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Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki (1933-2010)

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Gorecki, Szabelski & Knapik: Works for Orchestra

Gorecki, Szabelski & Knapik: Works for Orchestra


Gorecki:

Refrain for orchestra

Knapik:

Islands

Szabelski:

Concertino


The Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk

“The orchestra plays magnificently and, as one might expect, seem totally convinced by the music. They give performances of one hundred per cent commitment.” MusicWeb International, August 2012

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Gorecki: Beatus vir & Symphony No. 2

Gorecki: Beatus vir & Symphony No. 2


Gorecki:

Beatus Vir, Op. 38

Symphony No. 2, Op. 31, 'Copernican'


Andrzej Dobber (baritone), Zofia Kilanowicz (soprano)

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Polish Radio Choir, Silesian Philharmonic Choir, Antoni Wit

"If you find Gorecki a compelling artistic voice--and I do--then these performances will be a worthy addition to your library, if not quite as emotionally harrowing an experience as Symphony No. 3. The ethnic connections on this Naxos release run deep: Copernicus was Polish, Beatus vir was commissioned by the Polish Pope, John Paul II (when he was still Cardinal of Cracow), and these artists, uniformly first-rate, are Polish as well. Baritone Andrzej Dobber turns between despondency and strength as the psalms call for, and soprano Zofia Kilanowicz has an appealingly warm tone. Antoni Wit has an admirable track record with Naxos, and this recording is another win for him. The sound is excellent: very focused and rich." - Anastasia Tsioulcas Classics Today September 23, 2001

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Górecki: Concerto-Cantata

Górecki: Concerto-Cantata


Gorecki:

Concerto-Cantata, Op. 65

World Première Recording

Carol Wincenc (flute) & Anna Górecka (piano)

Kleines Requiem fur eine Polka, Op. 66

Anna Górecka (piano)

Three dances, Op. 34

Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings, Op. 40

version for piano and orchestra

Anna Górecka (piano)


Górecki is an important figure in Polish music, and his Third Symphony is one of the great ‘success stories’ in all twentieth century symphonic music. This deeply moving quality permeates his other works, but he was also a more ambiguous, interesting composer. These four works showcase different aspects of his art in a broad ranging approach. The nearest match in the current catalog is Nonesuch, which has issued the Harpsichord Concerto coupled with the Little Requiem, but our disc presents the piano version of the Concerto. Anna Górecka’s piano recording of the same concerto is on Conifer but in a mixed recital coupled with Bacewicz and Shostakovich. Antoni Wit is a master of this repertoire and his international reputation is growing all the time.

“The Concerto-Cantata (1992) receives its premiere recording here, and the Warsaw Philharmonic does it full justice, playing equally convincingly and intensely in the severe, concentrated slow sections and the all-out loud and fast episodes. Carol Wincenc plays the prominent flute part expressively” BBC Music Magazine, September 2012 *****

“[The Three Dances and Harpsichord Concerto] show a side to Gorecki that has often been forgotten since the success of the Third Symphony but is still to be found in his later works - open, eclectic, witty and ironic.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012

“Anna Górecka, the composer’s daughter, turns in a roller-coaster of a performance of the concerto...Most importantly, though, she plays the work with total commitment, and if ultimately this listener finds the work unconvincing, it is most certainly not the fault of this brilliant player. The playing of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under Antoni Wit in all four works cannot be faulted.” MusicWeb International, August 2012

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Gorecki: From Church Songs

Gorecki: From Church Songs

for unaccompanied mixed choir


The Cracow Singers, Włodzimierz Siedlik

World premiere recordings of twenty Church Songs for a cappella Choir, adapted by Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki.

Written mostly in May and June 1986.

Most of the original old melodies (some dating back to the 14th century) were taken from 'Church Songbooks' by Rev. Jan Siedlecki 'Church Songs' are well in agreement with the general outline of the composer's oeuvre.

“The performances are alive to the slightest nuance of this music, which, though 'simple', is never simplistic, and leaves nowhere to hide. Tone is pure but full, great attention is paid to dynamic shading and, of course, to the enunciation of text.” International Record Review, March 2014

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Gorecki: O Domina Nostra

Gorecki: O Domina Nostra


Bryars:

The Black River

Gorecki:

O Domina nostra, Op. 55

Milhaud:

Preludes I & II

Satie:

Messe des Pauvres


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Gorecki: Symphony No. 3 & Three Pieces in the Old Style

Gorecki: Symphony No. 3 & Three Pieces in the Old Style


Gorecki:

Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 'Symphony of Sorrowful Songs'

