Sanctus Adalbertus | Dolby Atmos Screening
TUE 26 / 04 / 2016
18:00 – 20:00
The Promised Land room | 1st floor
The last great work composed by the late Henryk Mikołaj Górecki has been a topic of much conversation for years, though no one had actually heard it until 2015. The oratorio Sanctus Adalbertus op. 71 for soprano, baritone, mixed choir, and orchestra was written as early as 1997 to mark the one thousandth anniversary of the death of St. Adalbert. It was initially planned that the composition would premiere during a papal visit to Poland; Sanctus Adalbertus is, after all, the successor piece to Beatus Vir, a work in honor of St. Stanislas commissioned by Karol Wojtyła, then a bishop of Kraków. The oratorio would ultimately have to wait fifteen years for its international premiere.
The piece was first performed November 4, 2015, in Kraków at a concert marking the 70th anniversary of the Polish Music Publishing House (PWM), co-produced by the National Audiovisual Institute. The premiere performance, the recording of which we will screen April 26, featured Wioletta Chodowicz (soprano) and Artur Ruciński (baritone) accompanied by the Polish Radio Choir, the Kraków Philharmonic Choir, and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk.
The four-part piece is based on passages from the Book of Psalms and Górecki’s own writing. As the preeminent Górecki scholar Adrian Thomas observes, this composition contains references to the late-Romantic style of Edward Elgar as well as a relic of early Polish music, Bogurodzica.
Sanctus Adalbertus is the first production recorded by the NInA using the Dolby Atmos multichannel audio standard. As NInA Director Michał Merczyński explains:
Admission is free of charge and does not require registration.