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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning recording,
Much less familiar than the famous Dawn Upshaw recording, this is in many ways even better than that superb recording. Here the orchestra is recorded to better and fuller effect, with the basses and cellos given wonderful prominence particularly in the First Movement. Joanna Kozlowska gives a heart-rending performance. For anyone who wants their appetite for this important work whetted anew, I strongly recommend this. Perhaps it is the pure Polishness of the performers -- one feels this is the whole tragic 20th century history of Poland being unfolded before one. Quite marvellous.
39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, sombre and beautiful.,
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This is a dark and sombre symphony but don't let that put you off. If ever a piece of music was guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end, this is it. You can feel the pain in Gorecki's music and Kozlowska's voice simply soars. An essential CD for your collection.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorecki with heart and soul,
This is a moving and cleanly recorded performance. Koslowska has a more vibrant and emotive voice than the more familiar and rather over-played 'Clasic FM' version. She beautifully conveys more of the pain and feeling that lie behind the piece. These are 'Sorrowful Songs', and complete serenity, after all, may not be what most people associate with holocaust. The Warsaw Philharmonic too have obvious reasons to put their heart into this powerful music. This is a haunting recording.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gorecki symphony no.3,
brilliant music even if your not a classic ,music lover.
the story behind the theme of the whole symphony needs to be understood.
such emotion and no hatred of the oppressors that begat the writing of such a masterpiece.
it makes me cry. thats all i can say.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful piece, good version.,
I am very fond of this piece, and this recording also my expectations. Good orchestra and solist interpret this sad piece very well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting requiem,
If you haven't heard it this is a haunting piece of music that moves everyone who hears it. I think it is one of those pieces of music that elevates its composer into the genius bracket.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars,
5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tragic,
Made me cry on classic FM when I was doing the washing up, I was just able to write down the title.
Play it quiet and it is relaxing, crank it up loud and it can be scary.
As another reviewer says it sounds like a polish history, grim and tragic but not angry, a very special piece of music.
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Górecki Symphony No. 3,
Incredible piece of music. Always takes me to a wonderful place then sets me back down in the real world again feeling nurtured and content. This production is good although I haven't compared it to any others.
2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GORECKI SYMPHONY OF SAD THINGS,
BEAUTIFUL, SLOW, A TOUCH OF SADNESS (SYMPHONY OF SAD THINGS), EASY TO LISTEN...A GREAT RECORD TO RELAX WITH
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Gorecki: Symphony No.3 - "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" by Joanna Koslowska and Kazimierz Kord and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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