Wednesday 15 June 2011

Small scale Górecki

"If ever there was a one-hit wonder, surely Henryk Górecki was it. Even when he died, in 2010 at the age of 76, his career was summed by a work rendered inexplicably famous during the 1990s which had itself languished in relative obscurity for a decade and a half. His Symphony No.3, known as Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, defied predictions that the wider public was not interested in contemporary classical music when David Zinman and Dawn Upshaw's Nonesuch recording climbed the charts; yet even when its composer died most people would have been hard-pressed to name another of his works."

Read my review of Górecki's String Quartets as played by the Royal String Quartet over at Classicalsource.

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