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Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs)

Beth Gibbons and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs)

Collaboration between the Portishead singer and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra recorded live in Warsaw on 29 November 2014

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  1. 9.0 |   Under The Radar

    Full of the kind of gravitas and solemnity you'd expect from a piece with its title.
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  2. 9.0 |   music OMH

    This is a special document indeed, one that reinforces the power of music to communicate on its own raw terms – and one that is wonderfully packaged by Domino, dressing it up like a well-worn piece of classical vinyl
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  3. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    The Portishead singer and conductor (and film-music icon) Krzysztof Penderecki deliver a surprisingly disquieting take on Górecki’s canonical symphony, a piece so familiar that it’s often taken for granted
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  4. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    If you need an entry point into an incredibly potent piece, Gibbons and company offer a take on Symphony of Sorrowful Songs that lingers
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  5. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    With Portishead's Beth Gibbons as the soprano, Henryk Górecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songs is hoisted into modernity and emblematic of the contemporary political and social turbulence
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Where previous versions have been eerily transcendent, Gibbons’s quiet, demotic vulnerability makes this both more harrowing and emotionally engaging
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  7. 8.0 |   Uncut

    She brings Gorecki's great classical prayer to life beautifully, an expression of empathy that feels deep and profound
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  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Gibbons rises to the occasion. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Q

    It's a thing of grief-blasted beauty, and Gibbons brings tender pain to these words of lost children and mothers. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   All Music

    An affecting example of Gibbons' willingness to take her music in unexpected - but ultimately winning - directions
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  11. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Under the baton of Krzysztof Penderecki, who is widely regarded as Poland’s greatest living composer and conductor, Gibbons delivers a masterful vocal rendition of a symphony that captures the horror, desolation and catastrophic loss of war
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  12. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    The unique tone of this new recording — with Krzysztof Penderecki conducting the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Beth Gibbons, the ghostly voice of Portishead’s angst, soloing — is due to the fact that it returns the work by insisting on its illusory nature, to that which it always was merely a thing, a bareness, a scar
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