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Henryk Górecki: A Nonesuch Retrospective - choral works, symphonies, string quartets, songs / various artists [7 CDs]

Album Summary

>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Lerchenmusik for clarinet, cello & piano, Op. 53 ("Recitatives & Ariosos")
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Symphony no 3, Op. 36 ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs")
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 62
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Quasi una Fantasia"), Op. 64
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Miserere, for chorus, Op. 44
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Amen for chorus, Op. 35
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Euntes Ibant et Flebant, for chorus, Op. 32
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Wislo Moja, Wislo Szara (My Vistula, Grey Vistula), folksong for chorus, Op. 46
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Szeroka Woda (Broad Waters), for chorus, Op. 39
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Kleines Requiem for a Polka, for piano & 13 instruments, Op. 66
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Concerto for harpsichord (or piano) & orchestra, Op. 40
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Good Night, requiem for soprano, alto flute, 3 tam-tams & piano, Op. 63
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Quartet for Strings no 3 ("...songs are sung"), Op. 67
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Symphony no 4, for orchestra with obbligato organ and piano ("Tansman Episodes"), Op. 85
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Nonesuch Records releases Henryk Górecki: A Nonesuch Retrospective , a seven-disc box set containing all Nonesuch recordings of Górecki works— Lerchenmusik ; Symphony No. 3 ; String Quartets Nos. 1, 2, and 3 ; Miserere ; Kleines Requiem für eine Polka ; Harpsichord Concerto ; and Good Night —as well as the first recording of the late composer's final work, Symphony No. 4 , Tansman Episodes, on January 22, 2016. The recording of Symphony No. 4, available both in the box and individually, was made during the 2014 world premiere performance at Royal Festival Hall with co-commissioner London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrey Boreyko. The piece, which pays homage to Górecki's fellow Polish composer Alexsander Tansman, was incomplete at the time of Górecki's 2010 death and thus missed its previously scheduled premiere. However the score had precise indications for orchestration, which Górecki's son Mikolaj, also a composer, used to complete it. The Daily Telegraph said the piece "caps Górecki's reputation as an orchestral composer, but it also contains some surprises. The music … features some brutal juxtapositions of massively powerful music with slow, intimate passages for solo instruments, including prominent parts for piano and organ."

Nonesuch Records releases Henryk Górecki: A Nonesuch Retrospective, a seven-disc box set containing all Nonesuch recordings of Górecki works - Lerchenmusik; Symphony No. 3; String Quartets Nos. 1, 2, and 3; Miserere; Kleines Requiem für eine Polka; Harpsichord Concerto; and Good Night - as well as the first recording of the late composer's final work, Symphony No. 4, Tansman Episodes, on January 22, 2016. The recording of Symphony No. 4, available both in the box and individually, was made during the 2014 world premiere performance at Royal Festival Hall with co-commissioner London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrey Boreyko. The piece, which pays homage to Górecki's fellow Polish composer Alexsander Tansman, was incomplete at the time of Górecki's 2010 death and thus missed its previously scheduled premiere. However the score had precise indications for orchestration, which Górecki's son Mikolaj, also a composer, used to complete it. The Daily Telegraph said the piece "caps Górecki's reputation as an orchestral composer, but it also contains some surprises. The music ... features some brutal juxtapositions of massively powerful music with slow, intimate passages for solo instruments, including prominent parts for piano and organ."

