Grammy Win for Krzysztof Penderecki & the Warsaw Philharmonic
small, Grammy Win for Krzysztof Penderecki & the Warsaw Philharmonic, Krzysztof Penderecki and Eugeniusz Rudnik in the Polish Radio's Experimental Studio, April 1972, photo: from Ludwik Erhardt's book Meetings with Krzys, penderecki_studio_eksperymentalne.jpg
Krzysztof Penderecki and the Warsaw Philharmonic won a Grammy for the first album of the Penderecki conducts Penderecki series. This is Penderecki’s fourth Grammy Award.
The Grammy’s are one of the most prestigious awards in the music world. This year, Adele took home the most prized – with five Grammys. Krzysztof Penderecki was also among the winners.
This is Penderecki's fourth Grammy. He received his first Grammy in 1988 for Best Contemporary Composition (for Cello Concerto No. 2, with Mstislav Rostropovich) and won two awards in 1999: one for Best Classical Contemporary Composition and other for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (With Orchestra) (for Penderecki: Violin Concerto No. 2 Metamorphosen with Anne-Sophie Mutter on violin and the London Symphony Orchestra). In 2001, Helmut Rilling’s performance of Penderecki's Credo was awarded and in 2013, Antoni Wit received the Grammy for his performance of Penderecki's Fonogrammi, Horn Concerto, Partita and The Awakening of Jacob and Anaklasis.
During a press conference before the Krzysztof Penderecki Festival in honour of his 80th birthday, Penderecki said:
I have work to do for the next twenty years. I keep setting the bar higher and higher – I don’t always manage to jump over it, sometimes I have to just crawl under it. I have songs in store that I would like to finish and I need at least twenty years to do it.
The Penderecki conducts Penderecki album features the first studio recording of the composer with the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra. Music-lovers around the globe will finally have the opportunity to listen to one of Penderecki’s newest pieces Dies Illa. The album also includes a new interpretation of The Psalms of David – the piece which made brought worldwide fame, as well as the Hymn to St. Daniil and the Hymn to St. Aldabert. In addition to the musicians from the Warsaw Philharmonic, other soloists are featured such as Johanna Rusanen (soprano), Agnieszka Rehlis (mezzo-soprano) and Nikolay Didenko (bass).
In other Grammy categories associated with classical music, the winners were:
Sources: own materials, PAP; translated and edited by NR, 13 Feb 2017
- David Frost (Producer of the Year, Classical);
- Andris Nelsons, Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, for the album Under Stalin's Shadow with three of Dmitri Shostakovich’s symphonies (Best Orchestral Performance);
- DVD with the recording of The Ghosts Of Versailles by contemporary American composer John Corigliano (Best Opera Recording);
- Third Coast Percussion for an album with pieces by Steve Reich (Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance);
- Zuill Bailey, cellist (Best Classical Instrumental Solo)
- Dorothea Röschmann, for an album with pieces by Schumann and Berg, and Ian Bostridge, for the album Shakespeare Songs (Best Classical Solo Vocal Album)