20th Century Classics: Penderecki: Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima; Symphony no 1; Cello Concerto no 1

Audio Samples

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Anaklasis, for string orchestra & percussion
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Fonogrammi, for flute & chamber orchestra
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : De Natura Sonoris I, for orchestra
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Capriccio for violin & orchestra
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Canticum canticorum Salomonis, for chorus & orchestra
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : De Natura Sonoris II, for orchestra
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : The Dream of Jacob
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Emanations, for 2 string orchestras
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Partita, for harpsichord, electric guitar, bass guitar, harp, double-bass & orchestra
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Concerto for Cello no 1
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Symphony no 1
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Miniatures (3) for Clarinet and Piano

Album Summary

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Anaklasis, for string orchestra & percussion
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Fonogrammi, for flute & chamber orchestra
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : De Natura Sonoris I, for orchestra
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Capriccio for violin & orchestra
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Canticum canticorum Salomonis, for chorus & orchestra
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : De Natura Sonoris II, for orchestra
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : The Dream of Jacob
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Emanations, for 2 string orchestras
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Partita, for harpsichord, electric guitar, bass guitar, harp, double-bass & orchestra
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Concerto for Cello no 1
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Symphony no 1
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Miniatures (3) for Clarinet and Piano
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Krzysztof Penderecki (b1933) first came to international prominence with his Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima of 1960 (track 2 on disc 1 of this set). This lead to more success with the choral work St Luke's Passion. Now established as one of Poland's most important modern composers, Penderecki was at the forefront of a 1960s resurgence of avant-garde music from a country which at that time, it should be remembered, was under a repressive communist government. As well as Penderecki composers such as Witold Lutoslawski, Grazina Bacewicz, Kazimierz Serocki, Tadeusz Baird and Henryk Górecki took the West by storm. The works in this set all date from 1959-74 at a time when the composer was at the height of his new-found celebrity. Many of these 1970s recordings were made within just a year or so of their completion, quite a rare occurrence for contemporary music at the time. Hollywood has made wide use of Penderecki's work in films like The Shining, The Exorcist, Shutter Island, Fearless and Children of Men.



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Works Details

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Anaklasis, for string orchestra & percussion
  • Conductor: Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Ensemble: Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1960

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
  • Conductor: Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Notes: Katowice, Poland (02/03/1975-02/07/1975)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1959-1961

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Fonogrammi, for flute & chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Notes: Studio Of Polskie Radio, Katowice, Poland (01/24/1972-05/01/1972)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1961

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : De Natura Sonoris I, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Notes: Katowice, Poland (02/03/1975-02/07/1975)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1966

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Capriccio for violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Wanda Wilkomirska (Violin)
  • Conductor: Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Notes: Studio Of Polskie Radio, Katowice, Poland (04/24/1972-05/01/1972)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1967

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Canticum canticorum Salomonis, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Notes: Katowice, Poland (02/03/1975-02/07/1975)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1970-1973

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : De Natura Sonoris II, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Notes: Studio Of Polskie Radio, Katowice, Poland (04/24/1972-05/01/1972)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1971

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : The Dream of Jacob
  • Conductor: Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Notes: Katowice, Poland (02/03/1975-02/07/1975)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1974

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Emanations, for 2 string orchestras
  • Conductor: Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Notes: Studio Of Polskie Radio, Katowice, Poland (04/24/1972-05/01/1972)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1958-1959

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Partita, for harpsichord, electric guitar, bass guitar, harp, double-bass & orchestra
  • Performer: Felicja Blumental (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Notes: Studio Of Polskie Radio, Katowice, Poland (04/24/1972-05/01/1972)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1971-1972

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Concerto for Cello no 1
  • Performer: Siegfried Palm (Cello)
  • Conductor: Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Notes: Studio Of Polskie Radio, Katowice, Poland (04/24/1972-05/01/1972)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1966-1972

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Symphony no 1
  • Conductor: Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Notes: No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (07/21/1973/07/23/1973)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1972-1973

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Miniatures (3) for Clarinet and Piano
  • Performers: Alfons Kontarsky (Piano); Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Kloster Machern, Festsaal, Mosel, Germany (07/02/1988-07/05/1988)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1956