Despite an inescapable reputation for composing avant-garde music, many of his works for solo instrument(s) and orchestra are heavily seasoned with Romantic elements. This is certainly the case for the first two works on this Naxos album: the Concerto Grosso No. 1 for 3 Cellos and Orchestra (composed in 2000) and the Largo for Cello and Orchestra (composed in 2003). The Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra is joined by cellists Ivan Monighetti, Arto Noras, and Rafal Kwiatkowski for the Concerto Grosso.
Antoni Wit is an intelligent conductor who knows Penderecki's music very well. He makes sure that the music flows nicely and avoids some unnecessary theatrical exaggerations. While I find the Threnody interesting (for about 9 minutes), I love Penderecki's 3rd Symphony and I think Wit and the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra (NPRSO) do a great job here.
Antoni Wit (born February 7, 1944 in Kraków) is a Polish conductor. From 2002 to 2013 he had been music director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. He specializes in the works of Polish composers such as Henryk Gorecki, Wojciech Kilar, Krzysztof Meyer, Witold Lutosławski, Karol Szymanowski and Krzysztof Penderecki whose Polish Requiem he recorded in 2004. Wit received a Cannes Classical Award for his album of Olivier Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony; his recording of Bedřich Smetana's Má vlast cycle was also very well received. Wit currently teaches at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw.
Krzysztof Penderecki. Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra. Penderecki: Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; Partita. Antoni Wit. Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra. Janácek: Glagolitic Mass; Sinfonietta. Naxos featured album.
This album has an average beat per minute of 126 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 108/145 BPM). Tracklist Orchestral Works, Volume 2 (National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Antoni Wit). Recent albums by Krzysztof Penderecki.
Album · 2000 · 5 Songs. Penderecki: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 Antoni Wit. Classical. Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, Antoni Wit, Ryszard Minkiewicz & Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. Penderecki: Complete Cello Concertos. Arto Noras, Krzysztof Penderecki & Sinfonia Varsovia. Penderecki: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2. Ida Bieler & Nina Tichman.