St. Luke Passion | Dolby Atmos Screening
WED 27 / 04 / 2016
18:00 – 20:00
The Promised Land room | 1st floor
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the first performance of what is Penderecki’s best-known composition, after Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima. In the piece, which addresses the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, Krzysztof Penderecki combines the tradition of Bach with avant-garde musical techniques. But the two-part passion augments its Baroque archetype with other elements besides those characteristic of 20th century avant-garde music. The musicologist Konrad Jeliński observes that St. Luke Passion also contains musical references to Dutch motet polyphony, Venetian polychorality, and even jazz.
The National Audiovisual Institute will present a recording of the extraordinary performance held at this year’s edition of the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival. The solo parts were performed by soprano Johanna Rusanen, baritone David Pershall, and bass Nikolay Didenko. The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki himself.
St. Luke Passion is the second production recorded by the NInA using the Dolby Atmos multichannel audio standard, which it first used for a recording of the oratorio Sanctus Adalbertus. As NInA Director Michał Merczyński explains,
We have launched a series of productions using multichannel audio and cutting-edge 4K video. This allows us to screen audiovisual material that takes full advantage of the capabilities offered by Poland’s only non-commercial cinema, located in the renovated offices of the National Audiovisual Institute.
Admission is free of charge and does not require registration.