Written in 1976, Polish composer Henryk Górecki’s »Symphony of Sorrowful Songs« made it to the pop charts for a few weeks in 1992. As part of the concert series of Polish music, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra now performs the erstwhile smash hit for the first time.
Before the interval we hear a special Polish work: »Symphonie concertante« by Karol Szymanowski – a veritable piano concerto under the alias »Symphony No. 4«. Soloist is Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski, who has advocated for the rarely-heard music of the late Romantic, Polish composer Szymanowski for years now.
Only the second concert half with the composition by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Symphony No. 3, Op. 36, for Soprano and Orchestra »Symphony of Sorrowful Songs«, is available online as video on demand.
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra
Barbora Kabátková soprano
Justyna Steczkowska soprano
Grażyna Auguścik soprano
Piotr Anderszewski piano
conductor Krzysztof Urbański
Symphony No. 4, Op. 60, for Piano and Orchestra »Symphonie concertante«
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Henryk Mikołaj Górecki
Symphony No. 3, Op. 36, for Soprano and Orchestra »Symphony of Sorrowful Songs«
To mark the 100th anniversary of Polish independence, the Elbphilharmonie dedicates its own festival to Germany's easterly neighbour this autumn. View the programme