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Górecki: Symphony No 3, Etc / Simonov, Royal Po


Release Date: 11/27/2007 
Label:  Regis   Catalog #: 1284   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Performer:  Susan Gritton
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Henryk Górecki is one of a generation of composers who have embraced tonality and the late 19th/early 20th-century "classical" tradition, yet is aware of and has absorbed what has happened since. There are elements of the minimalism of Philip Glass and Steve Reich, as well as pre-16th-century liturgical music. Górecki's Third Symphony (1976) has a folk-like simplicity to it, recalling Samuel Barber (especially the 'Adagio For Strings'), Johann Pachebel and Terry Riley. It builds, gently and inexorably, gaining a profound sense of sadness - Susan Gritton's keening soprano gives voice to this feeling. The dense orchestration favors the string section, spinning a web of long melodic lines that swirl together. This symphony is a beautiful Read more distillation of sadness that completely avoids being overly somber, doomy or precious. 'Three Pieces in the Old Style' come from earlier in Górecki's development (1963). They are fine miniatures for strings, overtly recalling Britten, Walton and (a bit) Leonard Bernstein. At times, they point to the direction he would take decades later. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 3, Op. 36 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" by Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Performer:  Susan Gritton (Soprano)
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; Poland 
2. Pieces (3) in Old Style by Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; Poland 

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