Cold Spring, UK
Unnerving, intense, bloodcurdling, sinister, dramatic – the music of “Kosmogonia” features Penderecki’s famous, unorthodox instrumental techniques, and some of the darkest music ever composed.
Hailed by The Guardian as “Poland’s greatest living composer”, Krzysztof Penderecki is the maestro behind the unforgettable, disturbing music on The Shining (including ‘De Natura Sonoris No. 2’, featured here). A complex tapestry of sound with striking use of pizzicato and flexatone, with aggressive barrages from brass and percussion, dissonant woodwind chords, spoken and hissing sounds, fervent strings, swirling organ, climactic choral and solo vocals.
Krzysztof Penderecki’s unique music has featured in films such as: The Shining, The Exorcist, Children Of Men, The People Under The Stairs, Shutter Island, and many more.
Thanks to the estate of Krzysztof Penderecki, Cold Spring are honoured to present this masterpiece in digital format for the first time since the 1974 vinyl release. Sympathetically remastered for CD by Denis Blackham and Martin Bowes.
Composed by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performed By: Chorus and Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic, Warsaw
Tenor: Kazimierz Pustelak
Soprano: Stefania Woytowicz
Bass: Bernard Ładysz
Chorus Master: Jozef Bok
Conductor: Andrzej Markowski
Mastered By: Denis Blackham (Skye Mastering)
Final Mastering: Martin Bowes (The Cage)
Graphic Design: Abby Helasdottir