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Requiem Father Kolbe

Wojciech Kilar , Kazimierz Kord , Antoni Wit , National Philharmonic Orchestra of Polan , Katowice Polish Radio and Television Orchestra Audio CD
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listen  2. Choralvorspiel19:06Album Only
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listen  4. Koscielec 190919:01Album Only
listen  5. Krzesany15:51Album Only

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra of Polan, Katowice Polish Radio and Television Orchestra
  • Conductor: Kazimierz Kord, Antoni Wit
  • Composer: Wojciech Kilar
  • Audio CD (July 1, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jade Records
  • ASIN: B00009WVQS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,980 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Requiem Father Kolbe
Choralvorspiel - Orawa - Koscielec 1909 - Krzesany
Music composed by Wojciech Kilar

National Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland
Conducted by Kazimierz Kord

01. Requiem Father Kolbe

Katowice Polish Radio and Television Orchestra
Conducted by Antoni Wit

02. Choralvorspiel
03. Orawa
04. Koscielec 1909
05. Krzesany

Total running time: 77 minutes, 10 seconds.
1995 & ©2003 Editions Jade

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review: Requiem Father Kolbe by Kilar April 5, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Father Maximilian Maria Kolbe was born Rajmund Kolbe on 8 January, 1894, Those who know his story cannot help but understand how the way he lived his life continues to have a significant effect on Christians of all denominations and non-denominations.

Father Kolbe lived a life of service. He operated a radio station, and hid refugees and Jews from the Nazi regime. His ultimate gift, perhaps his true purpose in life, came during this time--not only for the saving of a life but also for the witness of his life given for the whole world.
Father Maximilian Kolbe, named the "Saint of Auschwitz" voluntarily substituted himself for another man, part of a group of ten, chosen to die by starvation as an example following the escape of a fellow prisoner. Locked in a cell with the other men, he continued to uplift his fellow prisoners, and after many weeks with no food or water he was murdered by lethal injection.

You may find it interesting to know that as I listened to the work I thought it sounded like a film score. It turns out that this is exactly what it is. Written for the film " A Life for a Life," the Requiem is beautiful for its stark and dark character as well as for the creative use of Polish folksongs and orchestrated effects. Kilar's imaginative orchestration of scales left me wondering a few times, "How did he do that?" At one point there is a shout, just as you might hear while dancing a polka.

Kilar is a classically oriented Polish composer who has also written film scores.

I did not find fault at all with the sections that were dark, severe and stark because it is within the nature of the theme. One motive sounded like an off-toned "Beautiful Savior" to me. The close of the requiem was joyous and triumphant, cacophonous in nature and very exciting. I feel that Kilar has created an excellent composition musically and thematically for the subject presented.
I recommend this CD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the Best . August 3, 2010
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It is in my ears , among the three best requiem I have ever heard in my life .
The composer is a Master .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation October 28, 2009
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Father Kolbe Requiem was my introduction to Kilar's music. I was shocked
the first time i listened to it. So i have been exploring more and more
music from this composer and i could put him as the only polish composer
at the same Penderecki`s level. This CD is a jewel and my first and best recommendation to have a first approach to Kilar's world.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Composer January 29, 2006
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Wojciech Kilar is one of my favorite composers, his music is beautiful. My favorite song on this cd is "Orawa", it starts off really well, with the violins and so forth, a well composed song. The rest of the songs on the cd are beautiful, Wojciech Kilar is a great composer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars haunting July 21, 2012
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I confess that I had no idea who Father Kolbe was. After hearing this CD, I immediately researched his life. This music is truly heartbreaking and as was the story of Father Kolbe. I cry everytime I hear it now.
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