Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020)

Full Albums

Psalmen Davids, Anaklasis, Etc. - 1965 - Wergo 60020

Various Tracks
  1. Krzysztof Penderecki - Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima (1961) (9:04)
  2. Krzysztof Penderecki - Quartetto per archi (6:36)
  3. Krzysztof Penderecki – Psalmus 5:05
  4. Krzysztof Penderecki - Ecloga VIII (8:17)

Track 1 from Contemporary Polish Music (1961)
Track 2 from Lutosławski, Penderecki & Mayuzumi (1967)
Track 3 from Electronic Panorama: Paris, Tokyo, Utrecht, Warszawa (1970)
Track 4 from Holliger, Schnebel, Penderecki, Cerha - Neue Chormusik II - 1974

Don Cherry / Krzysztof Penderecki ‎– Actions (1971)
  1. Humus - The Life Exploring Force
  2. Sita Rama Encores
  3. Actions For Free Jazz Orchestra


Acoustic Guitar – Terje Rypdal
Bass – Buschi Niebergall
Bass, Electric Bass – Peter Warren
Conductor – Krzysztof Penderecki
Drums, Temple Block [Chinese Woodblocks], Tabla, Kalimba, Percussion, Performer [Plastic Hose, Horse Jaw Etc.] – Han Bennink
Flute, Bass Clarinet – Gunter Hampel
Orchestra – The New Eternal Rhythm Orchestra
Organ, Electric Piano – Fred Van Hove
Tambura – Mocqui Cherry (tracks: 1)
Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone – Peter Brötzmann
Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet – Willem Breuker
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Gerd Dudek
Trombone – Albert Mangelsdorff, Paul Rutherford (2)
Trumpet [Pocket], Flute [Chinese Shaun, South American Maya Bird], Vocals – Don Cherry (tracks: 1)
Trumpet, Cornet – Kenny Wheeler, Manfred Schoof, Tomasz Stańko
Vocals – Loes MacGillycutty (tracks: 1)


Recorded live at the Donaueschingen Music Festival on October 17, 1971.
p 1997 Wergo (previously on vinyl SM 1010) / p 2001 Intuition
24-bit digitally remastered at SAE Studios 301, Cologne
Originally released in 1971.

Krzysztof Penderecki

Krzysztof Eugeniusz Penderecki (Polish: [ˈkʂɨʂtɔf ɛuˈɡɛɲuʂ pɛndɛˈrɛt͡skʲi]; born 23 November 1933) is a Polish composer and conductor. According to The Guardian, Penderecki has been called Poland's greatest living composer.[1] Among his best known works are his Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, St. Luke Passion, Polish Requiem, four operas, eight symphonies and other orchestral pieces, a variety of instrumental concertos, choral settings of mainly religious texts, as well as chamber and instrumental works.

Born in Dębica to a lawyer, Penderecki studied music at Jagiellonian University and the Academy of Music in Kraków. After graduating from the Academy of Music, Penderecki became a teacher at the academy and he began his career as a composer in 1959 during the Warsaw Autumn festival. His Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima for string orchestra and the choral work St. Luke Passion, have received popular acclaim. His first opera, The Devils of Loudun, was not immediately successful. Beginning in the mid-1970s, Penderecki's composing style changed, with his first violin concerto focusing on the semitone and the tritone. His choral work Polish Requiem was written in the 1980s, with Penderecki expanding it in 1993 and 2005.

During his life, Penderecki has won several prestigious awards, including the Commander's Cross in 1964, the Prix Italia in 1967 and 1968, the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in 1964, three Grammy Awards in 1987, 1998 and 2001, and the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition in 1992.