Jonny Greenwood: new orchestral premieres at European Culture Congress, plus Penderecki CD project

Jonny Greenwood: new orchestral premieres at European Culture Congress, plus Penderecki CD project
A sell-out 6000 crowd.  Dignitaries including Brian Eno, Umberto Eco, Alan Parker and Vaclav Havel.  A gigantic, newly-renovated hall.  Multiple video-screens, 48 amplified string instruments, atmospheric lighting and laser effects.  The recipe for the world premiere of Jonny Greenwood's latest orchestral work, 48 Responses to Polymorphia, part of the recent European Culture Congress in Wroclaw, Poland on 9 September, one of the highlights of the 2011 Polish EU Presidency.   Read more about the Congress in this article from 'The Independent' newspaper.

The packed house thrilled to an evening of contemporary music by AUKSO Chamber Orchestra that paired works by Greenwood, together with several by his long-time hero Krzysztof Penderecki. The latter was present to conduct his own music (Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, Polymorphia and Canon), whilst Marek Moś conducted the Greenwood works (48 Responses to Polymorphia, Popcorn Superhet Receiver and 'Future Markets' from his score to There Will Be Blood).  (See the finale on YouTube here).

A CD of the repertoire was recorded the following week for future release on the Nonesuch label.  

Meanwhile, the premiere recording of Popcorn Superhet Receiver has just been released by Edwin Outwater and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony