Penderecki: Die Teufel von Loudun

COMPOSERS: Penderecki
LABELS: Philips
WORKS: Die Teufel von Loudun
PERFORMER: Tatiana Troyanos, Andrzej Hiolsky, Hans Sotin; Hamburg State Opera Orchestra &Chorus/Marek Janowski
CATALOGUE NO: 446 328-2 ADD Reissue
This is classic Penderecki, before he abandoned his modernist, monolithic style and went all neo-Romantic. The Devils of Loudun, written for the Hamburg Opera in 1969, sets John Whiting’s dramatisation of Aldous Huxley’s novel in German translation,and Penderecki uses all his resourcefulness in the portrayal of a world of witch-hunting hysteria, exorcisms and black Masses. This recording, made at the time of the premiere, is vivid, with Troyanos a gripping Jeanne. Matthew Rye