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Journal Archives for Henryk Górecki

  • Henryk Górecki by Gerry Hurkmans

    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.

  • Henryk Górecki, David Harrington November 2006

    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.

  • Henryk Górecki by Gerry Hurkmans

    Polish Composer Henryk Górecki Dies at 76

    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."

  • Henryk Górecki Symphony No. 3 [cover]

    Henryk Górecki, Arvo Pärt to Be Featured Composers on BBC Four's "Sacred Music"

    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.

  • Dawn Upshaw by Dario Acosta

    Herald (UK): Dawn Upshaw and Conductor of "Global Smash" Górecki Recording Reunite for Concerts

    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.

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    Henryk Górecki Receives Papal Honor in Kraków

    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."

  • Henryk Górecki Receives Honorary Doctorate from Krakow Music Academy

    Polish composer Henryk Górecki, who will celebrate his 75th birthday later this month, received an honorary doctorate from the Music Academy in Krakow at a ceremony that included a concert of the composer's choral works in the city's Franciscan Church. The 1992 Nonesuch recording of his Third Symphony, performed by Dawn Upshaw and the London Sinfonietta, went on to become the most successful recording of contemporary classic music in history.

  • Henryk Górecki Symphony No. 3 [cover]

    Recording Górecki's Third Symphony in London, May 1991

    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.