Among the most distinctive composers of mid-twentieth-century Poland, Palester was persecuted during the Nazi occupation and subsequently fled communist Poland in the 1950s. His music was banned until the 1970s and to this day, these compositions remain largely unrecorded and virtually unknown.

By bringing his works back to life, “Forbidden Songs” explores the fraught artistic and personal decisions that Palester confronted under repressive regimes.

Equally testaments to their tumultuous era and documents of lasting artistic value, Palester’s compositions help reconsider the ever-present quandaries that bind artistic vision with political responsibility.