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Łukaszewski was born in 1968 in Częstochowa, the home of the Black Madonna, and there is a strong spiritual strain running through his work. He uses relatively conventional choral sonorities, but there is always a sense of rhythmic and harmonic displacement about his work, which makes it not only difficult to deliver but curiously timeless. Tenebrae handle these pieces with typical confidence and a respectful modesty – no bravura effects. The title prayer is a perfect introduction to the composer at 50, eclectically derived from traditional sources, but with that familiar shimmer of strangeness. Responsorio Tenebrae is the largest piece included, but Łukaszewski’s miniatures and smaller-scale works are often his most effective.

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