Friday, April 15, 2011

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's Symphony 3, Mvt. 2 Performed by Zofia Kilanowicz and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Directed by Gilbert Levine


The "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs," "one of the surprise classical hits of the 1990's," whose text comes from a young girl's Catholic prayer scrawled on a concentration camp wall in Oświęcim, directed by a conductor "whose grandparents emigrated from Poland and whose mother-in-law was a survivor of Auschwitz" and who "enjoyed a unique, and unlikely relationship with the Polish-born John Paul, one that led him in 1994 to become the first American Jew to be granted a papal knighthood" — How a Jewish conductor spread the word for JPII. A remarkable documentary film telling the same story by Aleksandra Bajka — Sir Gilbert Levine: "The Pope's Maestro":


"There was more to Górecki than the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs," rightly noted Tom Service in his obituary last year. Indeed, which is why I will take the opportunity to repost this remarkable piece, one of my favorites, with which I marked the composer's passing — H.M. Górecki's Concerto for Harpsichord and String Orchestra, Elżbieta Chojnacka, Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia, Antoni Wit:

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