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BBC Symphony Orchestra: Total Immersion - Henryk Gorecki

From the Barbican, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in music by Gorecki: Old Polish Music, Op 24; Kyrie, Op 83 (UK premiere); Harpsichord Concerto; Symphony No 2 (Copernican).

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Antoni Wit, celebrate the music of Henryk Gorecki at the Barbican. Including the powerful Symphony No. 2 'Copernican' and 'Kyrie'.

Recorded 3rd October at the Barbican, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny with guest Adrian Thomas

Gorecki: Old Polish Music Op.24
Gorecki: Kyrie Op. 83 (UK Premiere)

8.15
INTERVAL: Gorecki's String Quartet No 1, 'Already it is Dusk' performed by the Silesian String Quartet during the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Total Immersion: Henryk Gorecki - Polish Pioneer.

8.35
Gorecki: Harpsichord Concerto
Gorecki: Symphony No. 2 'Copernican'

Marie Arnet (soprano)
Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)
Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Antoni Wit (conductor)

The late Henryk Gorecki came to universal fame in the early 1990s with his extraordinary Third Symphony, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. The BBC Symphony Orchestra turned the spotlight on him on Saturday 3rd October in a day of concerts at the Barbican, London, in Total Immersion: Henryk Gorecki - Polish Pioneer.

This concert features the UK premiere of the Kyrie (2005), evocatively scored for strings, piano and percussion with chorus - the BBC Symphony Chorus - and Mahan Esfahani is the soloist in the Harpsichord Concerto. In this unusual work the harpsichord lends ferocious dynamism to its granitic textures in contrast to the monumental stillness of the Symphony No. 2 'Copernican', in which the full BBC Symphony Orchestra is joined by Marie Arnet, Marcus Farnsworth and, again, the BBC Symphony Chorus.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Henryk Mikolaj Górecki

    Old Polish music [Muzyka staropolska] Op.24

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antoni Wit.
  • Henryk Mikolaj Górecki

    Kyrie Op.83

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antoni Wit. Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus.
  • Henryk Mikolaj Górecki

    String quartet no.1 (Already it is dusk) Op.62

    Ensemble: Silesian String Quartet.
  • Henryk Mikolaj Górecki

    Harpsichord Concerto Op.40

    Performer: Mahan Esfahani. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antoni Wit.
  • Henry Purcell

    Ground in C minor - Z.D 221

    Performer: Mahan Esfahani.
  • Henryk Mikolaj Górecki

    Symphony no. 2 (Copernican)

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antoni Wit. Singer: Marie Arnet. Singer: Marcus Farnsworth.
  • Filip Gorecki

    4 Preludes for piano, Op.1

    Performer: Emiko Edwards.

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Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra
Performer BBC Symphony Chorus

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