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Penderecki: Credo / Antoni Wit

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>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Credo, for soloists, boys' choir, chorus & orchestra
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Cantata in honorem Almae Matris Universitatis Iagellonicae, for chorus & orchestra

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>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Credo, for soloists, boys' choir, chorus & orchestra
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Cantata in honorem Almae Matris Universitatis Iagellonicae, for chorus & orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

Described by USA Today as "one of Penderecki's most colorful and extroverted [pieces]", the Credo is a sweeping, lavishly scored and highly Romantic setting of the Catholic profession of faith. Its use of traditional tonality alongside passages of choral speech, ringing brass and exotic percussive effects marks it as a potent Neo-romantic masterpiece. Composed more than 30 years earlier, the short avant-garde Cantata recalls the sound world of Ligeti and celebrates the survival, over 600 years, of the University near Krakow. "Antoni Wit and his Polish forces are incomparable in this repertoire" (Penderecki's 'Utrenja', NXS 8572031 / David Hurwitz).

"In charge of the Warsaw Philharmonic and big vocal forces, Antoni Wit conducts with authoritative fervour, bringing out the dark, brass-heavy colour. The soprano Iwona Hossa leads a well-balanced vocal quintet" -BBC Music Magazine ****

"Antoni Wit's Penderecki series for Naxos has been uniformly excellent, and this latest installment is no exception... As we have come to expect from this source, the singing is excellent. Penderecki's vocal writing can be treacherous in its exploitation of extremes of high and low, and Wit invariably chooses soloists who are up to the challenge... Top recommendation." -ClassicsToday (10/10)

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Here the composer has given us a masterwork equal in rank to his Polish Requiem and Seventh Symphony, and the assembled forces under Penderecki advocate Antoni Wit turn in a performance fully worthy of the piece.

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Recording information: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland.



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>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Credo, for soloists, boys' choir, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Aga Mikolaj (Soprano); Iwona Hossa (Soprano); Rafal Bartminski; Remigiusz Lukomski
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland (09/29/2008-10/01/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1997-1998

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Cantata in honorem Almae Matris Universitatis Iagellonicae, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1964