Sunday, May 17, 2015
042/100 - Henryk Górecki’s third symphony for solo soprano and orchestra
Henryk Górecki’s third symphony for solo soprano and orchestra - his Symphony of Sorrowful Songs - is a minimalist masterpiece that I consider one of my favourite pieces of music across all genres.
The version I have (1992 Nonesuch Records) was conducted by David Zinman and features the London Sinfonietta and Dawn Upshaw as soloist. From the waves of strings to Upshaw’s vocals something truly magical is expressed, something that touches my soul.
Through periods of great upheaval and doubt Górecki’s Third has been a loyal companion. Its languid, sorrowful tone gives me the space I need and helps me feel alive.
Why only 100 words?