Sorrowful Songs in the Cathedral

800px-Cathedral_in_KatowiceI’m surprised I’ve never blogged on this before, Henryk Gorecki’s Third Symphony. I have the best-selling version with Dawn Upshaw on cd, which still is the finest version of the ones I’ve heard. Recently I stumbled across this one on YouTube. The National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Antoni Wit. The soprano is Sophia Kilanowicz.

I’m interested in your reactions to a few things. The music is sublime, of course. How the performance is captured on video: what do you make of it? I noticed how the camera framed the singer with the crucifix and various aspects of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Katowice. Do such things, as well as the singer’s expression, add to the experience of the music or not?

Then there’s the cathedral itself, a modern interior that might take some getting used to. Not without interest, but is it inviting? Would some people find it cold? And the disconnect between the interior and exterior. I expected something more contemporary outside.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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