KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI (b.1933): Symphony No. 8 "Lieder der Vergänglichkeit" for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra (Michaela Kaune [soprano], Agnieszka Rehlis [mezzo], Wojtek Drabowicz [baritone]), Dies irae for Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Bass-Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra (Anna Lubanska [mezzo], Ryszard Minkiewicz [tenor], Jaroslaw Brek [bass-baritone]), Aus den Psalmen Davids for Chorus and Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 02J010
Description: Think of Penderecki's new (2005) symphony as a post-Romantic Das Lied von der Erde. In twelve parts, setting ten German poems (Goethe, Hesse, Eichendorff, Rilke and others), this is a song-cycle commenting on human and natural change, from burgeoning life to death's decay. Written in his completely approachable late style, this will appeal to a broad spectrum of contemporary music collectors. Its couplings are the 1967 Dies irae, commissioned for the Monument to the Victims of Fascism at Auschwitz and in the younger Penderecki's finest howlingly expressionist avant-garde style; and the early, quite tonal 1958 setting of several Psalm fragments which predates his mature avant-garde period. Texts available on-line. Warsaw National Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra; Antoni Wit.