The real Gorecki is really worth knowing

The real Gorecki is really worth knowing


norman lebrecht

May 20, 2022

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week:

When an unknown Polish composer burst into the pop charts in 1992 with an ethereal third symphony, I arranged to meet him twice, in Brussels and London. Gorecki spoke only Polish and German, the latter with reluctance in light of his wartime memories. I got the impression of a stubborn man of strong character with an unshakable faith in God, a hatred of Communism, and a contempt for effete Western fashions. Pierre Boulez had called his third symphony ‘merde’ and Gorecki was no less withering about him….

Read on here.

And here.

En francais ici.


  • Bone says:

    I so enjoy reading your reviews and have found some gems to enjoy, NL. In this Gorecki review, I love the clever twist of using “marry” followed by “betray.” Definitely be listening to this album soon.

  • Achim Mentzel says:

    Gorecki is a true master in comparison with this completely overrated, pseudo-intellectual, sense-free and soft-spoken vomit-writer Boulez.

  • Anthony Sanderson says:

    Another interesting album to select. I am fascinated that Gorecki was willing to explore different styles and look forward to listening to this one. Recently you have chosen Hans Werner Henze and Ligeti to review.

    It will be interesting to see what is next.

    After DG’s recent pivot to Einaudi and Brian Eno, these two albums offer a little hope,

    KEVIN PUTS, Contact, JENNIFER HIGDON Concerto 4–3, Time For Three
    The Philadelphia Orchestra
    Xian Zhang


    Mari Samuelsen
    Works by:
    Meredi · Hannah Peel · Hildur Guðnadóttir
    Hildegard von Bingen · Hania Rani · Caroline Shaw
    And many more