Lets hope its a trend...
Aaron Fryklund | 11/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I acquired this DVD to study up on Penderecki's recent work and I was ecstatic to discover the features on this disc. Most impressive was the score that functions like a subtitle. Having difficulty otherwise locating the score, I was most pleased with this. Also quite wonderful is Penderecki's commentary as it gives an insight into the workings of the piece. My only reservation is that his comments are not generally intuitive into his process or technique, but rather reveal things that a score study would present. Still nice as a novelty.
I normally do not view concert DVDs, so I do not know if these features are showing up with other works as well, but I certainly hope it is part of a trend.
I do have to say that I am not pleased with the editorial review for this product. It is appropriate to trace Penderecki's development as a composer; it is not appropriate to describe his early music as "ear-splitting" and gush about how glad you are that he's arrived at a position of tonality. Such commentary is ignorant and out of place in an objective setting such as a product review. Also, he has always been a deeply religious individual and that fact has long been reflected in his catalog of works, not just those of late."