London Sinfonietta with Dawn Upshaw, Gorecki: Symphony No. 3 (1992)
I fell in love with this when I first heard it – this particular recording, Gorecki composed the piece in the mid-70s but this early-90s recording was the one that found me, it was being used to soundtrack images from the Bosnian war, well from almost any war the TV news cared to cover actually. I wasn’t listening to much in the way of instrumental music – beyond jazz and soundtracks. I knew some of the major classical works, but it wasn’t a big thing in my life then. This piece of music was the gateway, the turning point – and I’ve carried it, in my head and my heart, from that very first time I heard it. It’s stayed with me longer and stronger than so many other pieces of music. I always feel like listening to it. And it always breaks my heart. And heartbreak and heartache and sorrow never sounded so exquisite, so glorious – that’s Dawn Upshaw, as well as the work of the orchestra and the composer. She is incredible. This album is incredible. Finding the (newly reissued) vinyl almost had me welling up. And before I knew it the record was home with me. And along with only one or two others – seriously one or two – I’ve never felt so chuffed to finally have a representation of a piece of music to hold onto, for the music has held me in its strong, proud way for so long.
Sample Track: I. Lento – Sostenuto tranquillo ma cantabile
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