Krzysztof Penderecki

Penderecki Conducts Penderecki Vol. 1

3 Jun 2016

Barcode: 0825646039395

Other participants: Johanna Rusanen, Agnieszka Rehlis, Nikolay Didenko, Henryk Wojnarowski,
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra

“My art, with its deep Christian roots, aims to restore the human metaphysical space, shattered by 20th-century cataclysms. Restoring the sacred dimension of reality is the only way in which man can be saved.” - Krzysztof Penderecki

This album contains a selection of Poland’s greatest living composer’s vocal-instrumental works on religious subjects, representing different artistic responses to the challenge expressed above. Our selection also provides proof of the special importance that the composer attaches to what he considers as “the most difficult of instruments”– namely, the human voice.

Penderecki shot to notoriety in the musical avant-garde in 1960 with the haunting string music of his Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima. He remains a doyen of contemporary music alongside Arvo Pärt and the late, lamented Henryk Górecki. Here, the 82-year-old composer conducts his own music with his national orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic. He also gives the triumphant premiere of a powerful new sacred work, Dies Illa, for soloists (Johanna Rusanen, Agnieszka Rehlis and Nikolay Didenko), choir and orchestra, composed to mark the centenary of WWI in 2014.

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Penderecki: Dies Illa: I. Mors Stupebit  - Krzysztof Penderecki 
02 Penderecki: Dies Illa: II. Liber Scriptus  - Krzysztof Penderecki 
03 Penderecki: Dies Illa: III. Quid Sum Miser  - Krzysztof Penderecki 
04 Penderecki : Dies Illa: IV. Rex Tremendae  - Krzysztof Penderecki 
05 Penderecki: Dies Illa: V. Recordare  - Krzysztof Penderecki 
06 Penderecki: Dies Illa: VI. Juste Judex  - Krzysztof Penderecki 
07 Penderecki: Dies Illa: VII. Qui Mariam  - Krzysztof Penderecki 
08 Penderecki: Dies Illa: VIII. Lacrimosa  - Krzysztof Penderecki 
09 Penderecki: Hymn To St. Daniil  - Krzysztof Penderecki 
10 Penderecki: Hymn To St. Adalbert  - Krzysztof Penderecki 
11 Penderecki: Psalms Of David: Psalm XXVIII  - Krzysztof Penderecki 
12 Penderecki: Psalms Of David: Psalm XXX  - Krzysztof Penderecki 
13 Penderecki: Psalms Of David: Psalm XLIII  - Krzysztof Penderecki 
14 Penderecki: Psalms Of David: Psalm CXLIII  - Krzysztof Penderecki 

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