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Convulsive Energy

Choral and vocal
music by Penderecki -
recommended by
GERALD FENECH

'... the momentum of Penderecki's creations is marvelously executed.'

Penderecki: Magnificat; Kadisz. © 2015 Naxos Rights US Inc

Krzysztof Penderecki is undoubtedly Poland's greatest living composer, and at eighty-two he is revered as the grand old man of twentieth century Polish music. Throughout his long career Penderecki experienced the ravages of the Second World War (although still a young boy at the time), and for nearly forty-five years his artistic genius was very often an impassioned outburst of his inner suffering inflicted by the harsh realities of Communism. Whatever the circumstances, the composer's musical language can be divided into two main segments: the late 1960s and almost the whole of the 70s when Penderecki's music was heavily oriented towards the avant-garde, and the period thereafter when his style thawed and he reverted back to the neo-classical, although this was a gradual process that took years to mature...

Copyright © 2 August 2015 Gerald Fenech,
Gzira, Malta

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PENDERECKI: MAGNIFICAT; KADISZ

ANTONI WIT

WARSAW

POLAND

CHORAL MUSIC

VOCAL MUSIC

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

NAXOS

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