4 March 2017, 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall
London SE1 8XX
Hear a performance of Penderecki's St Luke Passion, which left avant-garde critics lost for words when it premiered in 1966. Audiences were left reeling with emotion and disbelief that new music could speak with such feeling, such directness and such shattering power.
I have lived through very difficult times, says Penderecki, and as the music fights, shouts and laments its way towards redemption, Penderecki's massive choral retelling of the last days of Christ takes its place as one of the 20th century's enduring masterpieces.
Under Vladimir Jurowski, it stands as a monumental centrepiece to Southbank Centre's Belief and Beyond Belief festival.
Organised in collaboration with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music programme.
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor
Omar Ebrahim, narrator
Elizabeth Atherton, soprano
Dietrich Henschel, baritone
Tomasz Konieczny, bass
Polish Radio Choir
Camerata Silesia Katowice City Singers' Ensemble
Warsaw Boys' Choir
Krzysztof Penderecki: St. Luke Passion for 3 voices, narrator, choruses & orchestra
There is no interval in this performance which ends at approx. 9pm
The concert will be accompanied by a Pre-concert talk with Krzysztof Penderecki, How Do We Live With Death? Come hear one of the most important living composers, Krzysztof Penderecki, speak about his work. In conversation with Gillian Moore, Penderecki discusses his St Luke Passion(1966) which, despite the antipathy of the communist Polish government to religious music, became a modern classic.
More info about the Pre-concert talk here.