Krzysztof Penderecki, Capriccio for Violin & Orchestra
Direttore d’orchestra: Krzysztof Penderecki
Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra
A tremendous roar quickly builds in the drums and the brass swelling in palpitating, blaring tones, and the violin quickly enters with fast quasi-improvisatory on-rushing passages pitted against wild woodwinds and the opening drums. The violin is left in silence for an enthusiastic cadence ending on a high sustained note… A massive string cluster than falls in slithery microtones. Sighs, and more microtonal sliding clusters in the deep bass ranges. A musical saw slides upward and crashing tubular bells signal some transformation. High, quiet piercing tones warn of danger… Extremely low and slow counterpoint underscores a lamenting violin. The tempo of both lines increases in sudden blasts from the full orchestra. Absolute panic ensues. Massive punctuations. Gross imitation of a German waltz. Terror and the grotesque. An on-rushing dissonant panic builds again. Cracks and snaps from the strings. A furious violin solo, and punctuations from the percussion, as the work suddenly ends.
- “Capriccio for violin & orchestra”, Gene Tyranny, Allmusic