Krzysztof Penderecki’s St. Luke Passion occupies a unique place in the music of the Twentieth Century. It was written to commemorate the seven hundredth anniversary of Munster Cathedral and its premiere in 1966 coincided with the thousandth anniversary of Christianity’s introduction into Poland. Few people could have predicted the immense impact the work had on its audience, the extraordinary critical acclaim it received and the palpable influence it has continued to have on subsequent composers all over the world. The model is Bach’s Passions and Penderecki also uses psalms and hymns to further increase the spiritual and emotive depth. This is the first time Penderecki’s masterpiece has been performed in the UK in nearly thirty years.This performance, given by Poland’s finest performers and conducted by the composer himself is a once-in-a-lifetime event. The setting of Canterbury Cathedral only adds to the extraordinary nature of this performance.
Light Matter Productions was commissioned by the organisers to record this extraordinary event.