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Penderecki: Emanations / Partita / Cello Concerto / Symphony 1

Krzysztof Penderecki , Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra , London Symphony Orchestra , Siegfried Palm , Felicia Blumental Audio CD
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  • Performer: Siegfried Palm, Felicia Blumental
  • Orchestra: Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Composer: Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Audio CD (July 11, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Matrix
  • ASIN: B00000DOE5
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,387 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable disc; urgently recommended May 6, 2009
This is a stunning disc. Penderecki's early avant-garde works are presumably the place to start if you want to get skeptics interested - indeed, one characteristic feature of the music on this disc is that in addition to the uncompromised artistic content, there is also surface excitement; figures, tensions and dynamics that will appeal to even those not used to concentrated listening to this kind of music. And this places Penderecki in a quite special position among the vanguards of the 60s avant-garde. It should be added that the music has lost none of the urgency, intensity, originality or power, even though the shock effect of the new might be gone - these works are, as opposed to many works of the period (or any period) works that has withstood the test of time, and they must, I think, sound as absorbingly, penetratingly raw and extraordinary now as I imagine they did back then.

Emanationen is scored for two string orchestras where one is tuned a minor second higher than the other - which might sound like a cheap effect, but damn how effectively it is deployed. The employment of the flurrying and flittering of the glissandi makes this instantly recognizable to such ominously enchanting effect that you have never heard anything quite similar. Even more effective is the remarkable combination of ostinati and roaring sound-field textures in the Partita, a truly stunning work. The Cello concerto (no. 1) is more complex, but full of action and dynamism and madly suprising turns, full of exotic colors and sound effects; this is imaginative, adventuresome, bizarre, dizzying, contemplative and unpredictable music, never letting go of you, the listener, for a second. The (first) symphony is a massive, grantic work constructed in one big structural arch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Penderecki: The Iconoclast Incarnate December 5, 2010
By Dmitri
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This is a great CD for anyone who wants to get a taste of Penderecki from his early years as an iconoclastic composer. This is one of the few CDs that I have found to have the short, but important work Emanations on it. The Partita even has an electric guitar in it. The Cello Concerto No.1 which I thought was a relatively adventureous work is perhaps the tamest piece on the CD. The symphony No.1 has all kinds of strange sounds at the beginning. You wonder if that could be considered even music, but it is. Don't get me wrong I am a big fan of Penderecki. I recommend this CD wholeheartly to anyone who only knows the St. Matthew Passion or the Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima. Or you could have this easily as your first Penderecki CD. The music is played with conviction and I believe dedication. If you like contemporary music this might just be average or even mildly spicy. If you are for the most part a neo-classical enthusiasist you might be in for a little bit of a shock.

Penderecki himself is the conductor in these works. He is one of the rare breed of composers that also can intepret his own works better than anyone else. Five stars for the content and execution on this CD.
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