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Penderecki: Piano Concerto 'Resurrection'; Flute Concerto / Barry Douglas, piano; Lukasz Dlugosz, flute

Album Summary

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Resurrection, concerto for piano & orchestra
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Concerto for Flute for flute (or clarinet) & chamber orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Scored for a large orchestra, including triple wind and a raft of percussion, Penderecki's Piano Concerto, heard here in its 2007 revision first performed by Barry Douglas, renews the composer's direct involvement with the 'grand' concerto tradition that culminated in Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. Its sub-title 'Resurrection' refers to the melody based on a chorale of a non-religious character, which gradually make its way into the foreground before emerging with striking power at the work's climax. The more modest forces used in the Flute Concerto place no restriction on this work's exceptional emotional range and kaleidoscopic colors.

MusicWeb International, 2nd May 2013
these works are masterpieces. The earthy, minatory Piano Concerto is one of the most exciting places to begin an exploration of Penderecki's music, although the Flute Concerto is arguably more accessible, being altogether gentler and, given Penderecki's earlier reputation, surprisingly tonal.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2013
There's a sincerity about Penderecki's Piano Concerto that, while naive, is sincerely naive...Barry Douglas, Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic don't hold back; their performance is appropriately hard-selling and over-the-top.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2013
Douglas is ideally suited to this big-boned music, and relishes its darkly imposing and sometimes splashy textures...Wit draws a kaleidoscope performance, making this another valuable addition to the Penderecki discography.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
The Piano Concerto (2001-02, rev. 2007), subtitled Resurrection, was written for Emanuel Ax and given its first performance in 2002 soon after the 9/11 attacks. It was revised for Barry Douglas, who plays it here. The nearly 40- minute work tells a story of militant progression, deep contemplation, and spiritual epiphany, expressed through glowing plainsong chorales which seem to announce the triumph of Christmas. It is quite a showpiece. The Flute Concerto (1992) was written for Rampal. Mr Dlugosz plays it convincingly. These are the only recordings of these pieces.


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>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Resurrection, concerto for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Ensemble: Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland (06/17/2010/06/18/2010)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2001-2002

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Concerto for Flute for flute (or clarinet) & chamber orchestra
  • Performer: Lukasz Dlugosz (Flute)
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall, Warsaw, Poland (10/04/2010/10/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1992-1995