• New CD Note (Górecki/Decca)

Two fine new CDs of Górecki’s choral music have appeared recently, one by British performers, one by Americans. First out was ‘Henryk Górecki: Totus Tuus’, sung by the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, conducted by Mike Brewer, on Delphian (DCD34054).  Second to appear was ‘Górecki: Miserere’, sung by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, conducted by Grant Gershon, on Decca (478 3537).  The NYCGB seems to be marginally the larger of the two sizeable choirs.  Both are superbly blended and able to sustain the long and often quiet lines and harmonies of Górecki’s music.  The two repertoires complement one another nicely, with only the previously unrecorded Lobgesang (2000) on both discs.  Together, they give as representative a survey of Górecki’s sacred choral music (mostly a cappella) as you could wish for.  And you can also appreciate the contrasts between young and mature voices.

The Delphian CD contains Euntes ibant et flebant (1972), Amen (1975), Totus Tuus (1987), Lobgesang and Salve, sidus Polonorum (2000).  The excellent booklet note is by Ivan Moody.  The full texts are included, in Latin/Polish and in English.

The Decca CD contains Miserere (1981), Five Marian Songs (1985) and Lobgesang. The full texts are included, in Latin/Polish, German, French and English.

Here’s the link to my booklet note for Górecki: Miserere, or you can scroll the CD NOTES tab above.

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