Penderecki: Utrenja

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Penderecki: Utrenja



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30th March 2009




74 minutes


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Penderecki: Utrenja

Iwona Hossa (soprano), Agnieszka Rehlis (mezzo-soprano), Piotr Kusiewicz (tenor), Piotr Nowacki (bass) & Gennady Bezzubenkov (basso profondo)

Warsaw Boys’ Choir, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Antoni Wit


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Penderecki’s Utrenja was inspired by the Orthodox liturgy for Holy Saturday with its focus on the lamentation of Christ’s death and the Easter Sunday morning service commemorating the Resurrection.

The composer remarks that ‘Utrenja is a combination of pure, a cappella vocal writing and orchestral effects (for strings and percussion) very much connected with electronic music’.

Enthusiastically received by audiences, it stands beside his Polish Requiem (8557386-87) and St Luke Passion (8557149) as one of the towering masterpieces of modern Polish music.

Krzysztof Penderecki: Utrenja, Part I, "The Entombment of Christ"

I. Troparion

II. Songs of Praise

III. Irmos

IV. Canon of the Holy Saturday, Song 9

V. Irmologion (Stichira)

Krzysztof Penderecki: Utrenja, Part II, "The Resurrection of Christ"

I. The Gospel

II. Stichira

III. Psalm with Troparion

IV. Passover Canon, Songs 1 and 3

V. Passover Canon, Song 8

VI. Kontakion

VII. Ikos

VIII. Passover Canon, fragments

The Guardian

1st May 2009


“Utrenja continues the grandiloquent musical synthesis that Penderecki had exploited so successfully in the Passion, mixing his modish harmonic clusters and atonal orchestral writing with elements drawn from Slavonic traditions.”

BBC Music Magazine

July 2009


“In the hands of Antoni Wit's expert Warsaw forces and a fine solo line-up, it all makes a powerful effect, sombre in its Easter Saturday lamentation and wildly joyful in its Easter Day celebration.”

Classics Today

“Antoni Wit and his Polish forces are incomparable in this repertoire”

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