New Scorsese film to feature music by Penderecki

Posted on: February 17, 2010

On February 19, director Martin Scorsese’s thriller Shutter Island is set to open in theaters with a score including music by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. The movie also incorporates music by Györgi Ligeti, Brian Eno, and John Cage, performed by the Vienna Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, and the University of California-Berkeley Chamber Chorus. This is not the first film outing for Penderecki, whose music has previously been heard in The Shining, Wild at Heart, and Children of Men. Penderecki’s orchestral and vocal music is well-known to classical concertgoers; in 2005, the composer conducted the Yale Philharmonia, Yale Glee Club, Yale Camerata, and Elm City Girls Choir in his own massive Credo during a weeklong residency at Yale University. The composer will be on the podium again this spring, this time at Carnegie Hall, when he will lead the Yale Philharmonia on April 30 in four of his own works: Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima; Capriccio for Violin and Orchestra; Concerto for Horn and Orchestra (“Winterreise,” U.S. premiere); and Symphony No. 4 (“Adagio”).

Posted February 17, 2010

Photo of Krzysztof Penderecki by Marek Beblot