The most famous performance is the one with The London Sinfonietta,
conducted by David Zinman, and with Dawn Upshaw, soprano. Tony Palmer made
a film on the 3rd Symphony , Góreckis Testimony. A heartbreaking mix
of music, pictures and comments of the composer himself. You can buy this
film directly from Tony Palmer, London. A must have. By the way :
Góreckis Beatus Vir, and Three pieces in the old style
are World famous, too.
Verzonden: woensdag 1 december 2010 12:27
Onderwerp: [Kresy-Siberia] Gorecki - death 12 nov 2010
Hope this isn't off topic, but you must know this, if you don't already
Gorecki's death is mourned around the world today because of one work, his
Third Symphony (there would, in the end, be no Fourth), "Symfonia piesni
zalosnych," Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. He completed it in 1976. It was
highly regarded in Poland and widely mocked within the tiny microcosm, and
made no further waves until Elektra Nonesuch released a new recording in
1992 and Peter Weir used part of it in the soundtrack for the climactic
plane-crash scene in his odd, lovely 1993 film Fearless.
Radio stations started playing it. It wound up selling a million copies.
There's a tale, perhaps apocryphal, of traffic jams in Los Angeles because
drivers heard it on their car radio, started to weep and had to pull over
The words are from a Prayer of the eighteen-year-old Helena Wanda
Blazusiakowna, inscribed on the wall of a Gestapo cell in Zakopane
Mamo, nie placz, nie,
Niebios Przeczysta Królowo,
Ty zawsze wspieraj mnie.
Mother, no, do not cry,
Queen of Heaven most chaste
Help me always.
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