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Jerusalem has special significance for Penderecki, who first visited it in 1974, following the 'Yom Kippur' war. He was commissioned then to write a work for the third millennium celebration of the city of David. He composed the oratorio Seven Gates of Je

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listen  1. Symphony No. 7, "7 Gates of Jerusalem": I. Magnus Dominus et laudabilis nimisOlga Pasichnyk11:19Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 7, "7 Gates of Jerusalem": II. Si oblitus fuero tui, JerusalemOlga Pasichnyk 2:43$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphony No. 7, "7 Gates of Jerusalem": III. De profundisOlga Pasichnyk 6:56$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphony No. 7, "7 Gates of Jerusalem": IV. Si oblitus fuero tui, JerusalemOlga Pasichnyk 5:23$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Symphony No. 7, "7 Gates of Jerusalem": V. Lauda JerusalemOlga Pasichnyk17:12Album Only
listen  6. Symphony No. 7, "7 Gates of Jerusalem": VI. Facta es super me manus DominiOlga Pasichnyk 5:34$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Symphony No. 7, "7 Gates of Jerusalem": VII. Haec dicit DominusOlga Pasichnyk11:36Album Only

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  • Performer: Olga Pasichnyk, Aga Mikolaj, Ewa Marciniec, Wieslaw Ochman, Romuald Tesarowicz, et al.
  • Orchestra: Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Composer: Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Audio CD (October 31, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000I2IUTS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,518 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The Polish composer Krzystof Penderecki (b. 1933) initially gained fame as a composer of avant garde, atonal, and difficult music. In common with many other composers, such as the American George Rochberg, his style changed over the years from modernism to a more traditional, late romantic style. A devout Catholic, Penderecki has composed many works with religious themes.

Penderecki's Symphony no. 7, "Seven Gates of Jerusalem" is a large-scale romantic composition of immediate appeal. It is a powerful religious work of over an hour's duration scored for orchestra, five singers, a narrator, and chorus. It is beautifully rendered on this budget-priced Naxos CD by the Warsaw National Phiharmonic Orchestra conducted by Antoni Wit. Wit is in the process of recording Penderecki's symphonies and orchestral compositions for Naxos.

Penderecki composed this symphony in 1996 to celebrate the third millenium of Jerusalem and it was premiered in that city in 1997. Initially conceived as an oratorio, Penderecki subsequently decided to call the work a symphony. Chorus and soloists predominate from beginning to end. The work is in seven movements, each of which sets texts from the Psalms and Prophets that describe Jerusalem. The movement is in turns broad and powerful and quiet and intimate with large orchestral and choral passages alternating with passages for the soloists and for small ensembles. The movements likewise differ widely in scope with three lengthy movements, the first, fifth and seventh, interspersed with four shorter and generally quieter movements. Many of the themes of the work and the repetition of notes make use of the number 7 -- for the gates of Jerusalem (an eighth gate is said to wait until the time of the Messiah).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By essmac on May 22, 2013
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I can't add to the comments here already, I just wanted to add another 5-star review in hopes that more positive reviews will lead to more people experiencing this excellent performance of an amazing, criminally unknown work.
Leave all preconceived ideas about Penderecki, this is not the scary music you might have heard on The Shining soundtrack (wonderful as that is), nor is it the wrenching Threnody that is almost too emotionally painful to bear.
In the Symphony 7, Penderecki achieves accessibility without selling out. It's still challenging, but not bloodlessly academic-- it has real emotional power, consistently holds the attention, merits multiple hearings from both intellectual and purely visceral levels.
This is surely one of those pieces you hear and think, "Why have I not heard this before? Why isn't this performed all the time?" The performers probably would tell you that the difficulty level has a lot to do with it-- top shelf musicianship and extremely disciplined focus is required of all. Wit and his forces are outstanding, orchestra, soloists, chorus down to the last person. Home run for all involved.
I probably will be obsessed with this for a while, and won't stop until I own all of Wit's recordings of Penderecki on Naxos. Once again, we owe Naxos our thanks for bringing us affordable recordings of ignored works.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 16, 2008
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I will not go on writing about the obvious,
but I'll say this: This works matches the
greatness of some of the monumental pieces
of the 20th Century. I consider it up there
with Shostakovich's symphonies, and with
some of the great choral works of all times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Miller on September 18, 2014
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As moving as it is relevant. Penderecki at his best. (How could he not be, after being selected--think about it--to write the featured music at the 3000th anniversary (yes, the three THOUSANDTH anniversary) of the founding of Jerusalem.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 22, 2008
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Penderecki has very quickly become my favorite composer. The first work I heard of his was his "Symphony No. 3". This symphony, though having a little bit a different texture, still holds the dark quality in sound that is so characteristic of Penderecki. What adds to the dark sound is the added choral part. This piece also has a text to be sung by a choir.

This CD has made it into my Top 10!
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