Dariusz Przybylski

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CONCERT: Erschrecken Kannste Selber

Di, 31. Oktober 20.00 Heimathafen Neukölln | Karl-Marx-Straße 141 Berlin-Neukölln



Dariusz Przybylski (UA) // Karlheinz Stockhausen // Claude Vivier // Eugeniusz Rudnik

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Album of The Year Nomination!

PRZYBYLSKI Passio for 12 Voices

Album of the Year for choral music, oratorio and opera


Solistenensemble PHØNIX16 with Timo Kreuser was nominated in 2015 for a FRYDERYK award in Poland for Album of the Year for choral music, oratorio and opera by the Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry, for the double CD PASSIO, with music written for the ensemble by Dariusz Przybylski.
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Review: PASSIO in Choir & Organ

PRZYBYLSKI Passio for 12 Voices (April 2015)

Author: Philip Reed, Choir & Organ Magazine


“…Solistenensemble PHØNIX16, sixteen expert singers… whose virtuosity is breathtaking…
Conductor Timo Kreuser is in total command of his singers in this music, and shapes the Passion setting with great conviction.”
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Review: PASSIO in Gramophone

PRZYBYLSKI Passio for 12 Voices

Author: Arnold Whittall, Gramophone


Born in Poland in 1984, Dariusz Przybylski studied in Germany with York Höller and Wolfgang Rihm; this recording was made in Berlin by a vocal ensemble with whom Przybylski spent a year (2012-13) as composer-in-residence.

Passio et Mors Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Ioannem (2013) for 12 voices, to give the work its full title, was presumably the main result of that residency and its a cappella style is closer to that of other relatively austere Passion settings – Arvo Pärt’s, for example – than to the overtly dramatic idiom of James MacMillan’s St John Passion (2008) for solo baritone, larger and smaller choruses and orchestra. ‘Holy minimalism’ will not do as a label for Przybylski’s work, however. Although its atmosphere is ritualistically intense and it moves slowly, with only the rarest hints of animation, its harmony is too unstable to sink into stagnation and its use of several different languages also distances it from any more obviously liturgical precursors.

The booklet-notes by conductor Timo Kreuser spell out the music’s modal construction, explaining its rootedness as well as its ability to deal in predominantly dissonant sonorities and canonic manoeuvres sustained to achieve a hypnotically restrained effect. Some passages reinforce their meditative aura so determinedly that they risk an overly passive mode of expression; even the extended setting of the Stabat mater seems more consolatory than mournful, and the music reaches out most powerfully to the listener when a more expressionistic quality is allowed to emerge.

It’s possible that the mesmerising avoidance of straightforward melodic writing found in Ligeti’s choral works has left a trace in Przybylski’s music, coupled with a resistance to the forthright melodramatics of Penderecki’s St Luke Passion. Passio and the two shorter accompanying items seem almost obsessively concerned with constraining technical routines, yet the result is far from dull or monochrome and the performances are formidably accomplished. The recordings, made in Berlin’s St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Academy, have a degree of resonance that creates the illusion of voices turning into sustaining instruments – strings, brass – from time to time. That effect adds to the music’s persuasiveness, heightening one’s curiosity about the composer’s work in other media.

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Sa., 14.11.2015, 18h, Katholische Akademie, Hannoversche Str. 5, Berlin-Mitte

PASSIO et Mors Domini Nostri Iesu Christi Secundum Ioannem

Dariusz Przybylski [PL] (*1984)



The   P A S S I O   T O U R   kicked off in Berlin before heading to Gdansk, Konin, and Gorzow to mark the launch of the ensemble’s acclaimed double CD, PASSIO, with music from Polish composer Dariusz Przybylski. (You can purchase the CD through our webshop.)

So., 06.04.2014, 18h, St. Ansgar, Berlin

PASSIO et Mors Domini Nostri Iesu Christi Secundum Ioannem

Dariusz Przybylski [PL] (*1984) 


Di., 08.04.2014, Gdańsk, Polen

in Rahmen des “Gdański Festiwal Muzyczny”

PASSIO et Mors Domini Nostri Iesu Christi Secundum Ioannem

Dariusz Przybylski [PL] (*1984) 

Sa., 12.04.2014, Konin, Polen

PASSIO et Mors Domini Nostri Iesu Christi Secundum Ioannem

Dariusz Przybylski [PL] (*1984) 


So., 13.04.2014, Gorzów Wielkopolski, Polen

PASSIO et Mors Domini Nostri Iesu Christi Secundum Ioannem

Dariusz Przybylski [PL] (*1984)

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Sa. 22.03.2014, 18h, Katholische Akademie, Berlin-Mitte
Thierry Escaich [FR] (*1965) – Ad Ultimas Laudes
Ruth Wiesenfeld [DE] (*1972) – Imanijala
Dariusz Przybylski [PL] (*1984)
– …Et Desiderabunt Mori…
– De Profundis aus PASSIO
– Stabat Mater aus PASSIO

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Review of CD Passio in Crescendo Magazine

CD: Dariusz Przybylski’s “PASSIO”

Ein Werk für Chor a Capella zu schreiben, das länger als 80 Minuten dauert, und dieses faszinierend zu schaffen, das ist für jeden Komponisten eine Herausförderung. Der sehr junge Dariusz Przybylski (31) wurde in Polen geboren und studierte in Deutschland bei York Höller und Wolfgang Rihm. 2012 wurde er Komponist in Residenz bei dem Ensemble PHØNIX16, 16-Stimmen-Ensemble, das 2012 in Berlin gegründet wurde.

[…] Als Solist oder als Gruppe, arbeitet jeder Sänger ausgesprochen gut mit seinen Kollegen zusammen. Sie schaffen einen homogenen und präzisen Klang, dank eine bemerkenswerte Farben- und Dynamikpalette.  Der Wunsch nach Innovation und Kreation ist sehr wahrscheinlich Zentral in dem Arbeitsprozess. Das Werk – die Konstruktion der Motive und die allgemeine Form – wurde verstanden, und jeder Ton ins Gefecht geführt. Mehr als 80 Minuten Musik, die wir sehr gerne Live hören würden, so erschütternd das Werk ist.

– Ayrton Desimpelaere, März 2015
(Übersetzung: Sonia Lescène)