• Recalling Górecki: Two Radio Tributes
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 Leave a comment
The other day, I came across these two short tributes on the Polish Radio website thenews.pl. Although they were broadcast a year ago, they are still available. Just follow the indicated mp3 link on each page.
The first is by David Harrington, the leader of Kronos Quartet. Harrington was instrumental in commissioning Górecki’s three string quartets (1988, 1991 and 1995/2005) and he and Górecki formed a close professional and personal friendship. On the day of Górecki’s death (12 November 2010), Kronos happened to be in Poland to give a concert that evening in Wrocław. In tribute, they played an arrangement of ‘Z Torunia ja parobecek’ (I am a Farmhand from Toruń), the fourth of Górecki’s Five Kurpian Songs (1999). Harrington spoke the following day with Michał Kubicki.
The second interview is one that I also recorded with Michał Kubicki that day.