Penderecki: Symphony No. 8, Dies irae, Aus den Psalmen Davids

Penderecki: Symphony No. 8, Dies irae, Aus den Psalmen Davids

5.0 1
by Antoni Wit
     
 

Listeners who have been following the career of Polish postmodernist composer Krzysztof Penderecki will have to hear this disc because it features the world-premiere recording of his "Symphony No. 8 Lieder der Vergänglichkeit" (Songs of Transience). Conductor Antoni Wit delivers a committed and satisfying performance that must be consideredSee more details below

Overview

Listeners who have been following the career of Polish postmodernist composer Krzysztof Penderecki will have to hear this disc because it features the world-premiere recording of his "Symphony No. 8 Lieder der Vergänglichkeit" (Songs of Transience). Conductor Antoni Wit delivers a committed and satisfying performance that must be considered at least representative, if not definitive. Written in Penderecki's mature post-1970 style -- that is, with tonal harmonies, staid tempos, dark colors, and heavy textures -- the "Symphony No. 8" is in 12 movements setting nineteenth and twentieth century German poetry on the subjects of life, death, and eternity. This style, of course, is a complete volte-face from the style of Penderecki's landmark works of the late '50s and '60s, works that featured cluster harmonies, amorphous tempos, searing colors, and clotted textures. Two works in this youthful style are included on this disc, the "Dies irae" from 1967 and "Aus den Psalmen Davids" from 1958, and the contrast of styles could not be greater. Indeed, many listeners may doubt if the same composer wrote all three works, and some listeners may not enjoy all three works. Still, anyone who likes either Penderecki's old or new style will have to hear this disc. Recorded in Warsaw in 2006, Naxos' digital sound is cool, but colorful and very present.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2008
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313045075
catalogNumber:
8570450
Rank:
225540

Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 8, for 3 voices, chorus & orchestra ("Lieder der Vergänglichkeit")  - Krzysztof Penderecki
  2. Dies Irae, oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra  - Krzysztof Penderecki  - Ryszard Minkiewicz  -  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra  - Antoni Wit  - Jaroslàw Brek
  3. From the Psalms of David, for chorus, strings & percussion: 1. Psalm 28 (27)  - Krzysztof Penderecki  -  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra  - Antoni Wit
  4. From the Psalms of David, for chorus, strings & percussion: 2. Psalm 30 (29)  - Krzysztof Penderecki  -  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra  - Antoni Wit
  5. From the Psalms of David, for chorus, strings & percussion: 1. Psalm 43 (42)  - Krzysztof Penderecki  -  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra  - Antoni Wit
  6. From the Psalms of David, for chorus, strings & percussion: 1. Psalm 143 (142)  - Krzysztof Penderecki  -  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra  - Antoni Wit

Read More

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Antoni Wit   Primary Artist

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >