Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Krzysztof Penderecki - Threnody etc (1994 compi of 1970s recordings)

Feels like the ideal week for a nice back-to-basics Pendercki primer, at his most vital and extreme in these self-conducted 70s recordings for EMI of his breakthrough 60s work.  I've certainly been going back to Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima more than once since Monday (with and without David Lynch's magisterial adaptation), and reading up about the remarkable, ear-shredding piece that Penderecki originally wrote as an experiment in sonoristic writing for strings.  Apparently it was only on hearing an early performance that Penderecki "was struck by the emotional charge of the work... I searched for associations and, in the end, I decided to dedicate it to the Hiroshima victims".

All the other most recognisable pieces from this period are gathered here too, including Kubrick favourites The Awakening of Jacob, De Natura Sonoris I & II (and I've previously posted Utrenja in its entirety).  Perhaps inevitable that such striking, forceful and unique music would end up being used in film and TV again and again.

mega / zippy

6 comments:

  1. This chap should be a household name by now.

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  2. He is in my house

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  3. Absolutely should!

    I remember seeing a classical CD section in HMV ages ago that had compilations called "Baby Needs Bach" and "Baby Needs Mozart". Bollocks to that, I thought, where's Baby Needs Pendercki/Xenakis/Crumb? Dad Demands Dumitrescu?

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  4. Fantastic to see this & Janelle on here in the space of a week. Got the latter but not this. Thank you!

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  5. Excellent! Thank you so much. Your blog is much appreciated!

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  6. Another inspired choice. Well played.

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