Jonny Greenwood has his new project outside of Radiohead ready. An occasional composer of classical pieces and soundtracks, almost always with excellent results, the Oxford musician is about to share credits with one of his professed idols, Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. The connection between the two composers was drawn with “ 48 Responses to Polymorphia” , a Greenwood piece inspired by Penderecki’s “ Polymorphia”. It debuted last September in Breslavia, Poland, within the framework of the European Culture Congress. The affinity between the two ended up giving rise to a shared album, “ Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima / Popcorn Superhet Receiver / Polymorphia / 48 Responses to Polymorphia”, which Nonesuch will have in the shops on 13th March.
Starting today and until its release, NPR offers us the possibility of listening to the album in advance. If you follow this link to their “first listening” area, you will find pieces that will give you goose-bumps - with powerful orchestral string arrangements and disconcerting composing deconstructions that capture the chaos and energy of the modern era.