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20th Century Classics: Penderecki [CD]

Krzysztof Penderecki Audio CD
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Penderecki occupies an important position in the music of his native Poland and has also established an international reputation. His earlier, more experimental, musical language was later subtly modified by his return to earlier traditions as a source of inspiration.

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  • Audio CD (9 Jan 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B006660TH6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,843 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Anaklasis for Strings & PercussionLondon Symphony Orchestra/Krzysztof Penderecki 6:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima (1959 - 61) (1994 Remastered Version)Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Krzysztof Penderecki10:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Fonogrammi (1994 Remastered Version)Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Krzysztof Penderecki 6:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. De Natura Sonoris No. 1 (1994 Remastered Version)Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Krzysztof Penderecki 7:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Capriccio for Violin and Orchestra (1967) (1994 Remastered Version)Wanda Wilkomirska/Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Krzysztof Penderecki11:45Album Only
Listen  6. Canticum Canticorum Salomonis (1970) (1994 Remastered Version)Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Krzysztof Penderecki/Krakow Philharmonic Chorus16:54Album Only
Listen  7. De Natura Sonoris No. 2 (1994 Remastered Version)Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Krzysztof Penderecki 9:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Dream of Jacob (1994 Remastered Version)Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Krzysztof Penderecki 7:31£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Emanations for Two String Orchestras (1995 Remastered Version)Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Krzysztof Penderecki 6:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Partita for Harpsichord and Chamber Orchestra (1973 Remastered Version)Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Krzysztof Penderecki/Felicja Blumental19:22Album Only
Listen  3. Cello Concerto No. 1 (1973 Remastered Version)Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Krzysztof Penderecki/Siegfried Palm14:53Album Only
Listen  4. Symphony No. 1 (1995 Remastered Version): I. Arche - Dynamis IKrzysztof Penderecki/London Symphony Orchestra19:51Album Only
Listen  5. Symphony No. 1 (1995 Remastered Version): II. Dynamis II - Arche IIKrzysztof Penderecki/London Symphony Orchestra11:31Album Only
Listen  6. Drei Miniaturen für Klarinette und Klavier: I. AllegroSabine Meyer/Alfons Kontarsky0:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Drei Miniaturen für Klarinette und Klavier: II. Andante cantabileSabine Meyer/Alfons Kontarsky 1:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Drei Miniaturen für Klarinette und Klavier: III. Allegro ma non troppoSabine Meyer/Alfons Kontarsky 1:16£0.99  Buy MP3 

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5.0 out of 5 stars Take A Chance 27 Nov 2013
By Thrence
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This is a perfect introduction to 20th Century atonal music. At times harsh, at others playful, but always thoughtfully and brilliantly composed. Great performances too. Buy this along with one of the resonably priced Ligeti box sets for a lesson in making the un-listenalble not only listenable, but essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Staring into the abyss 7 Feb 2012
By Autonomeus - Published on
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This 2012 release in EMI's 20th Century Classics series is the latest packaging for a fantastic two-disc set of Penderecki's avant-garde music of the 1960s (1959-1974). The 2007 Gemini set included seven pieces and 76 minutes on Disc One, and four pieces, including the first Symphony, and 72 minutes on Disc Two. The current release is almost exactly the same, adding only the "Three Miniatures for clarinet and piano" (3'47) on Disc Two. All the music is conducted by the composer, and performed by the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra, except the first Symphony, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. The original EMI recordings are from 1972, 1973 and 1975. (It was available even further back as Orchestral Works, Vol. 1, released in 2001.) So if you already have it, take note!

Penderecki blazed to fame shortly after graduating from the Krakow Academy of Music in 1958. He won awards in Poland with his compositions, and the "Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima" won the UNESCO Prize in 1960. Other than "Hiroshima," I have found no political references regarding Penderecki's early music, but I can't help concluding from its tone that the composer was deeply affected by social and political events. This music is unremittingly dissonant and anguished, and it seems to be concentrating the sense of dread of living under the threat of all-out nuclear war which was especially intense before the SALT agreements of the 1970s. Some might consider these works to be dated, a symptom of the post-war avant-garde run amok, but I find them to continue to exert a baleful power, and as the new millennial world has certainly not given any cause for calm repose or complacency, they are arguably as relevant as ever.

