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PENDERECKI, K.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4 (Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit)

Composer(s):Penderecki, Krzysztof
Artist(s) Wit, Antoni, Conductor • Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.554492
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Darkly fragrant symphonies
Review By NH100270,December 2013

Two persuasive symphonies by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki vividly performed. Both are one-movement affairs which surge and swell in a style that might be defined as muscular, concrete, nocturnal and brooding. There is drama here, though it feels tightly managed and precise: at times I could almost hear the music "thinking" as it passed on by. Shadowy dreams and perhaps tortured/sinister ambition are conjured as these symphonies progress. It isn't at all surprising that they have been used to great effect in horrorized cinematic situations (esp. by Kubrick and Scorsese).

This is sublimely stark music that tempts the listener into its darkly fragrant glamour and virtue. It works, and its signature is distinctive.

Review By A. Zimmerlin, Neue Zuercher Zeitung,March 2002

"Mit dem unreflektierten Wechselspiel zwischen Solo und Tutti ist das Werk ebenso im 19. Jahrhundert verhaftet wie mit seiner Aussage. Da herrschen Nachdruck und ein uebersteigerter Mitteilungsdrang vor, und Penderecki befriedigt gleichermassen die Hoerbeduerfnisse eines philharmonischen Publikums wie die gemaessigter Modernisten. Was auch fuer die Sinfonie Nr. 2 ('Weihnachtssinfonie') und die etwas komplexere Sinfonie Nr. 4 gilt, welche Pendereckis Landsmann Antoni Wit mit dem National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra von Katowice exemplarisch aufgenommen hat. Feierlich wird an die grosse sinfonische Tradition von Beethoven, Bruckner, Mahler und Schostakowitsch angeschlossen."


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