Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wojciech Kilar-Piano Concerto, Choral Preludes, Orawa

Last time I played this disc was likely when I bought it in the 90's. So I stumbled upon it yesterday and decided to refresh my memory. I have to say I find the whole album to be quite beautiful. Within
the Piano Concerto and the other two works there are moments that reminded me more than just a little of the repeated pulse of strings within Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 (....Sorrowful Songs) That's
a good thing to these ears. Better known as a film composer obviously, I find Kilar's concert music
to be highly enjoyable, and often beautiful. Enjoy.

Wojciech Kilar created a sensation some years ago with his exciting dance-like orchestral piece "Krzesany" and other works including the film score for Francis Ford Coppola’s "Bram Stoker’s Dracula". His scores often express through rhythmic repetition, a minimalism that differs from the American minimalists possibly because of the reminiscences of European music of the past. The piano concerto contains strong hints of the romantics, particularly Beethoven and Brahms viewed through a prism of cubist sectional abstractions. The mood ranges from bold to serene much like a romantic piano concerto but without the direct stylistic trappings. Melodic turns of phrase and gestures of Polish folk music also play role in his works and Kilar sometimes psychologically shocks his audience not only with a dramatic use of dissonance but also by suddenly embracing major/minor tonality and triadic harmonies. - Greg La Traille, 


D.ydak said...

Beautiful music thank you. I see what you mean about Gorecki!

Tzadik said...

You are welcome, I was hoping w music this beautiful (not masterpieces but damn good!) that someone would take the 5 seconds to comment ;) -Cheers!

Toon van Dijk said...

Many thanks and regards from The Netherlands.
Veel dank en groeten uit Nederland.

Alberich said...

Please reupload this album! PLEASE! I'd be eternally grateful to you if you also had the September symphony. Thank you very much!