Born in 1933, Henryk Górecki spent most of his life in southern Poland. He was a leading composer of the Polish avant-garde in the 1950s and later reached a worldwide audience in the 1990s thanks to the success of his Symphony No. 3. The work was composed in 1976, and was at that time shocking in its tonality and simplicity, but it was with the release of the 1992 Nonesuch recording of the piece, featuring Dawn Upshaw and the London Sinfonietta, that it attracted international attention, selling more than a million copies and climbing to the top of the classical music charts in both the US and the UK. On the unexpected popularity of the piece, the composer remarked, "Perhaps people find something they need in this piece of music ... somehow I hit the right note, something they were missing. Something somewhere had been lost to them. I feel that I instinctively knew what they needed." The London Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1932 by Sir Thomas Beecham. Since then, its principal conductors have included Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt, and Kurt Masur. In 2007, Vladimir Jurowski became the Orchestra's principal conductor. The London Philharmonic Orchestra has been performing at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall since it opened in 1951, becoming resident orchestra in 1992. It also has residencies in Brighton and Eastbourne, and performs regularly around the UK. The Orchestra frequently tours abroad: highlights of the 2014 - 15 season included appearances across Europe, including Iceland, and tours to the USA (West and East Coasts), Canada, and China. The Orchestra broadcasts regularly on television and radio, and has recorded soundtracks for numerous films includingThe Lord of the Rings. In 2005 it began releasing live, studio, and archive recordings on its own CD label.

A seven-disc box set containing all Nonesuch recordings of works by acclaimed Polish composer Henryk Górecki.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints Church, Surrey, England (02/12/1994); CBS Studios, London (02/12/1994); CTS Studios, London (02/12/1994); Henry Wood Hall, London (02/12/1994); Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (02/12/1994); Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London (02/12/1994); St. Mary of the Angels Church, Chicago, IL (02/12/1994); All Saints Church, Surrey, England (04/12/2014); CBS Studios, London (04/12/2014); CTS Studios, London (04/12/2014); Henry Wood Hall, London (04/12/2014); Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (04/12/2014); Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London (04/12/2014); St. Mary of the Angels Church, Chicago, IL (04/12/2014); All Saints Church, Surrey, England (04/25/1994-04/27/1994); CBS Studios, London (04/25/1994-04/27/1994); CTS Studios, London (04/25/1994-04/27/1994); Henry Wood Hall, London (04/25/1994-04/27/1994); Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (04/25/1994-04/27/1994); Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London (04/25/1994-04/27/1994); St. Mary of the Angels Church, Chicago, IL (04/25/1994-04/27/1994); All Saints Church, Surrey, England (05/1991); CBS Studios, London (05/1991); CTS Studios, London (05/1991); Henry Wood Hall, London (05/1991); Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (05/1991); Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London (05/1991); St. Mary of the Angels Church, Chicago, IL (05/1991); All Saints Church, Surrey, England (06/05/1993); CBS Studios, London (06/05/1993); CTS Studios, London (06/05/1993); Henry Wood Hall, London (06/05/1993); Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (06/05/1993); Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London (06/05/1993); St. Mary of the Angels Church, Chicago, IL (06/05/1993); All Saints Church, Surrey, England (07/1990); CBS Studios, London (07/1990); CTS Studios, London (07/1990); Henry Wood Hall, London (07/1990); Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (07/1990); Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London (07/1990); St. Mary of the Angels Church, Chicago, IL (07/1990); All Saints Church, Surrey, England (08/01/2006-08/03/2006); CBS Studios, London (08/01/2006-08/03/2006); CTS Studios, London (08/01/2006-08/03/2006); Henry Wood Hall, London (08/01/2006-08/03/2006); Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (08/01/2006-08/03/2006); Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London (08/01/2006-08/03/2006); St. Mary of the Angels Church, Chicago, IL (08/01/2006-08/03/2006); All Saints Church, Surrey, England (08/1992); CBS Studios, London (08/1992); CTS Studios, London (08/1992); Henry Wood Hall, London (08/1992); Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (08/1992); Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London (08/1992); St. Mary of the Angels Church, Chicago, IL (08/1992); All Saints Church, Surrey, England (12/10/1989-12/11/1989); CBS Studios, London (12/10/1989-12/11/1989); CTS Studios, London (12/10/1989-12/11/1989); Henry Wood Hall, London (12/10/1989-12/11/1989); Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (12/10/1989-12/11/1989); Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London (12/10/1989-12/11/1989); St. Mary of the Angels Church, Chicago, IL (12/10/1989-12/11/1989); All Saints Church, Surrey, England (12/17/1994); CBS Studios, London (12/17/1994); CTS Studios, London (12/17/1994); Henry Wood Hall, London (12/17/1994); Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (12/17/1994); Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London (12/17/1994); St. Mary of the Angels Church, Chicago, IL (12/17/1994).



