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Gorecki: Symphony No 3 / Zinman, Upshaw, London Sinfonietta [blu-ray]

Gorecki / London Sinfonietta / Zinman / Upshaw
Release Date: 10/30/2015 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 109173  
Composer:  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Performer:  Dawn Upshaw
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Number of Discs: 1 
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In the darkest days of the Solidarity Movement, when military rule almost destroyed democracy in Poland, the music of Henryk Górecki was the most eloquent voice of protest, a rallying cry for the oppressed, a symbol of hope. It is probably this reason which accounts for his music’s incredible popularity in what was Eastern Europe. Further afield, his “Third Symphony” has been a musical sensation. It was in September 1992 that the recording by the London Sinfonietta, conducted by David Zinman, with Dawn
Read more Upshaw as the solo soprano, began to enter the public’s consciousness. The symphony surged up the music charts to reach the No. 1 spot in the classical album list and, quite incredibly, reached No. 6 in the popular album chart as well. Górecki wrote the symphony in 1976 at a time when he was a ‘nonperson’ in the political sense and his music was banned in his native Katowice, some twenty minutes from Auschwitz. In 1970 he found a book about the German occupation. In the footnotes there was an example of the different messages scratched on the walls of the prison and he found one particular message from a young girl. Her words were very simple, “Mama, don’t cry.” It was these words which inspired the “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”. This emotional, disturbing and powerful film by the award-winning director Tony Palmer includes a performance of the “Third Symphony” by The London Sinfonietta, Dawn Upshaw and David Zinman.

HENRYK GÓRECKI – The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs
(Blu-ray Disc Version)

A film by Tony Palmer

Dawn Upshaw, soprano
London Sinfonietta
David Zinman, conductor

Picture format: 1080/60i (Upscale) 4:3
Sound format: PCM Stereo
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Audio Languages: Polish, German
Subtitles: English, German, French, Japanese, Korean
Running time: 53 mins (film) + 60 mins (bonus)
No. of Discs: 1 (BD 25)
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 3, Op. 36 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" by Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Performer:  Dawn Upshaw (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; Poland 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  CTS Studios, London 
Length: 53 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Polish 

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