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Gorecki in Auschwitz

I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately – I am bit sick of work and of talking politics, don’t worry I will recover.  By chance I caught this filmed version of the second movement of the Gorecki 3rd Symphony. This is a surreal piece of music – a Collection of “Sorrowful Songs”. The soprano is Isabel Bayrakdaraian and the orchestra is conducted by John Axelrod. The segment is from  “Holocaust – A Music Memorial Film from Auschwitz”. For the first time since its liberation, permission was granted for the Gorecki music to be heard in Auschwitz and a number of leading musicians were brought there to perform music for the film. These are indeed intensely “Sorrowful Songs” as Gorecki intended but until I saw this clip – I was not fully unaware of the  connections –  I just regarded the Gorecki pieces as astonishingly beautiful. Haunting, gorgeous…and yes sad but with hope and conviction built in. Poignant and beautiful but, yes, very sad..

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