Symphony No. 2 (Penderecki)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki wrote his Symphony No. 2 during the winter of 1979–80. Sometimes referred to as the "Christmas Symphony" (quotations of the Christmas carol "Silent Night" occur repeatedly throughout the symphony), neither the score nor the parts (Schott Music, Mainz 45 791) make any reference to this moniker.


The symphony, lasting 30–35 minutes, is in one movement employing a modified sonata form. Sections are marked: Moderato, Allegretto, Lento, Tempo I and Allegretto.


Piccolo, flutes (2), oboes (2), cor anglais, clarinets (3 in E flat, with bass clarinets), bassoons (2), contrabassoon, horns (5), trumpets (3), trombones (3), tubas (1), percussion (4 performers: triangle, gong, beck., tamtam, mil. tr., gr. tr., tubular bells, glockenspiel, xylophone), celesta, strings.[1]


The New York Philharmonic, conducted by Zubin Mehta, gave the first performance of the symphony on May 1, 1980.[2]


Orchestra Conductor Record company Year of Recording Format
National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra of Katowice (Polskie Radio. Wielka Orkiestra Symfoniczna w Katowicach)[3] Jacek Kasprzyk Muza 1981 LP
Norddeutscher Rundfunk. Sinfonie-Orchester Krzysztof Penderecki Wergo 1994[4] CD
National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Katowice) Antoni Wit Naxos Records 2000[5] CD


  1. ^ "Schott Music Shop: Penderecki 2. Symphony". Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  2. ^ Robinson, Ray. "Krzystof Penderecki: A Guide to His Works". Prestige Publications: Princeton, 1983, p.20.
  3. ^ OCLC 81575760
  4. ^ "Penderecki Partial Discography at" (in Polish). Retrieved 2009-01-26.  Information elsewhere shows(?) that this was released in 1994 but recorded in 1989, so in any case postdates the Muza recording.
  5. ^ OCLC 45109918