Krzysztof Penderecki, Tapiola Chamber Choir, Juha K - Sacred Choral Works

Monday 11th November 2002
Krzysztof Penderecki, Tapiola Chamber Choir, Juha K - Sacred Choral Works

STYLE: Choral
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 6752-
LABEL: Apex 8573884332
FORMAT: CD Album

Reviewed by Steven Whitehead

One does not need to listen to many bars of the opening "Stabat Mater" before recognising that we are in Eastern Europe, with a deep bass drone from the a cappella choir. But this is not quite the Orthodox chant that admirers of John Taverner enjoy. This has a colder, Northern feel to it (think of Penderecki's fellow-Pole, Henryk Gorecki or the Latvian Arvo Part). As a budget re-issue of a 1993 recording this is a very useful introduction to a deeply spiritual composer. Those who appreciate the works of Gorecki, Part or Taverner should investigate Penderecki.

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