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Górecki: Kleines Requiem für eine Polka / Harpsichord Concerto / Good Night

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  • Henryk Górecki to Be Celebrated in Free Memorial Concert at New York's (Le) Poisson Rouge

    Polish composer Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, who passed away a year ago this week, will be celebrated in a free memorial concert at New York's (Le) Poisson Rouge tonight. The all-Górecki program, presented by LPR and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, features Górecki's Kleines Requiem für eine Polka, performed by Ensemble Signal, led by Brad Lubman, and Quasi una Fantasia: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 64, performed by the JACK Quartet.

  • Kronos Quartet's David Harrington Remembers Henryk Górecki

    "The three string quartets Henryk Górecki wrote for Kronos are a totally unique body of work," writes Kronos Quartet Artistic Director David Harrington of the composer, who passed away earlier today. "With Already it is Dusk, Quasi una fantasia, and ...songs are sung, Górecki extended a tradition that includes Bach and Beethoven, among many others." Read Harrington's personal remembrances here and see photos of Kronos and the composer.

About this Album

The three works presented here capture the stylistic qualities that launched Gόrecki to international fame with his Third Symphony: direct, honest, and haunting. Experimental yet firmly grounded in the Western concert tradition, these constantly unfolding, meditative pieces utilize the classic formats of requiem and concerto as a springboard for the mystical minimalist approach for which the composer is renowned.


London Sinfonietta, with:

Kleines Requiem für eine Polka
David Zinman, conductor
Sebastian Bell, flute
Melinda Maxwell, oboe
Timothy Lines, clarinet
John Orford, bassoon
Anthony Halstead, horn
Andrew Crowley, trumpet
David Purser, trombone
John Constable, piano
James Holland, tubular bells
Nona Liddell, Joan Atherton, violin
Levine Andrade, viola
Christopher van Kampen, cello
Robin McGee, double bass

Concerto for Harpsichord and String Orchestra
Markus Stenz, conductor
Elzbeita Chojnacka, harpsichord
Nona Liddell, lead violin

Good Night
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
David Hockings, tam-tams
John Constable, piano
Sebastian Bell, alto flute

Produced by Philip Waldway
Tracks 1-4 recorded February 12, 1994 at Henry Wood Hall, London, England
Engineered by Kees de Visser, Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium
Track 5, 6 recorded December 17, 1994 at All Saints Church, Surrey, England
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason, Modus Music, Middlesex, England
Tracks 7-9 recorded June 5, 1993 at Henry Wood Hall, London, England
Engineered by Tony Faulkner, Green Room Productions, Middlesex, England
Editing and mastering engineer: Kees de Visser

Design by John Heiden
Photograph by William Clift

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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