Olga Pasichnyk (soprano), Rafal Bartminski (tenor), Tomasz Konieczny (bass), Jerzy Artysz (narrator), Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Antoni Wit (conductor)
The range of Krzysztof 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.
Penderecki Hymne an den heiligen Adalbert, Song of the Cherubim, Canticum Canticorum Salomonis, Kosmogonia, Strophen
Running Time: 57 min
'I really have no reservations about these performances. In fact, this Canticum Canticorum Salomonis is the most impressive I've heard, eclipsing the composer's own recording on EMI. (Fanfare)
'Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra bring together some of Penderecki's most diverse and captivating choral works.' (Classical Music Sentinel)