CPO Records’ release of Feliks Nowowiejski’s Quo vadis, featuring Wojtek Gierlach and the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir of the Podlasie Opera under Łukasz Borowicz, was awarded the prestigious International Classical Music Award in the category Choral Works.
Nowowiejski (1887-1946) is considered one of the most significant Polish composers of the first half of the 20th century. In 2016, Gierlach sang Quo vadis in Poznan, marking the 50th anniversary of the composer’s death and broadcast by Deutschlandradio Kultur, and Berlin, where the 1909 oratorio saw its first performance outside Poland since the Second World War.
Gramophone Magazine praised the live recording for “[taking] the listener on a dramatic journey in an almost cinematic fashion, made utterly convincing by this superb recorded performance” and singled out “the outstanding Wojtek Gierlach”.
Gierlach is frequently in demand as concert performer for contemporary music and regularly performs Krzysztof Penderecki's music under the baton of the composer. His discography also includes a live recording of the world premiere of Il dissoluto punito by Ramón Carnice, conducted by Alberto Zedda.
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