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Górecki: Miserere

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Track Listing

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1Miserere, Op. 4432:39
2Amen, Op. 356:24
3Euntes Ibant et Flebant, Op. 328:36
4Wislo Moja, Wislo Szara (My Vistula, Grey Vistula), Op. 464:30
5Szeroka Woda (Broad Waters), Op. 39: A Ta Nasza Narew (Oh, Our River Narew)4:21
6Szeroka Woda (Broad Waters), Op. 39: Oj, Kiedy No Powisle (O, When in Powisle)1:12
7Szeroka Woda (Broad Waters), Op. 39: Szeroka Woda (Broad Waters), Op. 39: Szeroka Woda (Broad Waters), Op. 39: Oj, Janie, Janie3:38
8Szeroka Woda (Broad Waters), Op. 39: Polne Róze Rwala (She Picked Wild Roses)1:56
9Szeroka Woda (Broad Waters), Op. 39: maestoso espressivo4:05

News & Reviews

  • 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

Composed during a period of Polish national upheaval in 1981, Miserere is unique among Górecki’s works in its overtly political inspiration. Written for unaccompanied choir, the piece demonstrates the composer’s interest in choral music and his penchant for large-scale, gradually evolving structures. Also included are additional Górecki choral works, with performances by the Chicago Symphony Chorus and Lira Chamber Chorus. 


Chicago Symphony Chorus
Section leaders: Mary Ann Beatty, soprano; Gail Friesema, Kathye Kerchner, alto; Edward K. Osaki, James P. Yarbrough, tenor; Charles M. Olson, Kip Snyder, bass
Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus
Lira Chamber Chorus
Lucy Ding, conductor

Produced by Philip Waldway
Recorded April 25-27, 1994, at St. Mary of the Angels Church, Chicago
Eugineered by Henk Kooistra, Soundmirror, Boston, Massachusetts
Edited and mixed by Kees de Visser, Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium

Design: John Heiden
Cover photographs by Jim Bengston

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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