GORECKI Symphonie No. 3 (1994)

Symphonie No. 3 (1994)
Longhair Minimalism

Like many listeners with less than a passing knowledge of classical music, I’ve still managed to accumulate a handful of favorite pieces over the years. This moody, micro-evolving symphony by Gorecki is a consistent go-to for me. It’s a slow build of anticipation in three parts that should appeal to minimalist types who go for Steve Reich or The Necks. I was surprised to learn that Gorecki’s Third is one of classical music’s most popular pieces and biggest sellers. Given the low key nature of the music, that seems shocking to me, but what do I know about the genre? This hour-long piece is a trip. Gorecki died today, Nov. 12, 2010.

Lento. Sostenuto Tranquillo Ma Cantablile
Lento Largo. Tranquillissimo/Cantabilissimo/Dolcissimo/Legatissimo (10:08)
Lento. Cantabile Semplice (18:50)



  • 1
    June 12, 2009 - 09:40 | Permalink

    this is one of MY BEST classical CDs!
    a masterpiece!
    and a MUST!

  • 2
    June 13, 2009 - 00:17 | Permalink

    I never heard this before, and I'm loving it – thanks Willard!

  • 3
    Capt. Willard
    June 14, 2009 - 02:38 | Permalink

    Yeah, I've got a couple of those… though I can't say I'm familiar with them. The kind of stuff I've heard, liked and kept… but never gotten back to.

  • 4
    June 21, 2009 - 22:13 | Permalink

    You might enjoy some of John Taverner's works too. "The Protecting Veil" is a nice one.

    - MoonBear

  • 5
    Capt. Willard
    June 22, 2009 - 00:00 | Permalink

    Never owned anything by Taverner except The Whale, which is posted somewhere else around here.

  • 6
    June 25, 2009 - 22:44 | Permalink

    New to me and beautiful.
    Thanx a load.


  • 7
    Morlock 'n' Key
    June 27, 2009 - 16:12 | Permalink

    This was a HUGE seller back in the nineties, comfirming for many industry types that the compact disc would be the savior of the music industry, when even a brand new classical piece could do so well. Its success so freaked out Gorecki himself that he developed a kind of writer's block, not producing a new piece of music for almost ten years. Ah, we were all so innocent back in the nineties . . .

  • 8
    Capt. Willard
    November 12, 2010 - 16:06 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • 9
    May 20, 2012 - 17:44 | Permalink

    Now we’re talking! Awesome stuff. Arvo Part please!

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