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PENDERECKI, K.: Piano Concerto, "Resurrections" (Uhlig, Polish Radio Symphony, Borowicz)

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2013

Originally recorded in 2013


Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw


Lukasz Borowicz


Florian Uhlig



Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall, Warsaw, Poland


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Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 37:48
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PENDERECKI, K.: Piano Concerto, "Resurrections" (Uhlig, Polish Radio Symphony, Borowicz)

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Piano Concerto, "Resurrection" (revised 2007 version)

1 I. Allegro molto sostenuto - Largo - Allegro molto - Allegro moderato - Allegro con brio - Adagio - Molto piu mosso - Allegro con brio 10:08
2 II. Allegro moderato molto - Adagio - Allegro moderato molto - Andante molto pesante - Agitato molto - Adagio - Piu animato - Adagio - Allegretto capriccioso - Adagio - Grave - Andante con moto 12:27
3 III. Allegro sostenuto molto - Molto largamente e capriccioso - Allegro agitato - Allegro molto - Andante maestoso - Molto tranquillo 5:34
4 IV. Allegro molto - Andante maestoso - Allegro molto sostenuto (Tempo dell'inizio) - Meno mosso 4:10
5 V. Adagio - Piu animato - Piu mosso - Poco meno mosso - Allegro con brio - Piu mosso 5:29
 Florian Uhlig Soloist
 Lukasz Borowicz Conductor

Only recently has Krzysztof Penderecki turned to the piano as a solo instrument. The first sketches for this concerto were made in 2001 and had a lighter character, similar to his Capriccio for Violin and Orchestra. Since the work was scheduled to be premiered in New York following the attack on the World Trade Center, Penderecki decided to present a much more serious work. The work is conceived in a broad formal layout reminiscent of a Mahler symphony transformed into a piano concerto. The work’s title "Resurrection" was also conceived as a response to the events of September 11th, 2001. But this is not a resurrection in the religious sense; rather the title refers to the universal human desire for a fresh start, for a new birth. To underscore this idea, the composer employs a pealing of bells at the work’s climax. In 2007, Penderecki’s score underwent a major revision and it is this even longer version that is performed on this recording.

Florian Uhlig has often played the concerto both under the direction of Penderecki himself as well as with other conductors throughout the world. This recording is particularly close to his heart.

"...Highly recommended."

James A Altena - Fanfare - January/February 2014

"...Florian Uhlig’s performance is suitably larger than life. You’d love to hear this concerto at a Prom. The recording quality is spectacular, and Lukasz Borowicz’s Polish Radio Symphony sound fully-engaged. A fascinating curio."

Graham Rickson - - 1 February 2014

                      Performance ***      Recording ****

John Allison - BBC Music magazine - Christmas 2013

"... The performance itself has all the necessary gusto and flamboyance ..."

Arnold Whittall - Gramophone magazine - October 2013

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