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The range of Penderecki’s music is exemplified by this disc, which presents five works written over a period of nearly 40 years. Hymne an den heiligen Adalbert was composed in 1997 and evokes the martyred eighth-century Bishop of Prague through spare but fervent gestures. More austere, but intense in its focus, is Song of the Cherubim, whilst Canticum Canticorum Salomis is a richly sensuous exploration of the Song of Songs. Kosmogonia explores a complex sound tapestry. Strophen (1959) was a breakthrough work – spare, intricate and marvellously tensile.
Krzysztof Penderecki: Hymne an den heiligen Adalbert
Hymne an den heiligen Adalbert
Krzysztof Penderecki: Song of Cherubim
Song of Cherubim
Krzysztof Penderecki: Canticum canticorum Salomonis