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All at Naxos were saddened to hear of the passing of Krzysztof Penderecki in Kraków, Poland on 29 March 2020. Penderecki made a rich and invaluable contribution to both the music of his era and, by extension, the Naxos catalogue. He found a notable champion of his works in the conductor Antoni Wit, himself a former student of Penderecki, who has recorded numerous definitive performances of the composer's works for the Naxos label.

Antoni Wit | © Krzysztof Niesporek

‘Krzysztof Penderecki’s departure undoubtedly marks the end of a particular era in music. I am convinced that his prolific output and outstanding achievements over the last 60 years in all music genres, including symphonic and opera, will long continue to be performed in concert halls all over the world.

Penderecki’s death is an especially poignant moment for Poland, where for a long time he had been regarded as the most influential personality among living Polish composers. In the 1960s I had the privilege of being his student and, following this important period, the performing and recording of his works in his presence was an invaluable and memorable experience.

Over 20 years ago Naxos started recording a series of Penderecki’s music, with around 17 volumes now completed and more being planned for the future. It is a wonderful, life-long idea in which I am both proud and honoured to be participating.’

Antoni Wit

A full list of recordings of Krzysztof Penderecki's music can be reached by following this link.

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