Bartłomiej Pękiel

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Program: #13-33   Air Date: Aug 12, 2013

Bartlomiej Pekiel--The latest from the (now-prolific) ensemble The Sixteen takes us to a composer we featured on one of our earliest programs--the 17th century Polish master Pekiel.

NOTE: All of the music on this program is from the new project featuring The Sixteen ensemble directed by Eamonn Dougan. The CD is on the Coro label and is COR 16110. For more information:

Bartlomiej Pekiel

Bartłomiej Pękiel was one of the most eminent Polish composers of choral music of the 17th century. He served at the court in Warsaw from around 1633 and was assistant to Marco Scacchi at the Chapel Royal in Warsaw before becoming Kapellmeister himself from 1645-1655 - the first non-Italian to hold the post. He then moved to Wawel Cathedral in Krakow where he wrote for the Rorantist vocal ensemble.

Just 29 of his compositions survive today and on this new album by The Sixteen under the direction of Associate Conductor, Eamonn Dougan, we present 11 of his works for choir and orchestra including the Missa Concertata La Lombardesca resplendent with double choir, violins and trombones, and the extraordinary and dramatic Audite mortales.

In this recording dedicated solely to his works, Pękiel shows himself to be a skilled craftsman, mastering the techniques taught by the Italian maestri, but also imbuing his works with his own particular harmonic colour in all the varied styles he writes in.

Bartłomiej Pękiel (fl.1633-1670)

Composer Info

Bartłomiej Pękiel (fl.1633-1670)

CD Info

COR 16110