Though the attitude of the creators who by skilful compilation are aiming to create new quality in another “space-time” dimension strikingly resembles the attitude of some contemporary jazz visionaries. By the way, Katarzyna Borek’s previous recordings, as well as her plans for the future, indicate that she carries potential that can clearly bring her closer to the jazz stage what we cordially wish her”. Read more:
‘Jazz Forum’ set the album “Space in between” as the record of the month.
Jazzforum.pl / Tomasz Szachowski
“Space in Between”
“(…) her material had to gain profundity and space yet it’s not the only merit of original compositions and sounds from outer space but her open approach to the interpretation of classics which in this form should be to liking of everyone who isn’t afraid of dreaming who at least once admired starry sky in silence.”
Tape Recorder Newspaper / Tomek Doksa
“Space in Between”
It’s music that can open many new areas in your brain, change the perspective, colour situations in which we listen to it. It’s due to minimalism and breathing between piano keys, the space that is generated by recordings from cosmos. Katarzyna Borek is a pianist of great sensitivity and artistic intuition and knowledge what clearly shows conversation with her. But not only. The repertoire of her latest album “Space in Between” and choice testifies the ability to find connections between seemingly distant stylists or minds of composers.
Vice / Katarzyna Paluch
“Space in Between”
“I was very pleased with the appearance of two recordings “The weather storm” and “Fugue” of Craig Armstrong – Scottish film music composer and pianist. Katarzyna Borek worked on compositions from his solo publications. I was particularly impressed by her interpretation of “Fugue”. The artist also came up in a very interesting way to the creation of John Adams, John Cage (composition “In A Landscape, 1948) and Takashi Yoshimatsu (virtuosity but with a great sense). In my opinion “Space in Between” perfectly matches the climate of Denovali’s outbuilding because as we know German publishers like inconspicuous, thoughtful and fresh approach to modern piano playing.
New Music / Łukasz Komła
“Space In Between is a record which I can already courageously add to the list of one of the best records in 2016. The pianist brought together (neo) classicism, the music straight from films or ambient music. All this, however, was supplemented with something very special because apart from beautiful (absolutely beautiful music) we can also listen to … the sounds of space.”
“Space in Between”
“With her new solo album, Borek continues the path of experiment and enters the interplanetary level. “Space in Between” is an example of how favourite compositions can be reached and presented according to one’s own idea. This record is minimalist in terms of music and graphic (black and white digipack) but really cosmic when it comes to its influence on our imagination.”
“Space in Between”
The album arouses a hypnotic mood which we also owe to the selected works and their arrangements: in minimalist even mantric style and ambient, spatial character. It certainly allows for reflection and dreams about the universe. Additionally used instruments – prepared and electronically styled grand piano as well as rhodes piano – they both introduce mystery and mood. Through the music performed and arranged by Katarzyna Borek we can set out on unusual even cosmic expedition because the album “Space in Between” is a real cosmos – metaphorically and literally!
“Space in Between”
“The virtuoso sounds will delight hearts of many post-classical music lovers who will surely appreciate the original interpretations of famous compositions which are not easy to discover. The combination of neoclassical sound and sounds from the cosmos recorded by NASA and electronic effects force us to do just one thing. Listen to it tenderly with closed eyes and… fly.”
The album is undoubtedly not only an interesting experiment but above all, it is an inspirational exploration of the boundaries of art which sets in a coherent unity due to the fact that it is linked by a common denominator – a true musical fascination. Hence meaningful motto appears published in the album booklet: “Two worlds – one music: classic and electronics.”
Ludwik Hegel, Stereo and Colourful-Underground
“Tempus Fantasy is an extraordinary project not necessarily due to the idea. Combinations of classics and electronics are not new after all. It’s all difficult venture that has already led astray many excellent creators. But there happen to be those like German phenomenon Brand Brauer Frick Ensemble which clashing the classics with electronics creates absolutely new and impressive quality. The creators of “Tempus Fantasy” seem to follow this path. But their project is much more intimate than great German orchestra. Music of duet is more contemplative but subtle tastes and tensions aren’t missing.”
“This duet pulls out from classics what is most interesting filtering their creativity by their own sensitivity and ideas. The effect is very good and downgrades many creators from this circle both nationwide and worldwide.”
Jakub Knera “The New comes from the Seaside”
“Two individualities. Two different musical worlds. Effect? Pure beauty. And the sound that falls deeply into the heart and allows you to break away from the reality.”
“I heartily encourage you to bend over the proposed record because thanks –as it seems to me – to exemplary fulfillment of all assumptions of emotion’s level implementation to compositions during the recording session it will take us to worlds of views on beauty and musical sensitivity fantastically corresponding with each other yet seeming to be far from each other… “I am happy that the whole project was created in Poland and what fills me with admiration is the fact that such young people can do so. Getting closer to publishers like ECM in terms of the level of production is not an easy task. What I heard thanks to Warner Classics studio can compete with them without any complexes.”
Jacek Pazio, Sound rebels Magazine
“Grand piano and electronic sounds live in symbiosis, they find attractive harmony and sometimes they penetrate so suggestively that we forget about the epoch or even two epochs dividing them.”
Marek Dusza, The Republic
Afer the concert in Luxemburg
The Chopin Evening was included in the 2010 concert schedule as a part of the celebration of 200th anniversary of Frederic Chopin’s birth. The concert endeavour was made possible thanks to the patronage of the Polish and French Embassies in Luxembourg. Both countries consider Chopin their compatriot, which encouraged the Embassies to cooperate in this project.
