The third disc in The Sixteen’s acclaimed series of Polish music, conducted by Associate Conductor, Eamonn Dougan, explores the work of Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki (1665–1734). Regarded as the outstanding Polish composer of the high baroque, Gorczycki studied in Prague and Vienna in his early years and returned to Kraków in 1690 where he took holy orders. He was appointed Magister capellae at Wawel Cathedral in 1698, a position he held until his death.
Like his predecessor Bartłomiej Pękiel (COR16110), Gorczycki wrote in both 'stile antico' and 'stile moderno'; the works featured in this recording display his skill in both genres. The Missa Rorate shows his mastery of counterpoint and sensitivity to word-setting, as does Illuxit Sol in which Gorczycki revels in the rhetoric of the text, painting it with lush five-part string writing; Conductus Funebris, a four-movement work setting text from the Burial Service, marries his contrapuntal skills with a more emphatic, declamatory style, while in the Litania de Providentia Divinae, Gorczycki unleashes the full power of his invention as he paints the virtues of "Divine Providence" with a glowing palette of colours.
'The latest in The Sixteen's fascinating Polish project... these performances are pristine, carefully blended and appositely devout in flavour.' The Sunday Times
'This is a gorgeous recording of some really lovely music... This is the third CD in The Sixteen's exploration of early music from Poland - don't miss them!' Early Music Review
'...the urgent syncopations of Illuxit sol, passed like a hot potato between excellent soloists; the massive forces and sheer aural spectacle of the Litania de Providentia Divina. This is Italian music with just the faintest Polish accent - another significant find in this ambitious series.' Gramophone
Reviews for other discs in the series:
'This craftsman's masterful music is presented here with an assured charisma by the mighty Sixteen. Eamonn Dougan draws typically golden performances.' Gramophone on Bartłomiej Pękiel (COR16110)
'The Sixteen luxuriate in textures and sonorities, offsetting serene, arching lines with more urgent declamatory passages...basses plummet while sopranos soar into the stratosphere in a swirl of all-embracing sound.'
Performance ★★★★★ Recording ★★★★★ BBC Music Magazine on The Blossoming Vine (COR16123)
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Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki (1665-1734)
1. Hejnał mariacki (Anon.)
2. In virtute tua Domine
3. O Rex gloriae, Domine
4. Illuxit sol
5. Introit (II)
13. Agnus Dei
15. Subvenite Sancti Dei
16. Libera me, Domine
17. In paradisum
18. Salve Regina
19. Sepulto Domino
20. Litania de Providentia Divina
TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 1hr 8mins