Notes & Reviews:
Gorecki (1933 - 2010) became best known for his Symphony No.3, the 'Symphony of Sorrowful Songs' that became a hit in the 1990s, tapping into a new hunger in the listening public for serious new music that was melodically inspired and spiritual in sensibility. The Kleines Requiem für eine Polka (1993) is scored for a chamber ensemble and is an instrumental Requiem in which words are felt to be otiose to the direct expression of grief and consolation. The Lerchenmusik (1984) taps a similarly elegiac vein with smaller forces and Classical restraint: clarinet, violin and piano. The interplay of fast tempos with sections so slow as to be virtually motionless, extremes of loudness and softness is highly characteristic of Gorecki and suggests a stylistic debt to his teacher Messiaen.
... this is a reissue of material originally appearing on the Philips label and is offered at budget cost. The entire production, including Bernard Jacobson's invaluable notes, is fully up to the standards of a full-priced CD.
Recording information: Amsterdam (11/1993).
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Works DetailsHenryk Mikolaj Górecki (Composer) (1933 - 2010) : Kleines Requiem for a Polka, for piano & 13 instruments, Op. 66
- Conductor: Reinbert Leeuw
- Ensemble: Schoenberg Ensemble
- Running Time: 22 min. 55 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Written: 1993
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki (Composer) (1933 - 2010) : Lerchenmusik for clarinet, cello & piano, Op. 53 ("Recitatives & Ariosos")
- Performers: Reinbert Leeuw (Piano); Larissa Groeneveld (Cello); Harmen Boer (Clarinet)
- Running Time: 43 min. 18 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Written: 1984-1986