Katarzyna Borek, Polish pianist and the French violinist Bernard Wacheux, both international artists, knew exactly how to charm the audience with their magnificent performance.
Katarzyna Borek, born in 1980 r in Poland has started her musical career at the early age of 12. She has studied under the famous Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron for 12 years. She won many international competitions and is considered as one of the best Polish pianists of the young generation.
Bernard Wacheux has studied at the Paris Conservatory. He began his career in the German Chamber Orchestra. Some years later he played with Yehudi Menuhin in a quartet. He currently performs in a duo with Bernard Lerouge.
Katarzyna Borek opened the concert with a crisp rendition of the Grande Polonaise preceded by Andante Spinato, op. 22 and three Mazurkas from op. 50: nr 1 in G major, nr 2 in A flat major and nr 3 in C sharp major (…) The young artist, as expected, fulfilled well the role of the virtuoso given to her by the composer. The pianist charmed the audience by a very emotional yet elegant performance – a rare trait in a performer of Chopin’s works.(…)”
Luxemburguer Wort, 04/03/2010
Chopin evening in Bourglinster
200th Anniversary of Chopin’s Birth
Author: Jo Kohn
After the concert in Warsaw/Poland
“On 5.04.2009 the Chopin Society organised a concert with Katarzyna Borek. The concert took place in Centre of Culture and Civic Initiative in Podkowa Leśna, a venue known for providing cultural events for the most demanding audiences. Katarzyna Borek’s performance was enthusiastically received by the audience which had arrived in large numbers and proceeded to form a large queue in order to talk to the artist and obtain an autograph”
Director General of the F. Chopin Society in Warsaw
“Katarzyna Borek is a remarkably talented pianist with great technical skills and the virtuoso predispositions proven by many successful concert performances and competitions. Her performance is a result of profound consideration of a given piece of music followed by its flawless execution. However, Ms Katarzyna Borek is gifted with an exceptional resistance to stressful situations, which ensures a successful public performance (…)”
After the concert in Darmstadt/Germany
“Two Polish pianists, Katarzyna Borek and Jędrzej Lisiecki were invited by the Chopin Society in Darmstadt to perform on a Sunday at the Kennedy House. Katarzyna Borek performed during the first half of the evening and played Chopin exclusively. Right from Andante Spianato and Polonaise in E flat major op.22, which opened her performance, we were faced with a well-balanced interpretation. The artist focused on proportion during the calmer passages, which were graced by an increasingly strong and articulate introduction of the melody with a full, round tone and a clear definition of tempo. In the Waltz in E flat major op.18, the impetus and the amusement of the triplet groups was delivered with deep, natural musicality, without exaggerated rubato or dragging. At last, the virtuoso parts of Chopin’s etudes clearly confirmed that matters of technique do not pose the slightest problem for the young artist. (…)”
After the concert in Zagreb/Croatia
“It is a pleasure to inform the present reader that the Polish Embassy in Zagreb has organised two concerts with the participation of the pianist, Ms Katarzyna Borek. The first of the concerts took place in Ćakovec, 7.10.2008. the performance was very well received by the Croatian audience. I have listened to Ms Borek in Zagreb, 6.05.2009 in the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall. The concert was a part of the celebration of the 3rd May Constitution Day. The audience included representatives of the diplomatic corps, the parliament, the media and the world of culture. The entire audience received the interpretations of Chopin’s works with a vigorous ovation. During later conversations with the professors of the Zagreb Music Academy, they expressed great acclaim for the pianist’s technical and artistic prowess. Ms Borek is an exemplary representative of our country and it is with a great pleasure, that I will keep track of her further career.”
Polish Ambassador to Croatia
“I have known Ms Katarzyna Borek for several years. It is with a great interest and admiration, that I observe the development of her pianistic talent. I have witnessed many of her performances, which are always prominent. Gifted with a strong personality and rich imagination supported by impeccable technique, she had already received considerable recognition (…)”
Piano Department at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz/Poland
Professor of Musashino Academia Musicae in Japan
After the concert in Lima/Peru
“Katarzyna Borek performed a very successful series of recitals in Peru in April 2008 as a part of the Fifth Latin America and the Caribbean – European Union Summit in Lima on May, 15-16, with the participation of, among others, the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. The recitals confirmed Ms Borek’s artistic prowess and her comprehensive repertoire, which includes works by Polish composers, like Frederic Chopin and Ignacy Jan Paderewski. It is safe to say that Ms Borek has left a significant imprint in Polish culture in Peru by presenting the artistic output of said Polish composers. The recitals were enthusiastically received in Peru, constituting important input in promoting Polish culture during the Fifth Latin America and the Caribbean – European Union Summit in ”
Polish Ambassador to Peru
“I would like to recommend to you in the most enthusiastic way the pianistic qualities of Miss Katarzyna Borek.
She is wonderful pianist both musically and technically -has already done very well in competitions.Her playing is very expressive and she made very good impressions on audiences(…)”
Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels
“Katarzyna Borek is one of the most outstanding young pianists in Poland.She has obtained many prizes at the national and international competitions including chamber competitions.She was my student for many years.Her abilities and musical sensitivity place her under the most outstanding pianists.Her interpretations of romantic and 20th-century music are especially impressive-they reveal strong personality, temper, virtuosity(where needed)and fine feeling of piano sound (…)”