JULIUSZ LUCIUK (b.1927): Gesang am Brunnen for Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Chorus and Chamber Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 08N086
Label: Acte Préalable
Description: This richly neo-romantic oratorio is typical of Luciuk's recent religious or religion-based oratorio-like works in its use of sumptuous tonal harmony with an underlying flavour of pentatonic modality. Conservative as this idiom appears after the composer's experiments in serialism and sonorism in his younger years, the legacy of the latter especially is apparent in his refined sense of colour and texture; the choral writing always feels buoyant and transparent; the pulsating mildly dissonant timbres of the orchestral accompaniment add a piquancy to offset the warmth of the full-bodied choral textures. The texts are 19 poems from sources of different religious faiths and cultures, all illuminating facets of the same subject - praising God - from widely varied points of view. The musical responses drawn from the composer are equally varied, from hymn-like Lutheran chorales to chromatic allusions to plainchant, folk music of east and west and a confidently glowing sense of affirmation in the work's melodiousness and satisfyingly harmonious æsthetic. German-Polish texts. Bozena Harasimowicz-Haas (soprano), Jacek Laszczkowski (tenor), Janusz Borowicz (baritone), Polish Radio Choir and Chamber Orchestra Krakow; José Maria Florêncio.