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PENDERECKI, K.: Symphony No. 8 (first version 2005) / Dies irae / Aus den Psalmen Davids (Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit)

Composer(s):Penderecki, Krzysztof
Artist(s)
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredChoral - Secular
Catalogue 8.570450
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
CD
USD 9.99
 

 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Penderecki's Eighth Symphony, which here receives its world première recording, is a setting of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century German poems entitled Lieder der Vergänglichkeit (Songs of Transience). Mankind's journey though life, as reflected in the decay and rebirth of the natural world, underlies its twelve movements. Scored for not dissimilar forces, the oratorio Dies irae is a very different proposition, commissioned to mark the unveiling of the International Monument to the Victims of Fascism at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Composed in 1958 and given its première at Kraków in September the following year, Aus den Psalmen Davids was one of the works that marked Penderecki's arrival

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Review By Robert R. Reilly,InsideCatholic.com,July 2008

This symphony is a setting of 19th and early 20th century German poems by Goethe, Rilke, and others, titled Songs of Transience. The settings are beautifully done, some of them quite haunting, which is not a surprise considering the subject matter. What is surprising is that most of this work would not have been out of place in the late 19thor early 20th century. Compare it to the hair-raising Dies irae from 1958, also on this disc, from Penderecki's avant-garde phase, and you will see how long a journey this composer has traveled.



Review By Dr. sc. Eberhard Kneipel,Ostthüringer Zeitung,February 2008

1967 bescheinigte Hans Werner Henze seinem polnischen Kollegen Krzysztof Penderecki, er habe „in letzter Zeit Musik komponiert, in der die Gewalt der geistigen und emotionellen Materie eine Einfachheit und Wesentlichkeit gezeugt hat, die weit über den Begriff ´Moderne Musik´ hinausträgt“. Gemeint war auch dessen gerade entstandenes „Dies irae“. Wie sehr dieses Urteil noch heute Bestand hat, zeigt die neue Platte von NAXOS. Das Label bringt uns in Bezug auf Penderecki auf den aktuellen Stand und zeigt dabei Spitzenleistungen in Wiedergabe und Klang. Doch von diesen neu eingespielten Werken hinterlässt  das Oratorium „zum Gedächtnis der in Auschwitz Ermordeten“ nach wie vor den stärksten Eindruck.

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Review By David Denton, Naxos,January 2008

If in your mind Penderecki’s name still conjures up a composer embroiled in musical radicalism, I beg of you to hear this deeply moving symphony. As we have progressed through his orchestral cycle from Naxos, I have chronicled Penderecki’s conversion from the darling of the avant garde movement to the point where he has restored a link with traditional tonal music. His Eighth Symphony from 2005 has almost completed that journey, the bridge back to the era surrounding Hindemith has been crossed, and I hope Penderecki will now show us the way forward from here. The symphony is created as a vocal setting of twelve late 19th and early 20th century German poems. It chronicles mankind’s passage through life, the music calling for soprano, mezzo and baritone soloists with

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