Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki pulled off that rare feat of maintaining popularity and artistic integrity, one made even harder by the fact that he works in the elite realm of classical music. The composer is a bit of a renaissance man: his name appears regularly on NPR, he’s won Grammy awards, worked with Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, and his music has appeared in films like The Shining, Children of Men, and Shutter Island.
Penderecki’s latest work is Fonogrammi - Horn Concerto. Conducted by the much-lauded Antoni Wit and played by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the concerto will appeal to fans of both Penderecki’s earlier work and his later, neo-Romantic phrasing. The recorded concerto will be officially released for the first time next week, but it’s on Rdio now, for your exclusive enjoyment. Listen to Fonogrammi - Horn Concerto.