Górecki: The Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs
LONDON SINFONIETTA ZINMAN UPSHAW
“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.