Has Gorecki done it again?

Has Gorecki done it again?


norman lebrecht

September 07, 2015

His third symphony is the biggest selling symphonic record by a living composer, shifting well over a million copies. His fourth has just received its recorded premiere.

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  • Olassus says:

    Hmm, I wonder why they didn’t get Zinman, given the obvious attempt to emulate the hit album cover for No. 3.

    • MWnyc says:

      I would suppose that they didn’t try to get Zinman because the composer granted the rights to make the first recording of the work to one of the two orchestras that commissioned it, along with that orchestra’s choice of conductor. In this particular case, the job went to the orchestra and conductor who performed the world premiere.

      • Olassus says:

        I see.

        Zinman of course has worked with the LPO in the past.

        Perhaps Gorecki didn’t actually like the U.S. conductor’s way with his music, despite the freakish commercial success enjoyed by the earlier disc.

  • John Borstlap says:

    I find it difficult to understand that there would be music lovers – being able to make considered choices among so much that is on offer – who would find this interesting:


    It’s so unsophisticated…. it sounds like music for dummies, using big hammers to get through the sculls.

  • Beckmesser says:

    I don’t mean to be rude here, but I’m not quite sure his Third Symphony is “the biggest selling symphonic record in history”. Don’t know who calculated this and how, but imho it’s hard to believe it sold more than Beethoven Ninth (or Fifth) since they started to record it, or some Mozart or Tchaikovsky