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ARTIST
TITLE
Complete Choral Works
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
DUX 694CD DUX 694CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
6/29/2009

Performed by Polish Chamber Choir Schola Cantorum Gedanensis/Jan Lukaszewski. "Looking at Krzysztof Penderecki's choral output, one cannot help noticing that in comparison with other, highly diverse forms of his artistic utterance, it constitutes the most homogenous whole. While it is possible to point to various stylistic references that inspired many strands of his musical itinerary, his works for a cappella choir, spanning as they do almost five decades, appear to be very coherent in terms of their expressive features and also stylistically homogeneous. The reasons for this state of affairs may be found both in the sound matter itself and the specific sound possibilities of an ensemble of human voices, to which Penderecki deliberately assigned an idiomatic value, and in the 'external' inclinations of his choral compositions which are something far more than an ideological inspiration. The organic homogeneity of these works stems first and foremost from Penderecki's mature compositional craft which is manifested not only in the masterful command of many stylistic practices from previous periods (evident also in his pieces in other genres) but above all in the expressively perfect synthesis of numerous musical styles and trends. All of Penderecki's a cappella choral compositions on this CD go a long way to show that reconciling broadly-understood traditions with openness to contemporary avant-garde trends is possible and can bring aesthetically impressive results."