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GÓRECKI, H.: Symphony No. 3 / 3 Olden Style Pieces (Kilanowicz, Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit)

Composer(s):Gorecki, Henryk Mikolaj
Artist(s) Wit, Antoni, Conductor • Polish National Radio Symphony OrchestraKilanowicz, Zofia, soprano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category OrchestralVocal
Catalogue 8.550822
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By Paul Cook,,November 2010

The current Schwann catalog lists nine versions of Górecki's phenomenally popular Symphony 3 (Sorrowful Songs) composed in 1976. During his early career, Górecki embraced serialism and concentrated on instrumental sonorities in the vein of Messiaen. But in Symphony 3, his atonality disappears into a strategy of gently mounting thematic pitches, taking the strings through all possible registers. All three movements are marked lento, rare for any symphony. The Elektra Nonesuch recording has tended to be the bestseller, but give this Naxos release a try--it's just as good. The sound is excellent and the performances are above reproach.

Review By CD Review,

"as though his Polish forces had special insights denied to foreigners"

Review By Classic CD,

"this disc seems a clear first choice"

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Zofia Kilanowicz on Naxos has also obviously become immersed in the word-settings. In the work’s closing section, with its hint of a gentle but remorseless tolling bell, Wit achieves a mood of simple serenity, even forgiveness. The Three Pieces in Olden Style make a fine postlude, the second with its dance figurations, the third with its fierce tremolando violins, like shafts of bright light, suddenly resolving to a very positive ending. All in all, this seems in many ways a ‘best buy’.


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