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"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.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Artist Essayshenryk goreckihttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/polish-composer-henryk-gorecki-dies-at-76November 12, 2010|2 comments
Nonesuch Records was saddened to learn of the death of composer Henryk Mikolaj Górecki, who died at the age of 76 today in Katowice, Poland, after a long illness. Górecki reached a worldwide audience in the 1990s with his Symphony No.3, which reached the top of the classical charts in the US and UK. He wrote three string quartets for Kronos Quartet, whose Artistic Director David Harrington says: "There is no one who can replace Henryk Górecki in the world of music. Many others have created beautiful, passionate, even exalted music. But Henryk found a way forward and beyond, through thickets of styles and fashions, that resonates of the single human being in communion with the power of the Universe. I miss him immensely."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newshenryk goreckihttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/henryk-gorecki-arvo-paert-to-be-featured-composers-on-bbc-four-sacred-music-2010-03-25March 25, 2010|2 comments
Henryk Górecki and Arvo Pärt are the featured composers in the latest episode of BBC Four's Sacred Music, airing Friday. Górecki's Nonesuch catalog includes the famed 1991 recording of his Third Symphony by Dawn Upshaw and the London Sinfonietta, which became the highest-selling album by a contemporary composer, and his three string quartets, each performed by Kronos Quartet. Kronos has recorded Pärt's work for Nonesuch as well, as have Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica.Read more|Journal Topics:Televisionhenryk goreckihttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/herald-uk-dawn-upshaw-and-conductor-of-global-smash-gorecki-recording-reunite-for-concerts-2009-08-27August 27, 2009|0 comments
Dawn Upshaw joins the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, led by David Zinman, at Edinburgh's Usher Hall tonight as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. In 1991, Upshaw and Zinman came together for the the now-famous Nonesuch recording of Górecki's Third Symphony. Scotland's Herald takes a look at this "global smash" as part of a closer look at the career of the singer who helped make it such a success.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tourhenryk goreckihttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/henryk-gorecki-receives-papal-honor-in-krakow-2009-02-03February 03, 2009|0 comments
Polish composer Henryk Górecki has been awarded the St. Gregory the Great Medal by Pope Benedict XVI, reports the Polish Radio news service. It states that Cardinal Dziwisz, the Archbishop of Kraków, declared the medal, in his words, "an expression of the gratitude of the universal Church for the composer’s hard work and sacrifice, for his testimony of faith and unbroken spirit, for his wonderful compositions which have a lasting place in the treasure house of sacred music, and also an expression of the church’s anticipation of more pieces that will uplift our hearts to God."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newshenryk goreckihttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/henryk-g-recki-receives-honorary-doctorate-from-krakow-music-academyMay 13, 2008|0 commentsRead more|Journal Topics:Artist Newshenryk goreckihttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/recording-gorecki-third-symphony-in-london-may-1991June 18, 2006|0 comments
By Robert Hurwitz
Henryk Górecki's Third Symphony was recorded in one day, 15 years ago last month. Here is Nonesuch President Bob Hurwitz's journal entry from that day.