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Krzysztof Penderecki

Composers

Biography

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
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  • 1.
    The  Very Best Of Krzysztof Penderecki
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 853 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Performer:  Patrycja Piekutowska,  Beata Bilinska,  Dimitri Ashkenazy,  David Aguilar  ... 
    Conductor:  Wojciech Czepiel,  Krzysztof Penderecki,  Jan Lukaszewski
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    Penderecki: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 897 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki
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    Penderecki: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 899 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki
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    Penderecki: Symphony No. 3
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 898 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki
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    Penderecki: Symphony No. 7
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 900 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Performer:  Izabella Klosinska,  Iwona Hossa,  Rafal Bartminski,  Wojciech Adalbert Gierlach
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki
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    Penderecki: Symphony No. 8
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 901 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Performer:  Thomas E. Bauer,  Iwona Hossa
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki
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  • 7.
    Essential 20th Century Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 234372 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Aram Khachaturian,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Cécile Ousset,  Peter Donohoe,  Stomu Yamashta  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Simon Rattle,  Yuri Temirkanov,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
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    Penderecki: Threnody For The Victims Of Hiroshima; Greenwood: Popcorn Superhet Receiver
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 530223 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki,  Jonny Greenwood
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki,  Marek Mos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  AUKSO Chamber Orchestra
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    Penderecki: Symphony No 1, Anaklasis, Threnody, Fonogrammi, Emanations, Partita, Capriccio
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6784242 Release Date: 02/07/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Performer:  Wanda Wilkomirska,  Felicja Blumental,  Siegfried Palm,  Alfons Kontarsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki
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    Penderecki: Symphony No. 4
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 822 Release Date: 05/24/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Frank Zappa's Classical Selection
    Label: Chrome Dreams (Usa)   Catalog: 5049 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Igor Stravinsky,  Anton Webern,  Gustav Holst  ... 
    Performer:  Ilse Hollweg
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch,  Igor Stravinsky,  Gustav Holst,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gate 5 Ensemble of the World
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  • 12.
    Penderecki: Horn Concerto, Violin Concerto / Kabara, Vlatkovic, Sinfonietta Cracovia
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 30310 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Performer:  Radovan Vlatkovic,  Robert Kabara
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonietta Cracovia
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  • 13.
    Penderecki Directs Penderecki
    Label: Wergo   Catalog: 62702 Release Date: 08/03/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki
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  • 14.
    Penderecki Conducts Penderecki
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4608 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Performer:  Mariusz Pedzialek,  Tabea Zimmermann
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonietta Cracovia
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  • 15.
    100 Best 20th Century Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64249 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  György Ligeti,  John Adams,  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall,  Ralph Kirshbaum,  Tasmin Little,  Simon Haram  ... 
    Conductor:  None,  Simon Rattle,  Leonard Slatkin,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artemis String Quartet,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Penderecki: Music For Chamber Orchestra / Mayer, Hauda, Et Al
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 678 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Performer:  Albrecht Mayer,  Artur Paciorkiewicz,  Jerzy Klocek,  Artur Haufa
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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  • 17.
    20th-century Masterpieces - 100 Years Of Classical Music
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 17500 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy,  Frederick Delius,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Christa Ludwig,  Martha Argerich,  Sarah Chang  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Otto Klemperer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
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  • 18.
    Gemini - Penderecki: Symphony No 2, Etc / Polish Radio So, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 17669 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Performer:  Jadwiga Gadulanka,  Wieslaw Ochman,  Ewa Podles,  Andrzej Hiolski
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cracow Philharmonic Boys' Choir,  Cracow Polish Radio/TV Chorus,  Polish National Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Penderecki: Symphony No 7 / Stolarczyk, Mularczyk, Lipert, Lenart, Et Al
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 546 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Performer:  Pawel Fundment,  Marta Olga Mularczyk,  Leszek Solarski,  Jerzy Trela  ... 
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Krakow Academy of Music Symphonic Orchestra,  Krakow Academy of Music Symphonic Chorus
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  • 20.
    Rostropovich Plays Cello Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 447036 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Marcel Landowski,  Rodion Shchedrin,  Renaud Gagneux,  Alun Hoddinott  ... 
    Performer:  Galina Vishnevskaya,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Hugh Seenan,  Layton James  ... 
    Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Seiji Ozawa,  Kent Nagano,  Cristobal Halffter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Penderecki: Cello Concerto No 2, Partita / Rostropovich
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 75321 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Elzbieta Stefanska-Lukowicz
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Penderecki: Capriccio For Violin & Orchestra, Etc
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 582 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Performer:  Beata Bilinska,  Patrycja Piekutowska
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
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  • 23.
    Gemini - Penderecki: Cello Concerto, Etc / Penderecki, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 81508 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Performer:  Wanda Wilkomirska,  Felicja Blumental,  Siegfried Palm
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Cracow Philharmonic Chorus
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  • 24.
    Penderecki: Concertos, Agnus Dei / Ashkenazy, Aguilar, Et Al
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 559 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Performer:  Dimitri Ashkenazy,  David Aguilar
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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  • 25.
    Polish Fantasy - Paderewski, Penderecki / Blumental, Et Al
    Label: Brana Records   Catalog: 28 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski,  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Performer:  Felicja Blumental
    Conductor:  Helmuth Froschauer,  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Innsbruck Symphony Orchestra
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