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A spiritual odyssey from heartbreak to redemption
on 17 July 2002
While this is indeed a collection of sorrowful songs, it is more calming than harrowing. While one of the Amazon reviewers claims that none of Gorecki's other music resembles this, one should point out that his Miserere is just as moving, and just as slow moving, as the third symphony. This is music with huge emotional power, even for an utterly irreligious person like me. People who rarely listen to classical music and enjoy this should try Arvo Part's work or Schnittke's Choir Concerto and Requiem (on Hyperion). It will break then mend the stoutest heart.