Górecki: The Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs

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Catalog: 109131
Format: DVD


“A towering monument to our world and to the appalling mess we have made of it,” is how director Tony Palmer describes Henryk Górecki's phenomenally successful Symphony No. 3. | Palmer overlays a performance by the London Sinfonietta and soprano Dawn Upshaw, conducted by David Zinman, with harrowing footage of man's crimes against his fellow man – from Auschwitz to Somalia, Iraq and Sarajevo. | Henryk Górecki wrote this symphony in 1976 when his music was banned in his native Katowice, roughly twenty minutes from auschwitz. | The words "Mama, don't cry," written by a young girl on a prison wall during the German occupation, inspirited the "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" | This film by award winning director, Tony Paxton, includes an interview with Henryk Górecki.

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