Pawel Lukaszewski. Via Crucis

Record company: "Pax et Bonum"
Year of publication: 2011
Media: CD
Duration: 53'10
PB 006

Pawel Lukaszewski. Via Crucis
  1. Station 1: Jesus is condemned to death [3'51] 
  2. Station 2: Jesus takes up the Cross [2'32] 
  3. Station 3: Jesus falls the first time [4'17] 
  4. Station 4: Jesus meets his Blessed Mother [4'17] 
  5. Station 5: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the Cross [1'57] 
  6. Station 6: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus [2'34] 
  7. Station 7: Jesus falls the second time [3'38]
  8. Station 8: The women of Jerusalem weep for Jesus [4'12]
  9. Station 9: Jesus falls the third time [3'48]
  10. Station 10: Jesus is stripped of his clothes [2'35] 
  11. Station 11: Jesus is nailed to the Cross [2'30] 
  12. Station 12: Jesus dies on the Cross [6'32]
  13. Station 13: Jesus is taken down from the Cross [4'50] 
  14. Station 14: Jesus is laid in the tomb [3'00] 
  15. Station 15: The Resurrection [3'57]

Edmundas Seilius, tenor
Nerijus Masevičius, baritone
Piotr Olech, countertenor (Poland)
Vladas Bagdonas, narrator
Vilnius Municipal Choir "Jauna Muzika“, artistic director and conductor Vaclovas Augustinas
Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, artistic director and conductor Juozas Domarkas
Robertas Šervenikas, conductor

Via Crucis by polish composer Paweł Łukaszewski, written in 2000 (for contratenor, tenor, baritone, reciter, mixed choir organ and symphony orchestra to the texts from the Bible in Latin) is a composition of duration of 60 minutes. It evolves by a manner of “mega-rondo”, i.e. a large rondo, wherein each of the thirteen stations is opened and closed by a very similar formula (in shape of refrain), built of a name of a station (choral male voices), an invocation :”Adoramus Te, Christe...” (choral female voices) and finally a lamentation “Qui passus est pro nobis...” (choral female voices), and instrumental interludios, based on themes of Polish Lenten songs, which symbolize passing between stations (scanned sounds in wood winds on a background of low bourdons of brass). One of the next element serving for consolidation of the formal construction of the whole are strokes (chord horizontals of all instruments, from one to fourteen strokes) which are to be recognized as numbering of stations (listener recognizes the idea starting with third/fourth stroke). The most distinguishing character can be noticed in Stations of the descent from the cross and of the burial (dynamics in refrains of inter-station passages and in the strokes numbering stations is softened).