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Penderecki: Symphony No. 7 "Seven Gates of Jerusalem" - Aga Mikolaj (soprano); Boris Carmeli; Ewa Marciniec (alto); Olga Pasiecznik (soprano); Romuald Tesarowicz (bass);...
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  1. Symphony No. 7 ("Seven Gates of Jerusalem"), for 5 soloists, speaker, 3 choruses & orchestra
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The most notable feature of Penderecki's Symphony No. 7, "Seven Gates of Jerusalem," is that it sounds more like an oratorio than a symphony; in fact, one movement is set for a cappella chorus. It is not surprising, then, to discover that Penderecki wrote the piece in 1996 as an oratorio in celebration of Jerusalem's third millennium and didn't decide to designate it as his Seventh Symphony until after it had been performed in Jerusalem and Warsaw the following year. The composer hadn't yet written a sixth symphony, but ...