Virtuoso pianist Evgeny Kissin will be leading a special concert at Carnegie Hall entitled "With You, Armenia" in commemoration of the centennial of the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Turks some 100 years ago. As Classicalite contributor James Inverne duly lets us know, the concert will juxtapose Armenian composers with works by Chopin and, surprise, will feature the world premiere of a newly composed work by Krzysztof Penderecki. Poland's greatest living composer, as per the 'Guardian,' yes, Mr. Penderecki is all too familiar with historical horrors--and how to honor them.
It's called 'Water.' And it's classical. And it's in Australia.
Two important composer birthdays have recently occurred. American Ned Rorem turned 90, while that comparative youngster from Poland, Krzysztof Penderecki, was 80. Both in their own ways embody the vitality of their cultures.