Tenebrae & Nigel Short – Daylight Declines: Choral Music by Paweł Łukaszewski (2018)
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2018 Grammy Award nominees Tenebrae perform a new collection of choral works by Polish composer Paweł Łukaszewski.
Born in southern Poland in 1968 in the city of Częstochowa and described by Gramophone as writing “enchanting choral music…beautifully measured phrases, immaculately tailored textures and ingenious use of light and shade to invoke light shining in darkness”, Łukaszewski has secured a place in the forefront of European sacred music with performances throughout the world and his works featuring on over one hundred recordings. He studied at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music, where he still teaches, and is now the Artistic Director and Conductor of Musica Sacra Cathedral Choir in Warsaw.
This collection of sacred choral works bears an easily-discernible cultural link with his Polish predecessors such as Lutosławski and Penderecki, but the influence of Henryk Górecki and the Estonian Arvo Pärt is evident too in the fervent but restrained spiritual aspect of Łukaszewski’s music, and his individual voice never stoops to mere imitation.
Although he wrote a dozen orchestral works and as many pieces of chamber music, the Polish composer Łukaszewski (born 1958) made a huge international name for himself in the domain of choral music. For his fiftieth birthday, the Tenebrae choir and its conductor Nigel Short decided to honour him with a beautiful recording of some of his most outstanding choral works. The sacred is crucial to this repertoire, with the psalm Cantate Domino, the Beatitudes and the Responsoria Tenebræ, but we also find Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Naturally, there is an organic link with his great Polish predecessors Lutosławski and Penderecki, but also Górecki even, off to the north-east, the Estonian Pärt – in other words, a whole slice of the serial avant-garde of the 1970s had no impact on Łukaszewski’s music. He constantly worked at his own vision of modernism, which didn’t reject its roots in older music, up to and including the polyphonic writing of the Renaissance, but with an updated harmonic conception.
01. Cantate Domino
02. Shakespeare Sonnets: I. Like as the waves
03. Shakespeare Sonnets: II. Weary with toil
04. Daylight Declines
05. Responsoria Tenebrae: I. Tenebrae factae sunt
06. Responsoria Tenebrae: II. Caligaverunt occuli mei
07. Responsoria Tenebrae: III. Recessit pastor noster
08. Responsoria Tenebrae: IV. O vos omnes
09. Responsoria Tenebrae: V. Ecce quomodo moritur
10. Lamentationes: Lamentatio I
11. Lamentationes: Lamentatio II
12. Lamentationes: Lamentatio III