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Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima / Popcorn Superhet Receiver / Polymorphia / 48 Responses to Polymorphia

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  • The BBC Proms 2019 season includes Jonny Greenwood, who leads a late-night concert, Prom 70, at Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday, September 10. He has curated a program of pieces by Biber and Krzysztof Penderecki, Steve Reich's Pulse, and Greenwood's own works, including the world premiere of his new piece, Horror vacui. Greenwood will perform with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The concert will be broadcast on BBC Four on Friday, September 13. General booking begins on May 11.

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  • About This Album

    Nonesuch Records releases an album of works by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki and composer/Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood on March 13, 2012. The artists’ work was presented side-by-side in two concerts in September 2011, highlighting Penderecki’s influence on younger composers, at the European Congress of Culture in Wrocław. In its report on the Congress, which celebrated Poland’s presidency of the European Union, London’s Independent called Penderecki “Poland’s godfather of the musical avant-garde” and Greenwood “the doyen of English art-pop,” describing their concert as “rapturously received.” The composers went to Kraków’s Alvernia Studios immediately after the performances to oversee the recording of the same music, along with one other piece by Greenwood.

    The Wrocław concert included two works by Penderecki dating from the early 1960s: Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima and Polymorphia (for 48 strings), the latter of which inspired the Greenwood piece on the program, 48 Responses to Polymorphia; all three are on the Nonesuch record. An additional piece by Greenwood, Popcorn Superhet Receiver, which was inspired by Penderecki’s Threnody, also was recorded for the album. (Greenwood incorporated material from Popcorn Superhet Receiver in his award-winning score for the 2008 film There Will Be Blood, which was also released on Nonesuch.)

    For both the concerts and the recording, the pieces were performed by the AUKSO ensemble, which comprises graduates of Poland’s Katowice Academy of Music. Penderecki conducted the ensemble in his works and AUKSO’s artistic director—the violinist, chamber musician, and conductor Marek Moś—led the group for Greenwood’s pieces. The record was produced by Filip Berkowicz—artistic director of the Sacrum Profanum, Misteria Paschalia, and Opera Rara festivals and curator of the Penderecki concerts in Wrocław—and made in association with the National Audiovisual Institute of Poland.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    AUKSO Orchestra
    Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor (tracks 1, 6)
    Marek Moś, conductor (tracks 2-5, 7-15)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Filip Berkowicz, Michał Merczyński
    Associate Producer: Barbara Orzechowska
    Recorded, Edited, Mixed and Mastered September/December 2011 at Alvernia Studios, Krakow, Poland
    Engineers: Ewa Guziołek-Tubelewicz, Piotr Witkowski
    Studio Coordinator: Leszek Iwaniuk
    Consultant Engineer: Graeme Stewart
    Recorded in association with the National Audiovisual Institute of Poland as part of the European Culture Congress that took place in Wrocław, Poland in September 2011

    Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima and Polymorphia written by Krzysztof Penderecki; Popcorn Superhet Receiver and 48 Responses to Polymorphia written by Jonny Greenwood

    Artwork by Shin Katan
    Design by Dustin Stanton

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Artist Name: 
Krzysztof Penderecki
Jonny Greenwood
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Release Date: 
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 04:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Works by Krzysztof Penderecki—"Poland's godfather of the musical avant-garde" (Independent)—are paired with the works they inspired by composer/guitarist Jonny Greenwood: Penderecki's Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima and Polymorphia (for 48 strings), which inspired Greenwood's Popcorn Superhet Receiver and 48 Responses to Polymorphia, respectively. "The results are ear-tingling," says NPR. "What we hear on this album is a meeting of two artistic visionaries connected in a real dialogue."

Description: 

Nonesuch Records releases an album of works by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki and composer/Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood on March 13, 2012. The artists’ work was presented side-by-side in two concerts in September 2011, highlighting Penderecki’s influence on younger composers, at the European Congress of Culture in Wrocław. In its report on the Congress, which celebrated Poland’s presidency of the European Union, London’s Independent called Penderecki “Poland’s godfather of the musical avant-garde” and Greenwood “the doyen of English art-pop,” describing their concert as “rapturously received.” The composers went to Kraków’s Alvernia Studios immediately after the performances to oversee the recording of the same music, along with one other piece by Greenwood.

The Wrocław concert included two works by Penderecki dating from the early 1960s: Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima and Polymorphia (for 48 strings), the latter of which inspired the Greenwood piece on the program, 48 Responses to Polymorphia; all three are on the Nonesuch record. An additional piece by Greenwood, Popcorn Superhet Receiver, which was inspired by Penderecki’s Threnody, also was recorded for the album. (Greenwood incorporated material from Popcorn Superhet Receiver in his award-winning score for the 2008 film There Will Be Blood, which was also released on Nonesuch.)

For both the concerts and the recording, the pieces were performed by the AUKSO ensemble, which comprises graduates of Poland’s Katowice Academy of Music. Penderecki conducted the ensemble in his works and AUKSO’s artistic director—the violinist, chamber musician, and conductor Marek Moś—led the group for Greenwood’s pieces. The record was produced by Filip Berkowicz—artistic director of the Sacrum Profanum, Misteria Paschalia, and Opera Rara festivals and curator of the Penderecki concerts in Wrocław—and made in association with the National Audiovisual Institute of Poland.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Filip Berkowicz, Michał Merczyński
Associate Producer: Barbara Orzechowska
Recorded, Edited, Mixed and Mastered September/December 2011 at Alvernia Studios, Krakow, Poland
Engineers: Ewa Guziołek-Tubelewicz, Piotr Witkowski
Studio Coordinator: Leszek Iwaniuk
Consultant Engineer: Graeme Stewart
Recorded in association with the National Audiovisual Institute of Poland as part of the European Culture Congress that took place in Wrocław, Poland in September 2011

Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima and Polymorphia written by Krzysztof Penderecki; Popcorn Superhet Receiver and 48 Responses to Polymorphia written by Jonny Greenwood

Artwork by Shin Katan
Design by Dustin Stanton

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

530223

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597962512BUN
Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597961812
Price: 
12.00
Label: 
FLAC
UPC: 
075597950786
Price: 
13.00
MusicianDetails: 

MUSICIANS
AUKSO Orchestra
Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor (tracks 1, 6)
Marek Moś, conductor (tracks 2-5, 7-15)

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