Symphony No. 2 (Penderecki)
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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.
The New York Philharmonic, conducted by Zubin Mehta, gave the first performance of the symphony on May 1, 1980.
|Orchestra||Conductor||Record company||Year of Recording||Format|
|National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra of Katowice (Polskie Radio. Wielka Orkiestra Symfoniczna w Katowicach)||Jacek Kasprzyk||Muza||1981||LP|
|Norddeutscher Rundfunk. Sinfonie-Orchester||Krzysztof Penderecki||Wergo||1994||CD|
|National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Katowice)||Antoni Wit||Naxos Records||2000||CD|
- "Schott Music Shop: Penderecki 2. Symphony". Retrieved 2014-06-26.
- Robinson, Ray. "Krzystof Penderecki: A Guide to His Works". Prestige Publications: Princeton, 1983, p.20.
- OCLC 81575760
- "Penderecki Partial Discography at Polmic.pl" (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.
- OCLC 45109918