Notes & Reviews:
Written for four soloists, large mixed chorus and an orchestra featuring quadruple winds and six horns, 'A Polish Requiem' is among Penderecki's most powerful and moving works. The Neo-romanticism of Pendereckis' music from the latter 1970s is here combined with the more experimental procedures of his earlier years.
"The Requiem is in Penderecki's mature style: basically tonal, relentlessly chromatic, dark, brooding, and forbidding, with very occasional episodes of radiant beauty and spiritual glowThis is clearly one of the major modern settings of this text, and is brilliantly performed here by this great chorus and orchestra. Soloists are slightly spotty, but it's unlikely you'll find better anytime soon. This release, recorded in 2003, does come into direct competition with the composer's own with Swedish forces on Chandos 9459." - American Record Guide
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Works DetailsPenderecki, Krzysztof : Polish Requiem
- Performers: Izabella Klosinska (Soprano); Ryszard Minkiewicz (Tenor); Piotr Nowacki (Bass)
- Conductor: Antoni Wit
- Ensemble: Warsaw National Philharmonic Choir
- Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall (05/27/2003-06/03/2003)
- Running Time: 96 min. 37 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Form: Choral
- Written: 1980-1984