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Program 776: Górecki: The Other Symphonies

KALW Broadcast Date: March 10, 2024 | Host: Joseph Bohigian

The Polish composer Henryk Górecki (1933–2010) is most well known for his third symphony, composed in 1976, which became a rare commercial success in 1992 via a recording released that year by Nonesuch Records with the London Sinfonietta and soprano Dawn Upshaw. Górecki also wrote three other symphonies, all much less known than the third, and these works form the bulk of this program. This program includes Górecki’s Symphony No. 1, “1959”; Symphony No. 2, “Copernican,” composed in 1972; and Symphony No. 4, “Tansman Episodes,” completed after the composer’s death in 2010. Closing out the program is Symphony No. 4 by Alexandre Tansman, the 20th century Polish composer and dedicatee of Górecki’s fourth symphony.

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Henryk Górecki Symphony No. 4

Title: Symphony No. 4, “Tansman Episodes” (2006)
Composer: Henryk Górecki
Performers: London Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Recording Title: Symphony No. 4, “Tansman Episodes,” Op. 85
Record Label: Nonesuch
Catalog Number: 549570-2

Henryk Górecki Symphony No. 1

Title: Symphony No. 1, “1959”
Composer: Henryk Górecki
Performers: Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra; Roland Bader, conductor
Recording Title: Symfonia No. 1 „1959“ / Choros I / Drie Stüke Im Alten Stil / Three Pieces in The Old Style
Record Label: Koch Schwann
Catalog Number: 3-1041-2

Henryk Górecki Symphony No. 2

Title: Symphony No. 2, “Copernican” (1972)
Composer: Henryk Górecki
Performers: Friscay Symphonic Orchestra; Bartók Chorus; Tamás Pál, conductor
Recording Title: Symphonie No. 2 Kopernikowska & Beatus Vir
Record Label: Stradivarius
Catalog Number: STR 33324

Alexandre Tansman Works for Orchestra

Title: Symphony No. 4 (1939)
Composer: Alexandre Tansman
Performers: Symphony Orchestra of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic; Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski, conductor
Recording Title: Tansman: Works for Orchestra
Record Label: DUX Recording Producers
Catalog Number: DUX 0542

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