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Henryk Gorecki: The Symphony of Songs, a film by Tony Palmer (documentary plus complete performance of the Symphony) / Dawn Upshaw, London Sinfonietta, David Zinman [DVD]

Conductor Ensemble

Notes & Reviews:

"A towering monument to our world and to the appalling mess we have made of it," is how director Tony Palmer describes Henryk Górecki's phenomenally successful Symphony No. 3. Palmer overlays a performance by the London Sinfonietta and soprano Dawn Upshaw, conducted by David Zinman, with harrowing footage of man's crimes against his fellow man - from Auschwitz to Somalia, Iraq and Sarajevo. Henryk Górecki wrote this symphony in 1976 when his music was banned in his native Katowice, roughly twenty minutes from auschwitz. The words "Mama, don't cry," written by a young girl on a prison wall during the German occupation, inspirited the "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" This film by award winning director, Tony Paxton, includes an interview with Henryk Górecki.

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Run Time: 113 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, German, French, Japanese, Korean


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