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PENDERECKI, K.: Concerto Grosso No. 1 for 3 Cellos / Largo / Sonata for Cello and Orchestra (Monighetti, Noras, Kwiatkowski, Wit)

Composer(s):Penderecki, Krzysztof
Artist(s)
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.570509
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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Best known for his choral and symphonic works, Krzysztof Penderecki has also written many fascinating concertante pieces. His Concerto Grosso No. 1 makes full use of the potential for interplay between three solo cellos and orchestra. The Largo for Cello and Orchestra, actually a fully-fledged concerto, was composed for Mstislav Rostropovich. These works contrast with the virtuoso Sonata for Cello and Orchestra, an ironic, even playful piece unconventionally scored for a large orchestra which includes two bongos, three wood blocks, whip, claves, guiro and tam-tam.


   




Review By Robert R. Reilly,InsideCatholic.com,May 2009

If you love the cello, Naxos’s new release of Krzysztof Penderecki’s works for cellos and orchestra will enrich your summer. His Concerto Grosso No. 1 from 2000 is full of doleful, gorgeous sounds from three cellos. It is wonderfully rich and phantasmagoric in places. It closes with a meltingly lovely adagio. The Largo for Cello and Orchestra from 2003 also features a drop-dead beautiful, keening lament. Penderecki is still working at the top of his neo-Romantic vein.



Review By Scherzo,March 2009


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Review By David Denton, Naxos,October 2008

New works from Penderecki find him passionately embracing tonality that is newly dressed to meet the mood of the 21st century. Having established a reputation as one of the radical composers in the late 1950s, his scores quickly secured a place among avant-garde modernists. He then surprised the musical world by his return to a populist style of composing that has become increasingly listener-friendly. The First Concerto Grosso for Three Cellos and Orchestra was completed in 2000, its five interlocking movements returning to the original concept of that title. Using a large orchestra that is often broken down into small chamber groups, the three cellos are seen as both soloists and members of the orchestral texture. Using animated tempos, the second and third

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