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Krzysztof Penderecki: Piano Concerto "Resurrection" / Florian Uhlig, piano

Album Summary

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Resurrection, concerto for piano & orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

Florian Uhlig has often played the concerto under the direction of Penderecki as well as with other conductors throughout the world. Uhlig gives an exceptional interpretation of this successful contemporary work that is particularly close to his heart.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2013
The performance itself has all the necessary gusto and flamboyance. The new ending does little or nothing to tone down the aggressive exuberance of the original, an American commission which while in progress turned (it would appear) into a defiant riposte to the horrors of 9/11.

MusicWeb International, 27th September 2013
Uhlig's performance has all the virtuosic, staminal and expressive necessaries and more besides, and his substantial orchestral support is equally, unflaggingly impressive.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall, Warsaw, P (01/25/2013-01/27/2013).


A heartfelt response to tragedy
The events of 9/11 triggered the creation of many musical works. Some are only of passing interest, while others, such as Penderecki's piano concerto have taken on lives of their own. This new recording presents the revised version of this concerto. In 2007 Penderecki rewrote the final movement, and in the process made it a more hopeful and inspiring work.

Although some of the tone clusters and and atonal gestures reminded me of his 1964 "Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima," Penderecki's piano concerto is a vastly different work. I'd almost classify it as post-romantic. It has the same sprawling bigness of a Rachmaninoff concerto. Although there's not a discernible cadenza, the piano plays almost non-stop throughout the work with virtuoso runs and chords. And although there are sections of great intimacy and delicacy, there are even more where the full orchestra's playing with maximum volume.

Florian Uhlig plays with the right emotional tone. He's a brilliant technician, of course, but he also understands that this is a work of deep emotion. Uhlig effectively communicates that emotion with virtually every note. And conductor Likasz Borowicz is right there with him. The work has some sudden shifts and juxtapositions, but under Borowicz' direction, there's never a misstep.

The revised "Resurrection" concerto is a powerful work that should find a place in the standard repertoire. Yes, it's that good -- and so is this recording.
Submitted on 08/01/14 by RGraves321 
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>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Resurrection, concerto for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Florian Uhlig (Piano)
  • Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
  • Ensemble: Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall, Warsaw, Poland (01/25/2013-01/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2001-2002