Composed of over 3,000 elements with figurines to imitate how a living audience would absorb sound, to test the acoustics, sound was played at a frequency 10 times higher than usual to shorten the sound waves so that they would reverberate in precisely the same manner as those in the completed hall.
VIDEO: When not at his main home in Kraków, the sprawling grounds in Lusławice were the place where Krzysztof Penderecki spent most of his time, reportedly getting up at 6am each morning for a walk in the gardens. On the first anniversary of his death, TFN takes a look at the importance of the place to his legacy.
A new interactive website celebrating the work of composer Krzysztof Penderecki has been launched.
Internationally acclaimed composer whose work was brought to a wider audience through film and television passed away in Kraków on Sunday at the age of 86.
Conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki and performed by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the album released on 29th March sees Portishead lead singer Beth Gibbons mastering the tricky soprano piece in Polish.
With his signature works including four symphonies and a Concerto for Orchestra, there are few Poles who influenced world music as Lutosławski did. Before dying of cancer he was awarded Poland’s highest honour, the Order of the White Eagle.
The project, which is due for release in March, dates back to 2013, when Portishead was playing at the Sacrum Profanum festival in Nowa Huta, Kraków. The promoter suggested that Gibbons could sing the “Symphony”.
German Ambassador Rolf Nikel decorated a renowned Polish contemporary composer, Krzysztof Penderecki, with the Great Cross of Merit with the Star of the Federal Republic of Germany on the occasion of the composer's 85th birthday on Friday.
Described by the Guardian newspaper as Poland’s greatest living composer, Penderecki has attracted famous artists from across the globe to perform with Polish orchestras as part of the nine-concert celebration.
Nine concerts will comprise the Krzysztof Penderecki Festival to be held in Warsaw on November 16-23, which will serve to celebrate the artist's 85th birthday.