Gorecki: Symphony No. 3

Gorecki: Symphony No. 3 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs"

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Gorecki: Symphony No. 3 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs"

It is a testament to the beauty and hypnotic power of Gorecki's Third Symphony that this album lived up to, and even surpassed, the hype that surrounded its release. In the spring of 1993, it soared into the top ten of the British pop charts and topped classical music sales, lending sudden and phenomenal fame to this hitherto little-known composer of the Polish avant-garde. Yet this "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs," as it is subtitled, is no lightweight crossover work, but a serious composition of quiet emotional force made up of monumental gestures, arching melodies, and massive, Brucknerian stretches of development. Gorecki sets three laments about motherhood -- including a 15th-century Polish prayer and a Polish folk song -- and creates a mystical musical journey from light into darkness and back. David Zinman directs the London Sinfonietta in a radiant performance, and soprano Dawn Upshaw sings the Polish texts with shimmering clarity.

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Release Date: 05/05/1992
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597928228
catalogNumber: 79282
Rank: 64313


  1. Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs")

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Gorecki: Symphony No. 3 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is music at its best. Dawn Upshaw sings like an angel. The most enthralling piece of music I have heard in so many years!!! Just buy the thing!!!!
Colorado_Magpie More than 1 year ago
An extraordinary piece from a little-known composer, worthy of it's near-cult status.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I purchased this CD was on a whim from a ''music club.'' That was over seven years ago. I have since purchased and given many copies away as gifts. No one has ever been disappointed. It is, at once, sad and beautiful. Buy this CD, chase everyone out of you house, sit in the middle of you listening room, close your eyes and let the music wash over you. Then you will understand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say? Dawn Upshaw sings like an angel - this is music for the front porch!!! Gorecki rocks!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like a rain on a field of nameless dreams, it transcends inner secrets and voids any needs, and imerses one into needing nothing but enough time to complete a thougt: this piece should never end!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is the most clinging music I have ever heard buiding to a height and then diminishing to a closing much like a the dawning of a dawn...
Guest More than 1 year ago
While the first movement alone is beautiful and would be well worth the price of the CD, the second movement is that rare beauty that speaks directly to the fragility and longing in all of us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was recently asked what my favorite piece of music was and I found myself thinking only of this exceptional recording. I love Dawn Upshaw. The second movement ROCKS MY WORLD. Everyone should own it...I give it as a gift to friends. I sound like a commercial - but it's that good.
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