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Henryk Górecki: From Church Songs, for unaccompanied mxed choir / The Cracow Singers

Album Summary

>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Piesni koscielne (Church Songs) (21), for chorus
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

  • 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 Cracow Singers in Tribute to H.M. Gorecki - Wlodzimierz Siedlik - artistic director and conductor

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
The notes are in English. Solemn and the songs sound like the perfect accompaniment for a reverent approach to the communion rail or to the altar to venerate a statue of the Holy Madonna. The singing is as reverently introspective as the music. It's just beautiful.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of the Mother of God from Fatima in Cracow (05/20/2013-05/23/2013).


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Works Details

>Henryk Mikolaj Górecki (Composer) (1933 - 2010) : Piesni koscielne (Church Songs) (21), for chorus
  • Conductor: Wlodzimierz Siedlik
  • Ensemble: Cracow Singers
  • Notes: Church of the Mother of God from Fatima in Cracow (05/20/2013-05/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986