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4.0 out of 5 stars Divine Misery, 17 Nov 2010
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This review is from: Górecki: Miserere (Audio CD)
I write this saddened by the knowledge that Gorecki is no longer here, but thankful that he has left some memorable music as his testament. To my mind, this, along with his compelling 3rd Symphony, are two such pieces. The Miserere was written during Polish unrest in 1981, when under the yoke of the Soviet Union. For unaccompanied choir, it is an atmospheric, intense and utterly compelling piece. The work begins in layered thirds until the dynamic climax is sung in ten parts: emotionally compelling, and highly addictive.
The other pieces have less intensity, but their greater simplicity is expressive and measured, and richly melodic.The recording is warm, but a little cloudy, so only 4 stars. Well recommended.(Penguin Guide ***) If you are unfamiliar with the 3rd Symphony, an outstanding bargain is Górecki - Symphony No 3; Olden Style Pieces
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!, 15 Aug 2013
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An amazing album. Such moving music. I brought tears to my eyes. I cannot recommend his piece of music enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Profound, 25 Jan 2011
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Having visited Auschwitz some eight years ago, I was able to return to that place in my inner mind when I played his special symphony. Gorecki's music is authentic in that, as I understand it, he sat outside the camp on the ground letting the 'soil' run through his hands. And he remarked on the stillness and what everyone notices - the dearth of small birds. It is inevitable that this CD has echoes of this work and is both startling and contemplative. His music is appropriate for a very sacred space. That place where we all meditate. And, his music is deeply, emotional.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Kid on the Block, 15 Sep 2013
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I have suddenly 'found' Gorecki. amazing music. I have two other CDs which are as good as this one. Looking for more
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, 23 May 2014
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the man is so underated as a modern composer,however they are very sombre and movng,I recommend this cd to anyone
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorecki Miserere, 15 Feb 2013
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Replacement for a much loved copy.
Arrived very quickly,excellent service
It is such an easy way of getting CD's,especially Classical music ones
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