Warsaw Sentimental Orchestra
by Miriam Rossius
Polish music right now enjoys a revival of the 1920s and 30s: Foxtrot, swing, tango and more which were all the rage in the thriving night life of these years are en vogue again. Warsaw Sentimental Orchestra has been at the centre of that cultural phenomenon and is one oft he most popular ensembles. They gave their debut in 2015 (btw the Polish name is Warszawska Orkiestra Sentymentalna). The seven band members arrange pre-war tunes, songs and a revue-style performance with an energetic vibe that gives natural lightness even to maudlin melodies.
The repertoire includes many compositions by Polish-Jewish artists from Warsaw: Henryk Wars, Adam Aston or Henryk Gold set milestones in their home country before they had to escape from German occupation.