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>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Lerchenmusik for clarinet, cello & piano, Op. 53 ("Recitatives & Ariosos")
  • Performers: Michael Collins (Clarinet); John Constable (Piano); Christopher Kampen (Cello)
  • Ensemble: London Sinfonietta Soloists
  • Notes: CBS Studios, London (12/10/1989-12/11/1989)
  • Running Time: 40 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984-1986

>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Symphony no 3, Op. 36 ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs")
  • Performer: Dawn Upshaw
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Running Time: 53 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1976

>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 62 :: Deciso; Molto Lento-Tranquillo; Allegro Deciso - Gridando; Martellando
  • Running Time: 14 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1988

>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Quasi una Fantasia"), Op. 64
  • Running Time: 31 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1990

>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Miserere, for chorus, Op. 44
  • Performers: Mary Beatty (Soprano); Charles Olson; Edward Osaki; Kip Snyder; James Yarbrough
  • Conductor: John Nelson
  • Notes: St. Mary of the Angels Church, Chicago, IL (04/25/1994-04/27/1994)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1981

>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Amen for chorus, Op. 35
  • Performers: Mary Beatty (Soprano); Charles Olson; Edward Osaki; Kip Snyder; James Yarbrough
  • Conductor: John Nelson
  • Notes: St. Mary of the Angels Church, Chicago, IL (04/25/1994-04/27/1994)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Euntes Ibant et Flebant, for chorus, Op. 32
  • Performers: Mary Beatty (Soprano); Charles Olson; Edward Osaki; Kip Snyder; James Yarbrough
  • Conductor: John Nelson
  • Notes: St. Mary of the Angels Church, Chicago, IL (04/25/1994-04/27/1994)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1972

>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Wislo Moja, Wislo Szara (My Vistula, Grey Vistula), folksong for chorus, Op. 46
  • Conductor: Lucy Ding
  • Notes: St. Mary of the Angels Church, Chicago, IL (04/25/1994-04/27/1994)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1981

>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Szeroka Woda (Broad Waters), for chorus, Op. 39
  • Conductor: Lucy Ding
  • Notes: St. Mary of the Angels Church, Chicago, IL (04/25/1994-04/27/1994)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979

>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Kleines Requiem for a Polka, for piano & 13 instruments, Op. 66
  • Performers: Levine Andrade (Viola); Joan Atherton (Violin); Sebastian Bell (Flute); John Constable (Piano); Andrew Crowley (Trumpet); Anthony Halstead (Horn); James Holland (Tubular Bells); Christopher Kampen (Cello); Nona Liddell (Violin); Timothy Lines (Clarinet); Melinda Maxwell (Oboe); Robin McGee (Double Bass); John Orford (Bassoon); David Purser (Trombone)
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Running Time: 23 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1993

>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Concerto for harpsichord (or piano) & orchestra, Op. 40
  • Performer: Elisabeth Chojnacka (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Markus Stenza
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1980

>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Good Night, requiem for soprano, alto flute, 3 tam-tams & piano, Op. 63
  • Performers: Sebastian Bell (Flute); John Constable (Piano); David Hockings (Tamtam); Dawn Upshaw
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1990

>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Quartet for Strings no 3 ("...songs are sung"), Op. 67
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (08/01/2006-08/03/2006)
  • Running Time: 49 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994-1995

>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Symphony no 4, for orchestra with obbligato organ and piano ("Tansman Episodes"), Op. 85
  • Conductor: Andrey Boreyko
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2006