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Penderecki's Garden
Penderecki's Garden
Adam Mickiewicz Institute

The late Krzysztof Penderecki was a legend of contemporary music. In this new limited podcast series, hear two famous British journalists, Jack... more

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Episodes

Metamorphosen: Creativity and Intimacy

Metamorphosen, Penderecki’s Second Violin Concerto, was written for the German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter between 1992 and 1995. Drawing on the... more

28 Feb 2022 · 37 minutes
The Devils of Loudun/Ubu Rex: Possession and Laughter

The two most famous operas by Penderecki offer a dazzling contrast in style and subject. Where The Devils of Loudun,... more

14 Feb 2022 ·
The Passion of St Luke: Belief and Redemption

“I was aiming for something that seemed unreachable”, said Penderecki of the St Luke Passion, a work written to mark... more

31 Jan 2022 · 43 minutes
Brigade of Death- Brigade of Death: Memory and Outrage

On 8 September, 1939, when Krzysztof Penderecki was just a few weeks shy of his sixth birthday, German forces took... more

17 Jan 2022 · 35 minutes
Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima: Terror and Sorrow

Fifty two strings. Eight minutes. Thirty seven seconds. Completed in 1960, Krzysztof Penderecki’s Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima has... more

03 Jan 2022 · 32 minutes
Symphonies - Symphony No 7, 'Seven Gates Of Jerusalem'

In the final episode of Jack's curated series, he charts the changing musical styles embraced by Penderecki across his career,... more

20 Dec 2021 · 26 minutes
Screen - Soundtrack to The Saragossa Manuscript

Jack celebrates Penderecki's score to a classic work of Polish cinema. We hear how Penderecki embraced a varied musical language... more

06 Dec 2021 · 21 minutes
Aulodia / Ekecheiria: Polish Culture

We explore how Penderecki found a world stage as a commissioned composer for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. We... more

22 Nov 2021 · 17 minutes
A Polish Requiem: Nationhood

We use Penderecki's A Polish Requiem to explore the volatile history of the Polish nation, and how this in turn... more

22 Nov 2021 · 27 minutes
String Quartet No 3: Childhood & Roots

We explore the traumatic events of Penderecki's upbringing, growing up as a boy in Nazi-German-occupied Poland from the ages... more

22 Nov 2021 · 20 minutes
Penderecki's Garden
Metamorphosen: Creativity and Intimacy
Penderecki's Garden