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Kryzstof Penderecki: Masterworks Of 20th Century [Box set]

Penderecki , Wit , Various Audio CD
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  • Performer: Various
  • Orchestra: Various
  • Conductor: Various
  • Composer: Penderecki
  • Audio CD (September 29, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Naxos Special Products
  • ASIN: B002JP9HTO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,550 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Utrenia I: The Entombment of Christ, for 5 voices, 2 choruses & orchestra: No. 1. Troparion (incipit: Blaniy s dresnyem s dreva prech
2. Utrenia I: The Entombment of Christ, for 5 voices, 2 choruses & orchestra: No. 2. Piesni pochwalne (Songs of Praise)
3. Utrenia I: The Entombment of Christ, for 5 voices, 2 choruses & orchestra: No. 3. Irmos (incipit: Blagosloven yesi Hospodi...)
4. Utrenia I: The Entombment of Christ, for 5 voices, 2 choruses & orchestra: No. 4. Kanon Wielkiej Soboty, Piesn 9 (Canon of Holy Satur
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Disc: 2
1. Polish Requiem, for SATB, chorus & orchestra: Introitus
2. Polish Requiem, for SATB, chorus & orchestra: Kyrie
3. Polish Requiem, for SATB, chorus & orchestra: Dies irae
4. Polish Requiem, for SATB, chorus & orchestra: Tuba mirum
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Disc: 3
1. Polish Requiem, for SATB, chorus & orchestra: Sanctus
2. Polish Requiem, for SATB, chorus & orchestra: Agnus Dei
3. Polish Requiem, for SATB, chorus & orchestra: Lux aeterna
4. Polish Requiem, for SATB, chorus & orchestra: Libera me, Domine
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Disc: 4
1. St. Luke Passion (Passio et Mors Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Lucam), for 3 voices, narrator, choruses & orchestra: Part 1. O
2. St. Luke Passion (Passio et Mors Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Lucam), for 3 voices, narrator, choruses & orchestra: Part 1. Et
3. St. Luke Passion (Passio et Mors Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Lucam), for 3 voices, narrator, choruses & orchestra: Part 1. De
4. St. Luke Passion (Passio et Mors Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Lucam), for 3 voices, narrator, choruses & orchestra: Part 1. Do
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Disc: 5
1. Te Deum, for 4 soloists, 2 choruses & orchestra: [Part 1]
2. Te Deum, for 4 soloists, 2 choruses & orchestra: [Part 2]
3. Te Deum, for 4 soloists, 2 choruses & orchestra: [Part 3]
4. Hymn to St. Daniel, for chorus & winds
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Editorial Reviews

Penderecki is without a doubt one of the most influential and respected composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. This collection contains his most important compositions within the realm of choral music. Though Penderecki drew his inspiration from tradit

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stark and Sensational October 14, 2009
There's not much you can say about Poland's Krzysztof Penderecki that hasn't been said before. One of the towering figures of modern classical music, his profound and complex compositions seem to channel all the angst and suffering of the 20th century, yet their darkness is invariably balanced a sense of hopefulness. This is especially true of his choral compositions. Reason enough to celebrate this Naxos box set featuring a quartet of Penderecki's seminal vocal works for choir and orchestra. Probably the best known is his "Polish Requiem," written in stages over a number of years and dedicated variously to Lech Walesa and Solidarity, a pair of notable Polish religious figures, and the 1944 Warsaw uprising against the Nazi occupation. Written for a large orchestra and mixed chorus, the Requiem, while challenging, is reflective of Penderecki's neo-romantic period, when he began to curb his experimental tendencies in favor of a more accessible musical language. It's a melodically elaborate, at times overpowering work balanced between the emotional tonalities of nightmares and dreams. "St. Luke's Passion" was written between 1963 and 1966, and is much more radical in its use of serial techniques and dense tone clusters, yet the vocal lines clearly communicate the work's religious fervor. "Te Deum" deftly combines eerie and austere vocal passages with angular strings and ominous percussion, which at times evokes a stunning sense of post-apocalyptic despair. Fans of Kubrick's "The Shining" will recognize certain passages from Penderecki's "Utrenja," a brooding two-part work awash in melodic and harmonic atonality and savage choral passages. Also included (consider it a bonus) is the composer's "Polymorphia," one of his most extreme and rewarding orchestral pieces. Read more ›
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