The London Philharmonic Orchestra perform Górecki’s Symphony No. 4
April 14, 2014 1:08 PM   Subscribe

Górecki's 4th Symphony premiered this past weekend. Left unfinished, but near completion, at his death, it has been now been finished by his son, Mikołaj Górecki, who describes the work as "very different from its immediate predecessor … and is closer to monumental works like Symphony No 2 or Beatus Vir and to later pieces with Tatra folk influences such as the Little Requiem." The immediate predecessor, Symphony No 3, was hugely successful, selling over a million CD copies. The Guardian hosts the video of the performance by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and tells the story behind the posthumous premiere.
posted by Kattullus (11 comments total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
thank you
posted by nikoniko at 1:11 PM on April 14, 2014 [2 favorites]

This is fantastic. Thanks for posting!
posted by spiderskull at 1:12 PM on April 14, 2014

It's really too bad the orchestra forgot to tune up before the performance.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 1:25 PM on April 14, 2014

And if you've never heard/seen his harpsichord concerto. It's worth it. omfg dat hair...
posted by jph at 1:38 PM on April 14, 2014 [2 favorites]

oh my god. thank you.
posted by Lutoslawski at 1:41 PM on April 14, 2014

Wow, this is exciting. I'm looking forward to sitting down with headphones and listening to this later.
posted by Dip Flash at 1:52 PM on April 14, 2014

Lovely, thanks for the link...
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 2:20 PM on April 14, 2014

Thank you!
posted by box at 3:16 PM on April 14, 2014

Wow. And I thought Shostakovich was grave.
posted by Twang at 5:34 PM on April 14, 2014

Oh wow. Thanks so much for posting this, Kattullus.
posted by homunculus at 7:47 PM on April 14, 2014

I hope to listen to this soon; his music is quite wonderful. My favorite piece from Górecki is his second string quartet.
posted by mountmccabe at 5:43 AM on April 15, 2014

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