Krzysztof Penderecki


Born: November 23, 1933; Poland   Period: 20th Century
One of the best known, most listened to, and most popular composers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Krzysztof Penderecki has undergone a marked evolution in compositional style. After achieving fame with such astringent, often anguished, scores as his Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima (1960) and Passion According to St. Luke (1965), both of which stretched tonal language, Penderecki followed a personal imperative in Read more moving toward more tonal music. As early as 1980, his Symphony No. 2 embraced pre-serialist notions of melody and harmony. This fertile exploration of traditional language has continued to yield rewarding works into the new millennium. Penderecki was given violin and piano lessons as a child. He studied art and literary history and philosophy at the local university while also attending the Kraków Conservatory. He privately studied composition before he entered the Kraków State Academy of Music in 1954. In 1959, three of his compositions, each submitted under pseudonyms, won first prizes in a competition sponsored by the Polish Composer's Union. Fame rapidly followed. Both his Threnody and St. Luke Passion received worldwide performances in numbers rare for contemporary works, especially those written with such demanding techniques: glissandi, tonal clusters, unpitched sounds, spoken interjections, aleatoric effects, and shouting. Commissions came in quick succession, a corollary career as a lecturer developed, and in 1972, Penderecki began to conduct his own works. The first of Penderecki's stage works, The Devils of Loudon, became a European sensation in 1969 with numerous performances and considerable discussion. A second opera, one of epic scale, was commissioned by the Chicago Lyric Opera. Paradise Lost (after Milton) was mounted in 1976 in an immensely expensive production seen in Chicago and Italy. Die schwarze Maske was premiered in 1986, followed in 1991 by the comic work Ubu Rex. Penderecki is among the most honored composers ever. He holds honorary memberships in many of the world's most prestigious conservatories, awards from numerous competitions, several honorary doctorates, and has been recognized with national orders from such nations as Germany, Austria, and his native Poland. Since his conducting debut, he has been a respected podium figure, leading both his own works and a variety of music by other composers representing several centuries. The North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg engaged him as principal guest conductor. Though not extraordinarily prolific, Penderecki has amassed a sizeable catalog of orchestral works, chamber music, concertos, and choral works. Read less
Penderecki: Magnificat; Kadisz
Release Date: 05/12/2015   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572697   Number of Discs: 1
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Penderecki: Viola Concerto; Cello Concerto / Zhislin, Vassiljeva
Release Date: 09/27/2011   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572211   Number of Discs: 1
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Krzysztof Penderecki

I. Andante -
II. Andante -
III. Allegro con brio
I. Allegro molto sostenuto - Largo - Allegro molto - Allegro moderato - Allegro con brio - Adagio - Molto piu mosso - Allegro con brio
II. Allegro moderato molto - Adagio - Allegro moderato molto - Andante molto pesante - Agitato molto - Adagio - Piu animato - Adagio - Allegretto capriccioso - Adagio - Grave - Andante con moto
III. Allegro sostenuto molto - Molto largamente e capriccioso - Allegro agitato - Allegro molto - Andante maestoso - Molto tranquillo
IV. Allegro molto - Andante maestoso - Allegro molto sostenuto (Tempo dell'inizio) - Meno mosso
V. Adagio - Piu animato - Piu mosso - Poco meno mosso - Allegro con brio - Piu mosso
Lento -
Vivace -
Meno mosso -
Vivo -
Tempo I (Lento) -
Vivo -
Lento (Tempo I)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1976): Andante
Tempo I
Tempo di marcia
Più mosso
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Allegretto
3. Molto
4. Vivace
5. Scherzando
6. Andante con moto
Andante sostenuto -
Allegro con brio -
Allegretto giocoso -
Meno mosso. Notturno. Adagio -
Allegro con brio -
Adagio -
in unum Deum
Qui propter nos homines
Et incarnatus est
Crucem tuam adoramus Domine
Et resurrexit tertia die
Et in Spiritum Sanctum
Confiteor unum baptisma
Et vitam venturi saeculi
I. Lamentatio
II. Apocalypsis
III. Apotheosis
Var. I Tempo I
Var. II Allegro giocoso alla polacca
Var. III Adagio, ma non troppo
Var. IV Tempo I
Var. V Allegro con brio
Var. VI Tempo I
Var. VII Allegretto
Var. VIII Adagio tanquillo
Var. IX Tempo I - più mosso - poco pesante - Tempo I
Adagio molto sostenuto -
Andante con moto -
Adagio -
Magnificat (2001 Digital Remaster): Passacaglia-Magnificat
Magnificat (2001 Digital Remaster): Sicut Locutus Est - Gloria
Kanon (2001 Digital Remaster)
I. Allegro
II. Andante cantabile
III. Allegro ma non troppo
Movement 1
Movement 2
Movement 3
No. 1. Aria
No. 2. Menuetto I
No. 3. Menuetto II
Introitus -
Kyrie -
Dies irae -
Tuba mirum -
Mors stupebit -
Quid sum miser -
Rex tremendae -
Recordare, Jesu pie -
Ingemisco tanquam reus -
I. Psalm 27
II. Psalm 30
III. Psalm 43
IV. Psalm 143
I. Notturno: Adagio
II. Scherzo: Vivacissimo
III. Serenade: Tempo di Valse
IV. Abschied: Larghetto
I. Allegro
II. Andante molto
III. Andante
I. Passacaglia
II. Larghetto
Allegro moderato
I. Allegro molto
II. Vivace
I. Notturno: Adagio
II. Scherzo: Vivacissimo
III. Serenade: Tempo di valse
IV. Abschied: Larghetto
I. Allegro molto
II. Vivace
I. -
II. -
Symphony No. 1 (1995 Digital Remaster): I. Arche - Dynamis I
Symphony No. 1 (1995 Digital Remaster): II. Dynamis II - Arche II
I. Moderato
II. Allegretto
III. Lento
IV. Tempo I
V. Allegretto
Andante con noto
Allegro con brio
Passacaglia - Allegro moderato
I. Adagio
II. Piu animato
III. Tempo I
IV. Allegro
V. Tempo II
I. Magnus Dominus et laudabilis nimis
II. Si oblitus fuero tui, Jerusalem
III. De profundis
IV. Si oblitus fuero tui, Jerusalem
V. Lauda Jerusalem
VI. Facta es super me manus Domini
VII. Haec dicit Dominus
I. Allegro molto - Andante - Allegro molto - Allegretto - Allegro molto - Andante - Vivo
II. Vivace

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