‘Sorrow’ is an incredible, adventurous reworking of Gorécki’s epic third symphony.
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki (1933-2010) was a Polish composer, whose name and music remained largely unknown in the West until the fall of communism in the 1980s.
Life and Music
- Górecki finally achieved fame in the 1990s with the recording of his Third Symphony – ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’ by soprano Dawn Upshaw and the London Sinfonietta. Since its release in 1992, the recording has sold over a million copies worldwide.
- Henryk Górecki’s compositional style was far more experimental in the early stage of his career.
- His training at Katowice Academy of Music led to his Symphony No. 1 and Scontri, both of which were characterised by a harsh, inharmonious sound.
- Despite achieving fame later in life, his music has gone on to touch the lives of many and his legacy will undoubtedly live on.
By the mid-1970s, a growing love of Polish folk music and medieval Polish chants mellowed Górecki’s music. His dedication to the Catholic Church led to a search for greater purity and a more transparent style.
Stunning, mournful and meditative. And on a saxophone.
Find out more about Górecki's Symphony No.3 (‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’). Watch and listen to different recordings and download your favourite.
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