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The range of Penderecki's music is exemplified by this disc, which presents five works written over a period of nearly 40 years. Hymne an den heiligen Adalbert
was composed in 1997 and evokes the martyred eighth-century Bishop of Prague through spare but fervent gestures. More austere, but intense in its focus, is Song of the Cherubim
, whilst Canticum Canticorum Salomis
is a richly sensuous exploration of the Song of Songs
explores a complex sound tapestry. Strophen
(1959) was a breakthrough work - spare, intricate and marvellously tensile.
These are among Penderecki's most interesting and important works for orchestral and vocal forces, written over a near four decade period of growth and renewal. Wit and his forces have been highly commended in this repertoire and are among Penderecki's most ardent and experienced interpreters.
In 2002 Antoni Wit
became managing and artistic director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
. He has received six GRAMMY® nominations for Penderecki's St Luke Passion
in 2004 (8.557149), A Polish Requiem
in 2005 (8.557386-87), Seven Gates of Jerusalem
in 2007 (8.557766), Utrenja
in 2009 (8.572031) and Karol Szymanowski's Stabat Mater
in 2008 (8.570724) and Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4
in 2009 (8.570722).