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"Penderecki conducts Penderecki, Vol. 1" / Johanna Rusanen, soprano; Agnleszka Rehlis, mezzo; Nikolay Didenko, bass; Krzysztof Penderecki, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir

Album Summary

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Dies Irae
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Hymne an den heiligen Daniel
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Hymn to St. Adelbert, for chorus & orchestra
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Psalms of David, for chorus, 2 pianos, percussion, double bass & harp
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"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 Threndody to the Victims of Hiroshima. He remains a doyen of contemporary music alongside Arvo Part and the late, lamented Henryk Gorecki. 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 Rusanene, Agnieszka Rehlis and Nikolay Didenko), choir and orchestra, composed to mark the centenary of WW1 in 2014.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall (06/16/2015-06/18/2015).



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Works Details

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Dies Irae
  • Performers: Nikolaj Didenko; Agnieszka Rehlis (Mezzo Soprano); Johanna Rusanen (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Ensemble: Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall (06/16/2015-06/18/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1967

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Hymne an den heiligen Daniel
  • Performers: Nikolaj Didenko; Agnieszka Rehlis (Mezzo Soprano); Johanna Rusanen (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall (06/16/2015-06/18/2015)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Hymn to St. Adelbert, for chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Nikolaj Didenko; Agnieszka Rehlis (Mezzo Soprano); Johanna Rusanen (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall (06/16/2015-06/18/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Psalms of David, for chorus, 2 pianos, percussion, double bass & harp
  • Performers: Nikolaj Didenko; Agnieszka Rehlis (Mezzo Soprano); Johanna Rusanen (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall (06/16/2015-06/18/2015)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1958