The concert will crown the Mikołaj Gomółka: Melodie na psałterz polski. Opera Omnia [Mikołaj Gomółka: Melodies for the Polish Psalter. Opera Omnia] phonography project, carried out by the Polish Radio Choir in cooperation with Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett – an outstanding Polish singer, harpist and teacher. The project envisages recording all the psalms from the famous collection by Mikołaj Gomółka. The concert programme is set to present a selection of psalms, including all seven Psalms of Confession, arranged by a composer who left a particular mark on the history of Polish Renaissance, thus perfectly fitting into the symbolism of the first day of the festival.

Psalms from Gomółka’s collection, published in 1580, were written to illustrate texts in Polish (translated by Jan Kochanowski). These small pieces were composed as four-voice arrangements with symmetrical structure and clearly visible stanzas. The work was dedicated to the then Bishop of Kraków, Piotr Myszkowski, which inspired the organisers to host the concert at one of the most important churches of Polish Christianity – the Wawel Cathedral.



Ratuy mię Panie (Salvum me fac, Deus, quoniam intraverunt aquae, Ps. 69)

O który światem władasz (Exurgat Deus, et dissipentur inimici eius, Ps. 68)

interludium instrumentalne

Broń mię, móy Panie (Eripe me, Domine, Ps. 140)


Psalms of Confession

Szcześliwy komu grzechy odpuszczono (Beati quorum remissae sunt iniquitates, Ps. 32)

W troskach głębokich ponurzony (De profundis clamavi ad Te, Domine, Ps. 130)

interludium instrumentalne

Usłysz prośby moie (Domine, exaudi orationem meam, et clamor meus, Ps. 102)

Boże w miłosierdźiu swoim (Miserere mei, Deus, Ps. 51)

interludium instrumentalne

Wysłuchay, wieczny Boże (Domine, exaudi orationem meam auribus precipe, Ps. 143)

Czasu gniewu y czasu Twey popędliwośći (Domine, ne in furore Tuo arguas me, Ps. 38)

Czasu gniewu y czasu swey zapalczywośći (Domine, ne in furore Tuo arguas me, Ps. 6)


Móy wiekuisty Pasterz mię paśie (Dominus regit me, Ps. 23)

Do ćiebie, Panie, wzdycha serce moie (Ad Te, Domine, levavi, Ps. 25)

Rzekł Pan do pana mego (Dixit Dominus Domino meo, Ps. 110)



Anna Zawisza – soprano

Polish Radio Choir

Compass Consort

Elizabeth Rumsey – treble viol, leader

Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett – artistic direction


Archcathedral Basilica of St Stanislaus and St Wenceslaus on Wawel Hill

Duration: 2 h