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New Version of Krzysztof Penderecki's Resurrection Piano Concerto in World Premiere at Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Dec. 05, 2007

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performs the world premiere of Penderecki's revised Resurrection Piano Concerto on Friday, December 7. The composer himself will lead the orchestra in a program titled The Bold and the Beautiful which also features Penderecki's Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima.

Penderecki admits that when he set about writing the concerto in the spring of 2001, he was afraid to tackle the genre because of the many famous concertos the 20th century had already produced, particularly those of Bartok and Prokoviev. Originally the work was conceptualized in the style of a capriccio but the events of September 11 deeply influenced what was to follow. Penderecki had this to say on the work:

The conception of the concerto changed completely, I wrote a darker, more serious work. The title Resurrection should be understood in a wider, symbolic and universal context. It stems from the chorale that crowns the work and is a symbol of life's victory over death, of faith bringing consolation. I composed the chorale straight after the tragedy in New York. It was a purely human move, and at the same time a gesture of protest against cruelty.

Soloist Barry Douglas joins the CSO under the baton of Maestro Penderecki in two performances of the Resurrection Piano Concerto on Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8.

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Krzysztof Penderecki
Resurrection Piano Concerto (2001-2002/2007)
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