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Paweł Łukaszewski: Daylight Declines

Paweł Łukaszewski: Daylight Declines

To mark the composer’s 50th birthday and the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence, Nigel Short and Tenebrae release an album of choral works by Polish composer Paweł Łukaszewski. Łukaszewski is regarded as the best-known Polish composer of his generation. There is a sacred theme to much of his work which is heard throughout the disc, starting with a psalm Cantate Domino, moving through to the lamentations of Jeremiah and ending with a musical setting of the Beatitudes, Beati. Two Shakespeare Sonnets, settings of the Tenebrae Responsories and Daylight Declines, the title track, are also included on this album which celebrates Łukaszewski’s award-winning compositional output.

This recording was made thanks to the generous support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Polish Cultural Institute.

Adam Mickiewicz Institute Polish Cultural Institute

the quality of the singing, the intonation, the bravery of holding those clashes – unyieldingly, unflinchingly – it’s stunning singing… it’s really extraordinarily moving… This is the best choral singing I’ve ever heard on disc.

Record Review, BBC Radio 3
  • Release Date: 01 June 2018
  • Record Label: Signum
  • Catalogue Number: SIGCD521
  • Location of Recording: St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London
  • Total Running Time: 01:09:49
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Buy # Title Composer Duration Price Listen
1Cantate DominoPaweł Łukaszewski04:26£ Listen
2Shakespeare Sonnets: Like as the wavesPaweł Łukaszewski04:04£ Listen
3Shakespeare Sonnets: Weary with toilPaweł Łukaszewski04:14£ Listen
4Daylight DeclinesPaweł Łukaszewski04:54£ Listen
5Responsoria Tenebrae: Tenebrae factae suntPaweł Łukaszewski04:25£ Listen
6Responsoria Tenebrae: Caligaverunt oculi meiPaweł Łukaszewski05:19£ Listen
7Responsoria Tenebrae: Recessit pastor nosterPaweł Łukaszewski03:46£ Listen
8Responsoria Tenebrae: O vos omnesPaweł Łukaszewski04:54£ Listen
9Responsoria Tenebrae: Ecce quomodo moriturPaweł Łukaszewski04:53£ Listen
10Lamentatio IPaweł Łukaszewski06:23£ Listen
11Lamentatio IIPaweł Łukaszewski03:53£ Listen
12Lamentatio IIIPaweł Łukaszewski08:35£ Listen
13BeatiPaweł Łukaszewski09:59£ Listen

the quality of the singing, the intonation, the bravery of holding those clashes – unyieldingly, unflinchingly – it’s stunning singing… it’s really extraordinarily moving… This is the best choral singing I’ve ever heard on disc.

Record Review, BBC Radio 3

A contemplative series of works that all deserve to be heard

Cross Rhythms

Paweł Łukaszewski has a distinct style of composing whereby the text is always very clear. The intense spirituality of the words is perfect for Tenebrae as we are really able to be expressive with the text.

Nigel Short