Rory Macdonald – conductor
Ella Taylor – soprano
Górecki Symphony No. 3, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs
Górecki dedicated this Symphony to his wife Jadwiga Rurańska. This major work, written in 1976, is an evocation of the ties between mother and child. A solo soprano sings Polish texts in each of the three movements. The first is a 15th-century Polish lament of Mary, mother of Jesus, the second a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell during World War II, and the third a Silesian folk song of a mother searching for her son lost in the Silesian uprisings. The dominant themes of the Symphony are motherhood, despair and suffering and it is an unforgettable experience to hear it live.
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Approximately 1 hr