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David Dalle
Thursday March 24th, 2016 with David Dalle
Krzyzstof Penderecki's St Luke Passion

For my annual show before Good Friday, I draw upon the incredibly rich tradition of music for and inspired by the Passion and Easter. This year, we will hear a setting of the Passion according to St. Luke by the great Polish composer Krzyzstof Penderecki. His St. Luke Passion was composed in 1966 and became a seminal work both in his own career and in 20th century choral music. The St. Luke Passion is mostly atonal and makes extensive use of Penderecki’s experimental musical language, many tone clusters and unusual effects from the large orchestra, but it is primarily a virtuoso choral work. Penderecki really stretches the choir as they laugh, shout, hiss etc while they play many characters from the angry mob mocking Christ and screaming for his crucifixion to expressing the anguish of Christ. Penderecki composed this Passion knowing it would be compared to Bach’s two Passion settings, two great summits of Western music, and in this he follows the general plan used by Bach in his settings. The St Luke Passion story is told by a narrator (the evangelist) with choruses and arias and uses additional texts from the Catholic liturgy chosen to emphasize the drama or emotion of a scene such as hymns and the Stabat Mater. He also literally infuses the music St Luke Passion with Bach by using the b-a-c-h motif (B flat, A, C, B natural)—which Bach himself used as well as many other composers--extensively throughout the piece. Despite the experimental and modernist musical language of Penderecki, he uses it to follow and express the intense drama and emotion of the Passion. The St Luke Passion was an enormous success both with audiences and critics after its premiere and received many international performances and continues to have an immediate, profound reaction on listeners.
St Luke Passion
Krzyzstof Penderecki/Izabella Kosinska, Adam Kruszewski, Romuald Tesarowicz, Krzysztof Kolberger, Jaroslaw Malanowicz, Warsaw Boys Choir, Warsaw National Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Antoni Wit - St Luke Passion - Naxos
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My spouse and I had the *extreme* privilege to experience this piece at the Berliner Philharmonie a few years back. Full orchestra, two full choirs, organ, two soloists (maybe 3?), and narrator. JUST HOLY WOW!!

2:38 PM, March 24th, 2016
David Dalle (host)
Very lucky!

2:39 PM, March 24th, 2016
Pretty sure I've not heard that Peter Gabriel / Passion before. I'd remember. Interesting stuff. Thanks for that too! (Except, dang, listening to your show does get expensive...)

3:50 PM, March 24th, 2016
And, yeah, the performance in Berlin blew our socks right off. They have not been seen since. ;^)

3:53 PM, March 24th, 2016
David Dalle (host)
It's one of the best soundtracks out there. Watch Martin Scorcese's "Last Temptation of Christ" tomorrow, great film, and it's the day for it ;)

3:54 PM, March 24th, 2016