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St Luke Passion
Belief and Beyond Belief: Death
Krzysztof Penderecki St Luke Passion
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Omar Ebrahim narrator
Elizabeth Atherton soprano
Dietrich Henschel baritone
Tomasz Konieczny bass-baritone
Polish Radio Choir
Camerata Silesia The Katowice City Singers' Ensemble
Warsaw Boys Choir at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Contemporary classical music isn’t supposed to feel like this. When Penderecki’s St Luke Passion was premiered in 1966, it left avant-garde critics lost for words. And it left audiences reeling with emotion and disbelief: that new music could speak with such feeling, such directness and such shattering power. ‘I have lived through very difficult times’, says Penderecki, and as the music fights, shouts and laments its way towards redemption, Penderecki’s massive choral retelling of the last days of Christ takes its place as one of the 20th century’s enduring masterpieces. Under Vladimir Jurowski, it’ll make a monumental centrepiece to our festival, Belief and Beyond Belief.
Please note there will be no interval during this performance.
Organised in collaboration with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music programme.
This performance is dedicated to the memory of Stanisław Skrowaczewski 1923–2017.