Henryk Górecki's Symphony No. 3 is a powerful, prayer-like setting of instrumental and vocal music with a meditative feel. When this recording was first released in 1992, it catapulted the relatively unknown Polish composer into the international spotlight. Also known as the "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs," the CD went on to sell over a million copies.
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Dawn Upshaw (Soprano)
David Zinman, conductor
The symphony makes use of medieval musical modes and is structured in three movements: The first, a 15th-century Polish lament of Mary, mother of Jesus; the second, a message written on the wall of a cell during World War II; and the third, a folk song of a mother searching for her son killed by the Germans in the Silesian (Poland) uprisings.