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Górecki: Concerto-Cantata; Little Requiem for a Certain Polka; Three Dances [CD]-Front_Standard

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    Spiritual modernism


    Everyone knows Gorecki’s “Third Symphony” which, though written in 1976, brought him worldwide fame in the 1990s. Much less familiar (though undeservedly so) are the four works on this CD, yet they resound with all the particular genius that the late Polish composer brought to his medium: hypnotic lyricism, intense tonal contrasts, forbidding blocks of sound, and glorious spiritual and emotional release. The compositions range from 1973 to 1993, and present a broad stylistic and thematic range. Highlights for this listener are the “Little Requiem for a Certain Polka,” stunning in its economy of means and power of expression; and the by turns haunting and disconcerting “Concerto-Cantata,” which contrasts dirge-like passages with Stravinskyian outbursts of orchestral rhythm and color. Gorecki’s “Harpsichord Concerto” (piano and orchestra version) and “Three Dances” are scarcely less compelling: Both are notable for their rhythmic tension and melodic luminosity. The appearance of Gorecki’s daughter Anna on piano lends a nice personal touch, and she and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra deliver assured and inspired performances of these essential additions to the composer’s canon.

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