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This is an exemplary recording of the work which propelled Penderecki, who died earlier this year, to international fame. The impact the St Luke Passion made in 1966 is just as powerful as when this live recording was made in 2018, at the opening concert of the Salzburg Festival. Kent Nagano is a conductor who is scrupulous in all that he does, and here he marshals his considerable forces to thrilling effect. The work – with all of Penderecki’s astonishing orchestral colours – glows afresh under Nagano’s baton; Nagano’s soloists are uniformly excellent and his choral singers exceptional in their unfailing commitment. A definitive recording of a modern masterpiece.

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