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Gorecki: Miserere

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The resident chorale of Disney Hall, recognized as one of the world s premier choruses, pays tribute to the late mystic minimalist, Henryk Gorecki composer of the best-selling Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

The composer died on 12 November 2010, and this recording was driven by an urgent interest in preserving and appreciating his choral works

The follow-up to their debut Decca Classics album of music by Nico Muhly showcases the extraordinary emotional power of the full 110-voice Los Angeles Master Chorale singing unaccompanied

The first major label recordings of both Five Marian Songs and Lobgesang

The New York Times calls the choir inspired, The New York Observer declares it a superb vocal ensemble and the Los Angeles Times proclaims it matchlessly polished

1. Lobgesang Op. 76
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13. I. Matko niebieskiego Pana - Mother of the Heavenly Lord
14. II. Matko Najswiêtsza! - Most Holy Mother
15. III. Zdrowas badz, Maryja - Hail Mary
16. IV. Ach, jak smutne rozstanie - Oh! How sad it is to part
17. V. Ciebie na wieki wychwalac bedziemy - We shall sing your praises for ever and ever

Product Details

  • Conductor: Grant Gershon
  • Composer: Henryk Gorecki
  • Audio CD (September 4, 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B008CYUZYC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 12, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Few choral recordings of choral music can hold a candle to this warmly glowing selection of music by Henryk Górecki as captured during a live performance in the Walt Disney Concert Hall by Grant Gershon conducting the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The album (and performance) consists of three of the composer's a cappella works.

The opening work is a brief but very exciting Lobgesang (Song of Praise) written in 2000 to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the birth of Johann Gutenberg, inventor of movable-type printing. Punctuated by boisterous cries of "lobet" (praise), the chorale's mighty sound eventually gives way to some terrifically soft, low and sustained notes, over which Górecki magically introduces chromatic pings from a solitary glockenspiel - a manner of allowing the music to slip away into the enter of the hall and of the universe in a most spiritual manner.

The primary work is of course the title piece - Miserere - written for eight-part chorus.'Górecki wrote the piece in response to an incident of police brutality in the city of Bydgoszcz. It was in 1981, at the height of the conflict between the Solidarity movement and the communist government. A few months later, martial law was declared and Górecki's music lay silent. The piece finally premiered in 1987. Like the "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs," Górecki's Miserere is simple in its construction but not simpleminded. The entire text consists of just five words -- "Domine Deus noster, Miserere nobis" (Lord our God, have mercy on us). He builds the piece slowly, in layers, beginning with low tones in the basses and eventually rising to the sopranos.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Cambridge on September 5, 2012
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It has been two years since I wrote the review below. My (and our, I was NOT the only one!) concerns were addressed - almost immediately, actually - and the mp3's are fine and the recording quality is magnificent. If you have time in your life to set aside for a truly minimalist sacred experience in the vocal/choral genre, this is the recording with which to go there. Just so you know, it WAS an issue that DECCA needed to address, so I'm told, and they did it within just a few weeks of the release of this recording. ENJOY!

I love the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Have devoted much of my professional life in support of it. I also LOVE Gorecki. The performances on this disc are top-notch! HOWEVER, I will NOT buy this disc until the production team at Decca does a re-mix or re-masters it. There is obvious and very audible flutter in the high end of the sound picture and it gets worse with the addition of the higher voices. SHEESH! It's very distracting and Decca should pull all items off the shelves and off the internet until this problem is corrected. The LAMC sounds WAY better than this. Trust me, I know!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Van Cleve on February 3, 2013
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This is unbelievably beautiful stuff. At least the equal of if not better than the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs (which got me into the Gorecki business in the first place!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. on September 5, 2012
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The music of Gorecki is so beautiful, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale could not have done a better job-really wonderful. I've already listened to it multiple times!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Green Daniel on December 6, 2012
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Like most of Gorecki's work, there's a slow almost hypnotic dynamic to these choral pieces. Be sure not to push the compressor button on your system. The natural dynamics of this recording are intended and worth the experience. Beautiful for the holiday and beautiful anytime.
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