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Krzysztof Penderecki’s Cadenza was written in 1984, when the composer was well into his more sober, neo-Romantic phase and had left behind the novel string effects of his youth. A cadenza is normally an unaccompanied dazzle in the midst of a concerto, especially a first movement, and this one certainly rises to the challenge. It begins, however, as if recalling that a cadenza is in origin a cadence, a fall, falling as it does through a minor second, from A flat to G, the instrument’s lowest note. Out of this comes a scalewise melodic motif that is developed mightily before the piece returns whence it came.

from notes by Paul Griffiths © 2015


Studio Master: SIGCD416Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 8 on SIGCD416 [10'05] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD416 track 8

Recording date
22 September 2014
Recording venue
Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Stoke d'Abernon, Cobham, Surrey, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nicholas Parker
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & Chris Kalcov
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  1. Soli (SIGCD416)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: April 2015
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