Krzysztof Penderecki, Warsaw Boys Choir, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, Warsaw Philh - Credo

Published Saturday 9th October 2010
Krzysztof Penderecki, Warsaw Boys Choir, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, Warsaw Philh - Credo
Krzysztof Penderecki, Warsaw Boys Choir, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, Warsaw Philh - Credo

STYLE: Choral
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Naxos 8572032

Reviewed by Steven Whitehead

"I believe that what I believe is what makes me what I am; I did not make it, no, it is making me - it's the very truth of God and not the invention of any man." Thus sang the late Rich Mullins in his song "Creed" which, musically speaking, is about as different as it is possible to be to the CD under consideration here, Krzysztof Penderecki's 'Credo'. And yet both composers would, I am sure, agree on the importance of knowing what we believe and why and would also endorse the use of written creeds - statements of belief - to help clarify our thoughts. For Penderecki, who was born in 1933, remaining a faithful Roman Catholic throughout the Communist era was a real challenge but here we are today, celebrating his achievements and remembering that although Poland was once a Communist country it is one no more. Richard Whitehouse's helpful booklet notes give far more background for those who wish to know more. For the rest of you, the music on this disc is arguably Penderecki at his best. He certainly writes for an imposing array of musicians, featuring (deep breath) five vocal soloists, two choirs and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the ever reliable Antoni Wit. If you like the musical world of Penderecki we can guarantee that you will enjoy this CD and if you have not yet taken the plunge, this is one of his more accessible works and the Naxos price guarantees value for money.

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