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PENDERECKI, K.: Viola Concerto / Cello Concerto No. 2 (Zhislin, Vassiljeva, Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit)

Composer(s):Penderecki, Krzysztof
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.572211
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Penderecki’s concertos are amongst the most communicative, emotionally charged, and important works of the second half of the twentieth century. The Second Cello Concerto was written for Rostropovich and its exploration of Romantic intensity reflected a change in Penderecki’s musical language. Its rich harmonies and dramatic power ensure unflagging interest. Opening with an expressive soliloquy for the soloist, the brooding and complex Viola Concerto incorporates a broad range of techniques from the composer’s maturity into a taut and compact time-span. Grigori Zhislin has long been associated with this work, whilst Antoni Wit is one of the composer’s greatest champions, whose ‘authoritative insight’ (American Record



Review By SteveHoltje,Culture Catch,January 2012

Culture Catch Best of 2011: #16

Naxos’s Penderecki series is Wit’s finest legacy so far: Poland’s best living conductor at the service of its top living composer. Cellist Vassiljeva and especially violist Zhislin also excel here. © 2012 Culture Catch See complete list

Review By Classica,November 2011


Review By Customer/Personal Review,October 2011

When I come into contact with a recording of a Penderecki piece I’m not familiar with, I usually stand in awe and put it to one side before I get to give it a listen. This is because I still think of his work as being somewhat inaccessible and difficult. In this case I have lingered even longer because I had it in the back of my mind that if I didn’t make a decent fist of reviewing this CD, I’d probably give up reviewing as a bad job for good [if you see what I mean!]


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