Thursday, July 5, 2012Concert of Krzysztof Penderecki, Jonny Greenwood Music at Poland's Open'er Festival to Stream Live on YouTube
The Nonesuch album featuring works by composer Krzysztof Penderecki and those they inspired by composer/guitarist Jonny Greenwood itself stemmed from a concert in Poland last fall that presented the composers' works side by side. Tonight, the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra, which performed in the original concert and on the album, performs the works at the Open'er Festival in Gdynia, Poland. The concert will be streaming live at 8 PM CEST (2 PM EDT) at youtube.com/opener.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012Dr. John, Sara Watkins, Amadou & Mariam, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jonny Greenwood, Jeremy Denk on NPR Listeners List of Year's Best
Last week, the staff at NPR Music announced their 25 Favorite Albums of 2012 (So Far), including Dr. John's Locked Down and Jeremy Denk's Ligeti/Beethoven. NPR listeners have now weighed in. Their list of the year's best albums (so far) includes those two albums and adds Amadou & Mariam's Folila, Sara Watkins' Sun Midnight Sun, and the new album of works by Krzysztof Penderecki and Jonny Greenwood. Says NPR: "The poll results reconfirmed that we've got another great year of music on our hands."
Thursday, May 31, 2012Krzysztof Penderecki, Jonny Greenwood Album "Stereophile" Album of the Month; Spoleto Festival to Feature Greenwood's Work
The new album pairing works by Krzysztof Penderecki with those they inspired by Jonny Greenwood has been named June's Recording of the Month by Stereophile. It's "a fulfilling, call and response between student and teacher where the younger composer tries to push forward the ideas that the older man began," says Stereophile. The album's sound quality is "superb throughout: detailed, spacious and breathtakingly transparent." Greenwood's work will be performed at the Spoleto Festival this weekend; the album's repertoire can be heard at Poland's Open'er Festival in July.
Thursday, March 22, 2012Krzysztof Penderecki, Jonny Greenwood Album to Be Performed Live in Concert at London's Barbican Hall
The new album featuring works by Krzysztof Penderecki and those they inspired by Jonny Greenwood itself stemmed from a concert in Poland last fall that paired the composers' works. Tonight, the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra, which performed in the original concert and on the album, will perform the album's music at London's Barbican Hall. "Penderecki's Threnody still has the power to shock," says The Observer, "while Greenwood's Popcorn Superhet Receiver is already a modern classic." Consequence of Sound gives the new album four stars, calling it "one of the most ambitious albums of the year so far"; Greenwood's pieces "fit exquisitely next to the old master’s."
Tuesday, March 13, 2012Krzysztof Penderecki, Jonny Greenwood Collaboration Out Now; "Carries a Powerful Impact," Says MusicOMH
The new album featuring works by Krzysztof Penderecki paired with those they inspired by Jonny Greenwood is out now. MusicOMH says: "The four pieces here make an album that carries a powerful impact, as well as recognising the obvious talents of both composers in writing for the string orchestra." The music will be performed at London's Barbican Hall on March 22 by the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra, the artists on the recording, with Penderecki conducting his pieces and Marek Moś conducting Greenwood's, as on the album.
Friday, March 9, 2012Jonny Greenwood Featured in New York Times Magazine, Tracing His Composing Roots to Penderecki and Radiohead
The new album pairing works by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki with the works they inspired by Jonny Greenwood is due out next week. Greenwood is the subject of an extensive feature article in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine that traces the roots of his compositions to his appreciation for Penderecki's music, through his own film scores and to the ever-evolving sounds of Radiohead. "Greenwood cites an early-’90s concert of Penderecki’s music as a conversion experience," says the Times; "he’s obsessed with Penderecki the way a lot of people are obsessed with Radiohead."Journal Topics: Artist News
Monday, March 5, 2012Krzysztof Penderecki, Jonny Greenwood Album Streaming As NPR First Listen: "Artistic Visionaries Connected in a Real Dialogue"
The new album pairing works by Krzysztof Penderecki and the works they inspired by Jonny Greenwood is due out next week and is streaming in full all this week as an NPR First Listen. "The results are ear-tingling," says NPR's Anastasia Tsioulcas. "What we hear on this album is a meeting of two artistic visionaries connected in a real dialogue, the decades separating their work and their chronological ages all but collapsed and deflated."
Wednesday, February 29, 2012Krzysztof Penderecki, Jonny Greenwood Album Featured on NPR's "All Songs Considered"; Composers Talk to The Guardian
The new album pairing works by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki and the works they inspired by composer/guitarist Jonny Greenwood, due out on March 13, is featured on NPR's All Songs Considered. Producer Robin Hilton exclaims of Greenwood's 48 Responses to Polymporphia: "You hear that, and I think: everything created by a synthesizer is just so irrelevant and boring now. You hear something that real and organic and knowing that it could be performed live with these string instruments, I mean, that's amazing to me." The Guardian's Tom Service spoke with both composers about the project and says of that piece: "48 Responses isn't just a good piece for a composer who is more used to the studio, it is a dazzlingly imaginative, gripping and novel work, full stop."
Friday, January 20, 2012
Nonesuch Records releases an album of works by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki and composer/Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood on March 13, 2012. The album is now available to pre-order in the Nonesuch Store. The music on the album—Penderecki's Threnody for the victims of Hiroshima and Polymorphia (for 48 strings) and Greenwood's Popcorn Superhet Receiver and 48 Responses to Polymorphia—was presented in two concerts in Wrocław last fall and will be performed at London's Barbican Hall on March 22, featuring the artists on the recording.