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Henryk Mikolaj Górecki

Publisher: Chester Music

Symphony No. 3 'Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs' (1976)
Work Notes
All territories except Poland, Albania, Bulgaria, China, countries of the former Czechoslovakia, Croatia and the rest of the former territory of Yugoslavia, Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam, Romania, Hungary and the whole territory of the former USSR, where the copyright is held by Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne, and North America and Canada, where the copyright is held by Boosey & Hawkes Inc.
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd (Polish Works)
Category
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
1976
Duration
54 Minutes
Soloist
soprano


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Programme Note
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki Symphony No. 3 'Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs' (1976)
Texts: I. anon., mid-15C 'Holy Cross Lament', verse 4; II. Helena Wanda Blanzusiakówna, Graffito, 9/25/1944; III: anon. Opole folksong, c. 1919-21

  • Ensemble
    Katowice Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Conductor
    Antoni Wit
    NAXOS:
  • Ensemble
    London Sinfonietta
    Soloist(s)
    D. Upshaw, soprano
    Conductor
    David Zinman
  • Ensemble
    Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Z. Kilanowicz, soprano
    Conductor
    J. Swoboda
  • Ensemble
    Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    J. Kozlowska, soprano
    Conductor
    Kazimierz Kord
  • Ensemble
    Warsaw National Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
    Conductor
    Karol Teutsch
    OLYMPIA:
  • Ensemble
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Conductor
    Yuri Simonov
    TRIN:
  • Ensemble
    Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Yvonne Kenny
    Conductor
    Takuo Yuasa
    ABC Classics:
  • Ensemble
    Sinfonia Varsovia
    Soloist(s)
    Ingrid Perruche, soprano
    Conductor
    Alain Altinoglu
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Atherton, an early champion of the work, sculpted its long contrapuntal lines with due care for the subtle instrumentation (string dominated, but with other instruments secreted within) and the emotional weight of the simplest chord change ... a moving performance, and a still powerful work.
Geoff Brown, The Times,8/26/2005
Górecki's symphony presents an immense challenge for the performers, with its endlessly repeated chords and simple modal melodies, but it is far from abstract. It consists of a setting of two lamenting prayers, and a folk song about a mother grieving for her lost son that is unbearably poignant just to read on the page. Górecki brilliantly places the first text as an interruption of a vast slow fugue, which rises from the depths of the strings and sinks back again in a perfect mirror of itself. The two vocal movements were better paced, and sung with great poignancy by Yvonne Kenny. Górecki's symphony revealed to be no passing fad, but a remarkable and deeply moving piece.
Ivan Hewett, Daily Telegraph,6/29/2004
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