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Described by USA Today as ‘one of Penderecki’s most colorful and extroverted [pieces]’, the Credo is a sweeping, lavishly scored and highly Romantic setting of the Catholic profession of faith.
Its use of traditional tonality alongside passages of choral speech, ringing brass and exotic percussive effects marks it as a potent Neo-romantic masterpiece.
Composed more than 30 years earlier, the short avant garde Cantata recalls the sound world of Ligeti and celebrates the survival, over 600 years, of the Jagellonian University near Kraków.
Krzysztof Penderecki: Credo
Credo in unum Deum
Qui propter nos homines
Et incarnatus est
Crucem tuam adoramus Domine
Et resurrexit tertia die
Et in Spiritum Sanctum
Confiteor unum baptisma
Et vitam venturi saeculi
Krzysztof Penderecki: Cantata in honorem Almae Matris Universitatis Iagellonicae sescentos abhinc annos fundatae
Cantata in honorem Almae Matris Universitatis Iagellonicae sescentos abhinc annos fundatae
“In charge of the Warsaw Philharmonic and big vocal forces, Antoni Wit conducts with authoritative fervour, bringing out the dark, brass-heavy colour. The soprano Iwona Hossa leads a well-balanced vocal quintet”