small, Premiere of Górecki's Last Symphony, full_lpo015-credit_richard_cannon.jpg, the London Philharmonic Orchesrta at the Royal Festival Hall , photo:Richard Cannon/ London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Górecki piece was performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, led by maestro Andrzej Boreyko. This was the last piece written by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki before his death in 2010. The composer left a shortened version of the score for piano with detailed writings on orchestration, dynamics and tempo. The final version of the score was prepared by Mikołaj Górecki – son of the composer.
“If anyone had any doubt - and they appeared to – that the Fourth Symphony would be fully Henryk’s, not Mikołaj Górecki's, after hearing it there should be none.” – Dorota Szwarcman wrote on her blog.
“The Fourth Symphony has a clear structure, which allows the recipient to feel confident while listening. Maybe for others it is trivial. However, sometimes it is easier to create such a world, rather than to raise buildings using proven components” - commented Jacek Marczyński of Rzeczpospolita – one of the biggest Polish daily papers.
Symphony No. 3, also called “The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs,” is one of the most recognizable pieces of contemporary music. When its world premiere took place in 1977, the song aroused much controversy - some considered it a masterpiece, others were more critical. Henryk Mikołaj Górecki himself said it was the most avant-garde piece he had written. In the 90s, Symphony No. 3 was recorded by Dawn Upshaw, an American opera singer, and the London Sinfonietta conducted by David Zinman. The CD proved to be a hit and gained fame not only in the contemporary music world.
Sources: press materials, translated: Katarzyna Maksimiuk, 14.04.2014