Title: Gorecki: Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 'Symphony of Sorrowful Songs'
Three Pieces in the Old Style
Zofia Kilanowicz (soprano)
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Antoni Wit
This recording is virtually as good as the betterknown Zinman version. The performance is exceptionally fine, although the acoustic is more resonant, the orchestral choirs less closely balanced and Antoni Wit isn't as meticulous as Zinman in his observance of minor details.
Interpretatively, Wit leaves the more austere impression. His relative inwardness squares convincingly with the symphony's harrowing texts and 'Sorrowful Songs' sub-title. If spectacular singing is your main priority, then Upshaw's is the vocal tour de force. Zofia Kilanowicz displays stronger lower registers and a brilliant, bleached-white soprano that reflects the score's innate pathos, its sense of shock. Her enunciation is more idiomatic, while her partial suspension of vibrato is a powerful interpretative ploy. What's most impressive about this performance is its spirituality; and given the overall excellence of the recording, the conducting and the singing, it's strongly recommended, particularly to those who have yet to discover the Symphony's hypnotic sound-world. It's also commended to those who do know the work but who find Upshaw and Zinman too 'plush'.
2. Comecou de Brincadeira
4. Symphony No. 3, Op. 36, "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs"
1. I. Lento - Sostenuto tranquillo ma cantabile
2. II. Lento e largo - Tranquillissimo
3. III. Lento - Cantabile semplice
Three Olden Style Pieces
6. III. Que Saudades da Amelia
5. Menina Flor
6. Champagne & Quail (From the Pink Panther)
7. My Manne Shelly
8. Imenso Do Amor
9. Fora de Tempo
10. Da-Me Um Martelo
11. De Presente
14. Os Grilos
15. E Bom Parar
16. Feitinha Pro Poeta
17. Terra de Ninguem
18. Razao de Viver
20. Samba Do Dom Natural
21. O Sol Nascera
22. Samba de Rei
23. Ate de Cavaquinho
24. Porque Somos Iguais
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