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Penderecki: Utrenja [CD]

Krzysztof Penderecki, Antoni Wit Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Wit
  • Composer: Penderecki
  • Audio CD (30 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B001U1L9UI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,101 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Utrenja, Part I, "The Entombment of Christ": I. TroparionPiotr Kusiewicz 6:110.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Utrenja, Part I, "The Entombment of Christ": II. Songs of PraisePiotr Kusiewicz16:38Album Only
Listen  3. Utrenja, Part I, "The Entombment of Christ": III. IrmosPiotr Kusiewicz 6:340.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Utrenja, Part I, "The Entombment of Christ": IV. Canon of the Holy Saturday, Song 9Piotr Kusiewicz 2:100.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Utrenja, Part I, "The Entombment of Christ": V. Irmologion (Stichira)Piotr Kusiewicz 8:41Album Only
Listen  6. Utrenja, Part II, "The Resurrection of Christ": I. The GospelPiotr Kusiewicz 2:230.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Utrenja, Part II, "The Resurrection of Christ": II. StichiraPiotr Kusiewicz 6:390.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Utrenja, Part II, "The Resurrection of Christ": III. Psalm with TroparionPiotr Kusiewicz 8:21Album Only
Listen  9. Utrenja, Part II, "The Resurrection of Christ": IV. Passover Canon, Songs 1 and 3Piotr Kusiewicz 3:430.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Utrenja, Part II, "The Resurrection of Christ": V. Passover Canon, Song 8Piotr Kusiewicz 2:490.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Utrenja, Part II, "The Resurrection of Christ": VI. KontakionPiotr Kusiewicz 2:410.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Utrenja, Part II, "The Resurrection of Christ": VII. IkosPiotr Kusiewicz 1:420.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Utrenja, Part II, "The Resurrection Of Christ": VIII. Passover Canon, FragmentsPiotr Kusiewicz 6:040.69  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Iwona Hossa, soprano - Agnieszka Rehlis, mezzo-soprano - Piotr Kusiewicz, ténor - Piotr Nowacki, basse - Gennady Bezzubenkov, basso profondo - Chœur et Orchestre de Varsovie Warsaw Philharmonic - Antoni Wit, direction

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beautiful Music 29 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
I found this piece of music first in a charity shop, on a Polish record label, and it looked interesting, so I bought it. And wow! This scratchy, noisy record also betrayed some of the most fascinating music I'd ever heard. Penderecki seems to alternate between outrageous modernisms and a more traditional musical language, but in Utrenja, these two 'schools' sit side by side and in perfect harmony. Unlike much music that explores the more adventurous techniques in orchestral texture and dynamics, Penderecki's voice is at once personal, deeply emotional and very satisfying.

A word about Antoni Wit. The amazing thing about this performance, as well as other releases on Naxos by this conductor, is the unusual clarity he achieves. Much modern music conducting is (to my ears) either too clinical and lacks musical flow, or, all too often, is an incomprehensible mess. Mr. Wit may not be quite as exciting as some (witness his Naxos performance of Smetana's Ma Vlast in comparison to Talich, Ancerl, Dorati et al.) but he is able to extract more detail in the scoring and more beauty of tone. This is not to say that there is anything pedestrian or mediocre about these recordings, on the contrary Wit's seemingly loving dedication to these highly detailed scores gives them a intensity, charm and an expanse rarely felt. This is simply a stunning CD - beautifully performed and recorded.

I am hoping that this release will prompt more performances of this towering piece of writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Spectacular! 30 April 2009
By J. Wright - Published on
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If you like thorny and extravagant High Modernism, then you must hear this. I used to love this piece (circa 1970 when it was written), but no recording has been available for decades. Now comes a new recording from modest little Naxos, and it is a stunner - with a huge dynamic range and excellent work from the Warsaw Philharmonic and conductor Wit, who seems to specialize in these enormous choral works.

The chorus sings, shouts, chants, and whispers in sliding atonal clusters of sound, surrounded by great dramatic outbursts from the orchestra (there is a big part for the bass drum and something that sounds like an anvil!). Better yet are the several Basso Profundos who sing demented church-style chants. Interspersed are a number of quieter sections that recall, alternatively, Palestrina, Slavic folk songs, and Orthodox church music. It all builds repeatedly to gargantuan, even frightening, climaxes (your neighbors will hate you). Charles Ives used to boast the he didn't write music for "sissies" - neither did Penderecki.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Liberating sound beyond tradition" 12 May 2009
By Tym S. - Published on
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Krzysztof PENDERECKI, "Utrenja"

"All I'm interested in is liberating sound beyond all tradition," declared the young Penderecki, who in the 60's formally undermined Communist control of Poland by using mostly textures and tones in avant-garde compositions, and flaunting catholic sources under an athiest state. His two-part "Utrenja" is a challenging and emotional evocation of the "Entombment" (I) and "Resurrection" (II) of Christ. This 1971 duo carried deep metaphorical resonance for the generation chafing under the post-'68 crackdown, and propelled Penderecki's international support.

