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Penderecki: Horn Concerto; Fonogrammi; Partita; The Awakening of Jacob et al. / Janik, flute; Montone, horn - Antoni Wit

> Fonogrammi - Fonogrammi
> Przebudzenie Jakuba (The Awakening of Jacob) - Przebudzenie Jakuba (The Awakening of Jacob)
> Anaklasis - Anaklasis
> De natura sonoris No. 1 - De natura sonoris No. 1
> Partita - Partita
> Horn Concerto, "Winterreise" - Horn Concerto, "Winterreise"

Album Summary

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Fonogrammi, for flute & chamber orchestra
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : The Dream of Jacob
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Anaklasis, for string orchestra & percussion
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : De Natura Sonoris I, for orchestra
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Partita, for harpsichord, electric guitar, bass guitar, harp, double-bass & orchestra
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Concerto for horn & orchestra ("Winterreise")
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Each of these six orchestral works bears the imprint of Penderecki's greatness as a composer. Fonogrammi alternates piquant sonorities, pulsating vehemence and moments of great intimacy. Intensity accompanied by neo-Romantic elements can be heard in The Awakening of Jacob whilst Anaklasis is a stunning example of juxtaposed, multiple sound patterns. De natura sonoris I explores more improvisational, jazz-influenced areas, as does the richly orchestrated Partita. The Horn Concerto, composed in 2008, offers an evocative landscape, glacial, powerful, yet wistful. Antoni Wit, one of the most highly regarded Polish conductors, studied conducting with Henryk Czyz and composition with Krzysztof Penderecki at the Academy of Music in Kraków, subsequently continuing his studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. In 2002 he became managing and artistic director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
This is another entry in Naxos's series of Penderecki's complete works, in competition with a similar project with the Cracow Radio Orchestra on Dux. Check indexes. All of these discs contain samples of his early and late periods.

MusicWeb International, August 2012
The performances of the earlier pieces here are better recorded and generally better played than in the composer's own recordings made when the techniques demanded by the music were clearly more unfamiliar to his Polish players...It is good that Wit's comprehensive survey of Penderecki's output is extending to works that have already been recorded by the composer himself and they need fear nothing from their competition.

The Guardian, 9th August 2012
[The Horn Concerto is] handsomely played by Jennifer Montone, though she doesn't eclipse the savage beauty of Radovan Vlatkovic's performance on Channel Classics with Penderecki himself conducting. Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic are marvellously assured elsewhere, though the music is uneven.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland.



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Works Details

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Fonogrammi, for flute & chamber orchestra
  • Performer: Urszula Janik (Flute)
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Ensemble: Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1961

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : The Dream of Jacob
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Running Time: 9 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1974

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Anaklasis, for string orchestra & percussion
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1960

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : De Natura Sonoris I, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Running Time: 8 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1966

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Partita, for harpsichord, electric guitar, bass guitar, harp, double-bass & orchestra
  • Performers: Konrad Kubicki; Jerzy Cembrzynski (Double Bass); Elzbieta Lukowicz (Harpsichord); Barbara Witkowska (Harp); Michal Pindakiewicz
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Running Time: 18 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1971-1972

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Concerto for horn & orchestra ("Winterreise")
  • Performer: Jennifer Montone (Horn)
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland (06/14/2010-06/15/2010)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2008