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Penderecki - St Luke Passion

Composer Krzysztof Penderecki
Performer Sławomir Holland
Kraków Philharmonic Chorus
Lucas Meachem
Matthew Rose
Warsaw Boys Choir
Sarah Wegener
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Kent Nagano, conductor
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2287 SACD
EAN 7318599922874
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Jun 2020
Total time 66'21



Penderecki & Nagano in conversation, 2018 Salzburg Festival
Krzysztof Penderecki's setting of the Passion story as told in the Gospel of St Luke was premièred in 1966 and immediately established a place for itself among the most important large-scale choral works of the twentieth century. Despite its decidedly modernist idiom, the music’s emotional power, glowing colours and sonic impact spoke to audiences as well as critics, one of whom described St Luke's Passion as ‘the most important bridge between the spirit of the liturgy and modern music.’ Strongly influenced by the Passions of J. S. Bach, Penderecki pays homage to the great composer by using the B-A-C-H motif throughout the work, and like Bach he has arranged his Passion in two parts, with monumental choral numbers framing the whole. The score is for large forces including an extended orchestra, three mixed choirs, plus a boys’ choir, speaker and three vocal soloists (soprano, baritone and bass). On 20th July 2018 these all convened at the Felsenreitschule in Salzburg: l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal with their principal conductor Kent Nagano, the Warsaw Boys’ Choir and Kraków Philharmonic Choir, the three soloists and the actor Sławomir Holland. The occasion was the opening concert of the Salzburg Festival, and in the audience was the composer himself, Krzysztof Penderecki. Present was also a recording team led by Robert Suff, senior producer at BIS, and this disc is the document of this very special occasion.
 
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  Krzysztof Penderecki
  St. Luke Passion - Part I 31'10
01 Hymn - O Crux ave, spes unica 4'46
02 Christ on the Mount of Olives - Et egressus ibat 1'30
03 Aria - Deus meus 3'11
04 Aria - Domine, quis habitabit 3'04
05 The Taking of Jesus - Adhuc eo loquente 2'34
06 Lamentation - Ierusalem, lerusalem 1'09
07 Psalm a cappella - Ut quid, Domine 1'02
08 Peter’s Denial - Comprehendentes autem 2'03
09 Aria - Iudica me, Deus 0'52
10 The Mocking before the High Priest - Et viri, qui tenebant illum 2'06
11 Lamentation - Ierusalem, lerusalem 0'54
12 Psalm a cappella - Miserere mei, Deus 3'22
13 Christ before Pilate - Et surgens omnis 4'37
 
  Part II 35'29
14 The Way of the Cross - Et in pulverem mortis 0'40
15 The Way of the Cross [continued] 0'12
16 Passacaglia - Popule meus 7'12
17 The Crucifixion - Ibi crucifixerunt eum 1'23
18 Aria - Crux fidelis 4'19
19 Iesus autem dicebat 0'54
20 Psalm a cappella - In pulverem mortis 4'49
21 The Mocking of Christ on the Cross - Et stabat populus 1'28
22 Christ between the Thieves - Unus autem de his 1'42
23 There stood by the Cross - Stabant autem iuxta crucem 1'01
24 Stabat Mater 5'47
25 The Death of Christ - Erat autem fere hora sexta 1'28
26 Alla breve 1'00
27 Finale (Psalm) - In pulverem mortis… In Te, Domine, speravi 3'34
 
  Album total 66'21
ComposerPenderecki, Krzysztof
ChoirKraków Philharmonic Chorus
Warsaw Boys Choir
OrchestraOrchestre symphonique de Montréal
ConductorNagano, Kent
BaritoneMeachem, Lucas
SopranoWegener, Sarah
SpeakerHolland, Sławomir
Bass (peter)Rose, Matthew

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