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A great performance of a masterpiece,
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This review is from: Gorecki:Symphony No.3 (Audio CD)This is the music of heartbreak, sorrow and redemption, echoing Polish history in the twentieth century. Its centrepoint, sung with soaring ecstasy by Dawn Upshaw, is a prayer to Mary by one of the victims (who thankfully survived) of Gestapo persecution. It has also become associated with the Holocaust (it was sung by Isabel Bayrakdarian in the recent Auschwitz commemoration).
My only reservation with the work is the last movement, perhaps rather too long and anticlimatic after the intensity of what has come before. But listen to the simplicity and spiritual quality of the first movement, the two orchestral parts of mirror each other; and the radiance of the prayer that follows, and reflect again on the dark days of the 1940s when the forces of evil rampaged throughout Europe.
This was deservedly a best seller - and, pace the Amazon reviewer above - Gorecki has written other popular (and approachable) works: try his Totus Tuus, written for the late Pope's visit to Poland.
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Initial post: 4 Feb 2009 13:17:19 GMT
I saw the the actual programme on the television in 1992, and I have never forgotten it. Dawn Upshaw just stood on the stage and sang to the tragic music of Gorecki. I cried then and I still cry now. I have once more been watching the story of Auschwitz and it was here that Gorecki went when he was a boy of ten. He wondered around the then deserted sheds and saw writing on the walls. One of the writing said, "where are you my son? Are you safe, oh that I could hold you in my arms." Maybe not those exact words but they are the words I remember most. Dawn Upshaw was singing in Polish and there was sub titles. Gorecki himself was telling of his reasons for writing the different movements. I feel sure it must have been The South Bank Show, for I remember the programme being handed over to Gorecki himself by Melvyn Bragg. I still play the music and it is used a lot as the accompanying music to many programmes on the subject. I am wondering if the South Bank Show still has the programme canned. I will try to find out. Dawn Upshaw is a welcome guest on many of the classic music programmes on BBC. Radio 3 and Friday Night is music Night on BBC. Radio 2. "Symphony for Sorrowful Songs is a must for all collections, but knowing the story behind it is as important to its listening as the arrangement. There is a good booklet inside the original cassette and CD, do try to make sure you get the booklet with the CD.
Seligor of Seligor's Castle. Enjoy
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Sep 2009 09:06:09 BDT
Seligor, This is a beautiful tribute to what has become a classic work remembering what happened to Poland during the War. I write this on the 70th anniversary to the day of Britain' s entry into the War and two days after the attack on Danzig referred to the programme notes to this CD
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