Penderecki: Te Deum (1979-80)
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Penderecki - Symphony No. 2 ‘Christmas’ and Sacred Works
Krzysztof Penderecki (born 1933) had a reputation for being something of an “enfant terrible" by his use of new sonorities with note clusters and massive glissandi but there is no doubt that these were used to heighten the impact of the message he wished to express. His devout Catholicism stimulated many moving choral works and this collection contains two large – Magnificat (premiered 1974, recorded 1975) and Te Deum (premiered 1980, recorded 1983) and the short Lacrimosa (premiered 1980, recorded 1983). The Te Deum was started on the day that his friend Karel Woityla became, as John Paul II, the first Polish Pope. His second symphony, written for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, was originally intended as a multi-movement work but on Christmas Eve 1979 he decided to complete it in one movement. The collection concludes with Kanon a work dating from 1962. All the works are performed by Polish artists under the direction of the composer.
“A sombre Te Deum, dark Magnificat (and unchristmassy Christmas Symphony); only the Lacrimosa and Kanon fulfil titular expectations! Despite fuzziness of detail, Penderecki's personality shines through.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2009 ***
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Penderecki - Te Deum
“dedicated performances...maximum animation to the musical processes.” Gramophone Magazine
“Penderecki's 1979/80 Te Deum is a setting of the great Christian hymn of praise, and marked the election of a Polish compatriot as Pope. Fine contributions from chorus and orchestra, and a good recording, help to make the best possible case for this unexpectedly sombre work.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2007 ****
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Penderecki: Te Deum Lacrimosa
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