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Gorczycki, Vol. 2 / Andrzej Kosendiak, Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble


Release Date: 03/10/2015 
Label:  Cd Accord   Catalog #: 211   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczyck
Conductor:  Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wroclaw Baroque EnsembleWroclaw Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Packaging alert: When I first looked at the cover of this CD, my casual glance at its distinctive script convinced me that I was looking at a program of music by Gorecki, as in Henryk Górecki, the 20th-century composer of Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) fame. What a surprise to discover that this was a disc–the second by this group, it turns out–celebrating the music of Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki (c. 1665-1734), a Polish composer of a very different generation who happened to possess a very able hand at writing clever and capably crafted choral pieces in the styles and liturgically appropriate forms demanded by his sponsors at Wawel Cathedral in 18th-century Kraków.

Not only is there nothing
Read more innovative in Gorczycki’s music, neither is there anything remotely modern for its time, yet these works are invariably attractive and engaging, from the most basic “equal voice” polyphony of the Missa Rorate motets to the more grand conceptions for orchestra and chorus embodied in works such as In virtute tua and Litaniae De Providentia Divina. Conductor Andrzej Kosendiak and his Polish vocal and instrumental forces give this music not only solid performances, but credibility and pertinence, never pausing to question this music’s odd residence in the shadowy area between Monteverdi and Bach. This is music that we should know–and indeed, it turns out that The Sixteen has just issued a recording of Gorczycki’s music, including some of the works on this release–so the word is getting out. This is an excellent place to tune in.

-- David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Missa Rorate II by Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczyck
Conductor:  Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble
2.
Litaniae de providentia divina, for chorus by Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczyck
Conductor:  Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
3.
In Virtute Tua for 4 voices, 2 violins & organ by Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczyck
Conductor:  Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
4.
Conductus funebris, for chorus by Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczyck
Conductor:  Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra,  Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
5.
Crudelis herodes by Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczyck
Conductor:  Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra
6.
Tristes erant apostoli by Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczyck
Conductor:  Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra
7.
Missa Paschalis by Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczyck
Conductor:  Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra
8.
Iesu corona virginum by Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczyck
Conductor:  Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra
9.
Deus tuorum militum by Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczyck
Conductor:  Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra

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