Of particular note is the "Symphony." In two movements, the first 19'51" and the second 11'23", it is an astonishing journey through sonorities and textures never before heard from an orchestra. But far from being a display of odd effects for their own sake, it tells a powerful story of wayfaring through a strange, dark land. It is one of the most powerful works of the late 20th century, and should not be missed by anyone interested in modern and contemporary music.

Following the period represented here, Penderecki either retrenched or grew out of his avant phase, take your pick. Perhaps his most well-known work, the ST. LUKE PASSION for chorus and orchestra, is from the late 1960s, and so uses radical musical language to express the Catholic vision that would increasingly dominate Penderecki's music from the 1970s on, with more conventional, tonal means. It seems to me that he was on the edge, staring into the abyss, while writing his 1960s music. Then he, and the world, stepped back and kept going.

In other words, I believe that he was a reluctant radical, unlike others of the avant-garde who persisted (and persist) with a radical vision, aesthetic, social, political, and/or spiritual, impervious to world events. I know there are those who think that either Penderecki's radical phase must have been insincere, or the more traditional music he has written since is insincere, but this music has the utmost integrity, and I believe that the same is true of the composer. (See my review of Anne-Sophie Mutter's recording of his Violin Concerto No. 2, METAMORPHOSES.)

In the past I have been very critical of EMI's cover art, much of which has been horrible, but I have to say that the covers on the 20th Century Classics series have been great, including this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, if not necessarily friendly music 1 Jun 2014
By Terrence A. - Published on
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I'm not overly familiar with Penderecki's music in its totality but I can tell you that what's collected here isn't the kind of stuff I'd play if I were going for a light mood. In fact, a lot of it would be perfect accompaniment to terrifying imagery or situations. Things like a closet door opening unbearably slowly or some dark, amorphous shape standing up in the shadows right behind you.

And that's not a bad thing.

I was surprised by how much of his music I was already familiar with. The Dream of Jacob was used to great effect in Kubrick's "The Shining" and there's a repeating note that plays throughout that I'm absolutely convinced was lifted by James Horner for his work on the score for "Aliens". Threnody was also used in Friedkin's "The Exorcist". Regardless of where this music was used, it's all top-notch, the work of a master who specializes in the use of dissonant chords and notes that get under your skin and crawl there like burrowing insects. I can't recommend this collection enough. It was a blind buy for me and I wound up loving it far beyond what I expected.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Basic Penderecki Collection 28 April 2014
By NRL - Published on
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Krystof Penderecki was a Polish composer known for his dramatic and unusual sound spectrum. He is best known for his "Threnodyj for the Victims of Hiroshima," a moving lament for the atom-bombing of that city that turns the sound of diving planes into a strangely moving lament. Supposedly, Penderecki recycled an earlier work by simply giving it a new and more effective title. Nonetheless, it works.This EMI two-disc set is a good overview of Penderecki's music, most of it conducted by the composer, and will interest someone who knows his work or wants to sample it for the first time.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Famous Works 29 May 2013
By brotagonist - Published on
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Since 1994, I have had to make do with Krzysztof Penderecki: Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima; Canticum Canticorum Salomonis; De Natura Sonoris Nos 1&2, which is the first of these two disks. The second disk in this set is the other of the two I once had on LP. Together, they collect Penderecki's most famous works, among the most important pieces of the latter half of the Twentieth Century. At under $10, there is no reason not to get it.
5.0 out of 5 stars can't stop listening to this crazy Kryzstof Penderecki cd! 15 Mar 2013
By Endre Tarczy - Published on
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I saw this while browsing thru some 20th century composer compilation sets and it focused on Penderecki's early first period which was what I wanted to get. I have a vinyl album also on the Emi label that I love and this had everything that's on it and more so it was a no brainer. The writing is very cutting edge stuff to me..texture wise and harmonically. It sounds like punk rock but with violins being scraped instead of guitars. There is some very intense vocal writing/singing that has a very tortured stark humanity sound. Very unique, bold inspired music. This compilation came out last year and is a double cd with a very reasonable price. Highly recommended.
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