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Richard Freed
Soundstage.com, April 2004

"Antoni Wit, who studied with both Czyz and Penderecki, has earned high marks for his Naxos series of this composer's orchestral works, and now gives us a quite distinguished account of the St. Luke Passion. This is the sort of thing that has changed Naxos's image from that of an economical source of stopgap recordings of variable quality for the benefit of the fiscally handicapped to that of simply one of the most resourceful, reliable and economical fully competitive and even, as in the present case, authoritative versions, irrespective of price. In the process Naxos has also established Antoni Wit's name as an assurance of solid musical satisfaction embodying insight, conviction, technical command and, particularly in Penderecki, authority to match the most respected of his predecessors, not excluding the composer himself... No need to single out this or that soloist or episode, for every participating element without exception is functioning at full efficiency and on the highest level - and the production team was definitely a full partner in this achievement. If you haven't yet made the acquaintance of this remarkable work, Naxos has left you with little excuse for failing to remedy that omission, and be assured you can make the modest investment in this splendidly produced CD with full assurance that there is not likely to be a need to upgrade later on."



Paul Driver
, January 2004

"Profound performance"



Anthony Burton
BBC Music Magazine, December 2003

"The performers, a group of expert French and Finnish musicians brought together under the auspices of the Naantali Festival, seem perfectly attuned to each other and to the music, helped by a generally sympathetic recording."



Anthony Burton
BBC Music Magazine

"The performers, a group of expert French and Finnish musicians brought together under the auspices of the Naantali Festival, seem perfectly attuned to each other and to the music, helped by a generally sympathetic recording."



Paul Turok
Naxos

"... receives a gripping performance from Antoni Wit with the forces of the Warsaw Philharmonic. ... Wit, highly experienced with contemporary music, and Polish contemporary music in particular, offers a remarkably clean performance, the best currently available and well recorded."



C. Michael Bailey
All About Jazz

"Ruthlessly honest and terrifying... This is not music for the casual classical music listener who might expect well-behaved Bach, Haydn, or Mozart. No, Penderecki yells at the listener, trying to grab attention, trying to convey the horror and Grace of the subject."






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