Górecki 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 Górecki 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 Górecki’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. Górecki died today, Nov. 12, 2010.

Lento. Sostenuto Tranquillo Ma Cantablile (30:10)
Lento Largo. Tranquillissimo/Cantabilissimo/Dolcissimo/Legatissimo (10:08)
Lento. Cantabile Semplice (18:50)


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

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

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

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

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

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

    – MoonBear

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

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

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

    New to me and beautiful.
    Thanx a load.


  • 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 . . .

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

    Find it HERE.

    Always try MF links more than once. They sometimes give false negatives.

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

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

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