Adagio from Symphony No. 3 by Krzysztof Penderecki
Originally conceived as part of Symphony No3, a commission to mark the centenary of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in 1995 that took Penderecki seven years to complete, the Adagio for Strings received its own premiere in 2013, performed by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. The piece falls into a lineage of symphonic movements that have been taken from their original context as stand-alone works. In its original setting, Adagio for Strings leads straight into a lively Allegro built around baroque forms. Yet torn from its original frame, this music now sounds like an ongoing elegy for something unknown and not sought, standing outside of time. For there are moments here that burst with such concentrated emotion that to give them occasion would limit their effect.
The RSNO’s performance of Adagio for Strings was recorded at the RSNO Centre in Glasgow and broadcast on 4 December 2020 as part of the RSNO’s Polska Scotland series.
By arrangement with Schott Music, Mainz
Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO)
Conductor Cornelius Meister