Symphonie No. 3 (1994)
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)