Three Pieces in the Old Style


“This disc seems a clear first choice.” Classic CD

“This recording is virtually as good as the betterknown Zinman version. The performance is exceptionally fine, although the acoustic is more resonant, the orchestral choirs less closely balanced and Antoni Wit isn't as meticulous as Zinman in his observance of minor details.
Interpretatively, Wit leaves the more austere impression. His relative inwardness squares convincingly with the symphony's harrowing texts and 'Sorrowful Songs' sub-title. If spectacular singing is your main priority, then Upshaw's is the vocal tour de force. Zofia Kilanowicz displays stronger lower registers and a brilliant, bleached-white soprano that reflects the score's innate pathos, its sense of shock. Her enunciation is more idiomatic, while her partial suspension of vibrato is a powerful interpretative ploy. What's most impressive about this performance is its spirituality; and given the overall excellence of the recording, the conducting and the singing, it's strongly recommended, particularly to those who have yet to discover the Symphony's hypnotic sound-world. It's also commended to those who do know the work but who find Upshaw and Zinman too 'plush'.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Górecki: The 3 String Quartets

Górecki: The 3 String Quartets


Gorecki:

String Quartet No. 1, Op. 62 'Already it is dusk'

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 64 'Quasi una fantasia'

String Quartet No. 3, Op. 67 '...songs are sung'


Henryk Górecki’s intriguing string quartets, all commissions from the Kronos Quartet of San Francisco, signified a new creative phase in his music. The stark contrasts that had been at the heart of Górecki’s compositional thinking in the 1950s and 1960s re-emerged in his chamber music of the mid 1980s and are prevalent in these works. Fans of Górecki will be familiar with the compositional devices employed such as open fifths, sustained rocking motifs, and the juxtaposition of dissonance and consonance.

In these distinctive quartets both Beethoven and Szymanowski’s well documented influences on the composer are apparent as well as his fascination with the folk cultures of Southern Poland, with the frequent incorporation of folk derived themes.

Following their acclaimed release of the Szymanowski/Rózycki String Quartets (CDA67684) the Royal String Quartet return for their second Hyperion recording. The young Polish Quartet, renowned for the championing of music from their homeland, display an astonishing range of colour, finesse and attack in these intelligent interpretations.

“The Royal Quartet is outstanding in every respect...The sheer poise of the playing in the last movement of the Third, never slackening for a moment, is absolutely remarkable...This is an outstanding tribute to a great composer.” International Record Review, April 2011

“The Polish members of the Royal Quartet penetrate the core of the three string quartets by their compatriot Górecki. They’re tougher on the ear than his renowned Third Symphony, though stamped with the same stark simplicity. Each piece swings between concord, dissonance, calm and fury, with Polish folk music lurking on the horizon.” The Times, 9th April 2011 ****

“The quartets were commissioned by Kronos...but the Royal's performances rival them with playing that is passionate and sharp-edged, capturing the emotional depth and intensity of the music equally vividly.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2011 *****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - June 2011

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Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei

Early and Modern Polish Sacred Music


Chrzanowa:

Protexisti me, Deus

Gorecki:

Totus Tuus, Op. 60

Jasinski:

Psalm 100

Kilar:

Agnus Dei

Koszewski:

Zdrowas, Królewno Wyborna

Penderecki:

Agnus Dei (1981)

(trans. for string orchestra by Boris Pergamenschikow)

Swider:

Cantus gloriosus

Waclaw:

Juz sie zmierzka

Zielenski:

Magnificat for 3 choirs

Viderunt omnes fines terra

Magna est gloria Eius (na 2 chóry)


The Silesian Philharmonic Choir, Waldemar Sutryk

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Antoni Wit Conducts Henry Górecki

Antoni Wit Conducts Henry Górecki


Gorecki:

Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 'Symphony of Sorrowful Songs'

Zofia Kilanowicz (soprano)

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Three Pieces in the Old Style

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Beatus Vir, Op. 38

Andrzej Dobber (baritone), Zofia Kilanowicz (soprano)

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Polish Radio Choir & Silesian Philharmonic Choir

Symphony No. 2, Op. 31, 'Copernican'

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Concerto-Cantata, Op. 65

World Première Recording

Carol Wincenc (flute) & Anna Górecka (piano)

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Kleines Requiem fur eine Polka, Op. 66

Anna Górecka (piano)

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Three dances, Op. 34

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings, Op. 40

version for piano and orchestra

Anna Górecka (piano)

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra


A leading figure of the Polish avant-garde in the slowly cooling, post-Stalin atmosphere, Henry Górecki’s uncompromising early, serialist, musical language gave way to the mystic and timeless scores from the 1970s onwards, including his symphonies. The contemplative and emotionally draining Symphony No. 3 achieved unprecedented popularity years after its composition. This overview provides as essential look into one of Poland’s greatest masters of that country’s turbulent 20th century.

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Bialo

Bialo


Gorecki:

Three Pieces in the Old Style

Kilar:

Orawa

Lutosławski:

Pięć melodii ludowych

Moryto:

Cztery utwory w polskim stylu

Twardowski:

Tryptyk Mariacki


Sinfonia Academica Chamber Orchestra, Leszek Sokołowski

A question that is often asked – “What is the essence of Polish music?” If a gauge of Polishness in music is a connection with Polish folk tradition then much repertoire is lost because of a lack of this link. This release on the DUX label is the very repertoire that falls into that category – written by Polish composers of the second half of the twentieth century. An important time, not only in the history of Poland, but in the development of their musical culture. Features a glorious World Premiere Recording by Stanisław Moryto.

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