These are mainly choral pieces, led by three male and two female soloists, backed by a ephemeral choir and very percussive orchestra. They use the voice for emotional textures, not as angelic arias, to convey the anguish of the death of Jesus and astonishment at his return. Voices declare, argue, whisper, and lament. They shift between dissonant thickets of babble, chanted recitations, transcendent tones, penitent solos, fragmented murmurs, alarmed clarions, and white noise. It is intense and strangely beautiful. Sharp, bold orchestral rapids direct the flow of vocals like a rocky stream. This is a music of deep drama and complex emotional range, an epic story played out through a sonic landscape. Far from an aloof exercise, it is breathless, eerie, and alive.

Penderecki's use of driving percussion, dissonant or alien choirs, and tense silences made him a natural for edgy film scores; many of his works have been used to classic effect in such films as Friedkin's "The Exorcist", Kubrik's "The Shining", Lynch's "Wild At Heart" and "Inland Empire", and Cuaron's "Children of Men".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another choral masterpiece from Penderecki! 23 Feb 2010
By Eric S. Kim - Published on
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St. Luke Passion was the first classical piece that I have ever heard from composer Penderecki, and about halfway through, I became an admirer. Krzystof Penderecki, a famous 20th-century composer, has created dozens of compositions that belong to the modernist genre. Most of his works rely on bizarre textures and orchestrations, resulting in some hauntingly scary music that you would normally hear in horror films. While not all of his works are strictly avant-garde, he has created some truly stunning pieces nonetheless. Utrenja is a great example of his genius, as it is full of passion and drama. Created from 1970 to 1971, this choral composition about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has been given a very positive response since its premiere, and it's pretty simple seeing why. Unusual orchestral and vocal effects dominate throughout: plucking strings, whispering choir, etc. It's very complex music, but strikingly mesmerizing at the same time. This CD from Naxos shouldn't be too hard to ignore. It has some wonderful performances from the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, as well as from maestro Antoni Wit & the soloists. You can tell that these people have put a lot of effort into this recording just by listening. No lack of emotion, no wrong notes, no mistakes in timing, it's an almost perfect recording. In conclusion, I would call this an ideal desert island CD, and the purchase was well worth it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utrenya by Krzysztof Penderecki is a gem of polysemic possibilities 23 Aug 2011
By Danuta Z. Hutchins - Published on
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In his two partite work "Utrenya" Krzysztof Penderecki surpassed his former compositions, at the same time, returning to his "Trenody to the Victims of Hiroszima". Drawing upon the Old Church Slavonic "dwuglos", or double voice tradition, the composer expanded its possibilities by adding assonance and series of contrapuntal vocal passages; in which the male voices signal their roles in missal ceremonies. The female voices, prominent in the first part of this composition, add tonality and color, as they lead into the issuing conversations between the strings and percussive elements that shock by their adumbrative values. Celebrating Christ's ressurrection, part two unveils many novel approaches to Penderecki's musical language. The fact that this composition, while created at the Western neighbors' request, had been written during a very trying period in Poland's history, (the martial law period and the rise of the "Solidarity" movement) makes it a polysemous creation where several layers of meaning blend to elevate this work to larger secular and religious significance. Penderecki's genius never ceases to excite the connoisseurs of modern music.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you love this piece try to get the earlier versions 9 May 2009
By I. Zopen - Published on
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This is certainly a worthwhile recording of this monumental piece, and I would recommend it; however, serious Penderecki collectors will want to stick with the 1973 Polskie Nagrania recording also by the Warsaw Philharmonic. If you are a particularly fortunate record hunter, you may someday see the 1971 Eugene Ormandy Philadelphia Orchestra recording (only on LP). If you see it, buy it. The only drawback is that it is only of Part I of the piece and not Part II. In my opinion, the Ormandy is the best. Another collectors note: The Polskie Nagrania recording was also once published in the form of a Phillips Box Set (2LP's). That would be the 'holy grail' collector's item.
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