Penderecki conducts Penderecki

The concerts with works of the Polish composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki promise to be a special concert experience with their two Swiss premieres. Also included is the baritone Thomas E. Bauer, whom Pendrecki met by chance. Bauer jumped in at short notice to replace a sick colleague. Since then, Penderecki has always asked Bauer for the baritone parts in his works.

Krzysztof Penderecki (Foto: zvg)

The work of Krzysztof Penderecki can be described as idiosyncratic. He does what seems right to him and is not based on current trends. With a world premiere in 1960 he caused a sensation at the Donaueschinger Musiktagen. He was just 27 years old. Later he turned back to the tonal-romantic language and promptly offended. What triggered the trouble? An ordinary pure triad!

As a curious person, he likes to travel. He and his wife have long been fascinated by China and regularly visited it. From there he brought the sound of the Chinese double-sided violin Erhu, which he incorporates in the interludes of his Sixth symphony, even if the music does not sound Chinese.

The program also includes two instrumental concerts: the viola concerto for cello and orchestra and the concertino for trumpet and orchestra.

published: 09.01.2020