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Penderecki: St Luke Passion ()

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Krzysztof Penderecki's St. Luke Passion of 1966 wasn't a success when it premiered at the opening of a rebuilt cathedral in West Germany. The Western avant-garde was scandalized by Penderecki's use of pure tonality, to represent religious concepts, at that. Official Polish Communism had problems with the idea of a St. Luke Passion in general, and with an explicitly devotional one like Penderecki's specifically. Over time, the work has emerged as one of Penderecki's greatest, perhaps as the beginning of his move back toward ...

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