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Preisner: Requiem For My Friend

Release Date: 02/16/1999 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 24146   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Zbigniew Preisner
Performer:  Grzegorz ZychowiczDariusz ParadowskiMariusz KoluchLukasz Syrnicki,   ... 
Conductor:  Roman RewakowiczJacek Kasprzyk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia VarsoviaWarsaw Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

'Requiem for my friend' is sung in Latin, Polish, and Greek.
Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski rose to international fame with a series of color-titled films, "Blue," "White" and "Red," and along with those films came the music of Zbigniew Preisner. The two had planned to collaborate on a theater piece about the cycle of life, but Kieslowski died in 1996 before the project came to fruition. In 'Requiem for my friend' Preisner places the movements of the Requiem Mass in the first section of a two part structure. The second part, apparently relating to the proposed theater piece, is called "Life" and uses a series of Biblical and liturgical texts sung in Greek, Latin and Polish.
Preisner's music is very much in the sphere of Eastern
Read more European minimalism that includes composers such as Henryk Górecki and Arvo Pärt, with slow moving lines, simple textures and melodies and a neo-medieval feeling. This recording featuring the Sinfonia Varsovia was recorded in Warsaw Cathedral, which provides a deep, reverberent acoustic. Read less

Works on This Recording

Requiem for my friend: Requiem by Zbigniew Preisner
Performer:  Grzegorz Zychowicz (Bass), Dariusz Paradowski (Countertenor), Mariusz Koluch (Tenor),
Lukasz Syrnicki (Viola), Jan Pilch (Percussion), Arkadiusz Kubica (Violin),
Boguslaw Pstras (Double Bass), Elzbieta Towarnicka (Soprano), Piotr Janosik (Cello),
Jan Szypowski (Organ), Piotr Lykowski (Countertenor), Piotr Kusiewicz (Tenor),
Marek Mos (Violin)
Conductor:  Roman Rewakowicz
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996-1997 
Date of Recording: 12/1997 
Length: 31 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Recorded in Warsaw Cathedral and Emaus Church, Cracow, Poland. 
Requiem for my friend: Life by Zbigniew Preisner
Performer:  Elzbieta Towarnicka (Soprano), Dorota Slezak (Voice), Jacek Ostaszewski (Recorder),
Piotr Lykowski (Countertenor), Leszek Mozdzer (Piano), Jerzy Glowczewski (Alto Saxophone)
Conductor:  Jacek Kasprzyk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia,  Warsaw Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996-1997 
Date of Recording: 1997-98 
Length: 37 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Recorded in Studio S2/S4, Polish Radio, Warsaw, and Emaus Church, Cracow, Poland. 

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