Krzysztof Penderecki and Henryk Wojnarowski honored with the most prestigious phonographic award in the Best Choral Performance category
Penderecki conducts Penderecki vol. 1 CD recording of Krzysztof Penderecki's choral music performed by Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra recieved the Grammy Award during the ceremony in Los Angeles on 12th February 2017.
My art, with its deep Christian roots, aims to restore the human metaphysical space, shattered by 20th-century cataclysms. Restoring the sacred dimension of reality is the only way in which man can be saved. - Krzysztof Penderecki
This album contains a selection of Poland’s greatest living composer’s vocal-instrumental works on religious subjects, representing different artistic responses to the challenge expressed above. The selection also provides proof of the special importance that the composer attaches to what he considers as “the most difficult of instruments”– namely, the human voice.
Penderecki shot to notoriety in the musical avant-garde in 1960 with the haunting string music of his Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima. He remains a doyen of contemporary music alongside Arvo Pärt and the late Henryk Mikoaj Górecki. Here, the 82-year-old composer conducts his own music with national orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic. He also gives the triumphant premiere of a powerful new sacred work, Dies Illa, for soloists (Johanna Rusanen, Agnieszka Rehlis and Nikolay Didenko), choir and orchestra, composed to mark the centenary of WWI in 2014.
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra
Krzysztof Penderecki – conductor
Henryk Wojnarowski – choir director
Johanna Rusanen – soprano
Agnieszka Rehlis – mezzo-soprano
Nikolay Didenko – bass
The recording was produced, edited and mastered by Andrzej Sasin and Aleksandra Nagórko (CD Accord).