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November 13, 2010 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Henryk Gorecki, a Polish composer famous for his Third Symphony, also known as the "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs," died Friday following a serious illness. He was 76. Gorecki (pronounced Go-RET-ski) died in the cardiology ward at a hospital in his home city of Katowice in southern Poland, said Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, director of the Polish Radio orchestra in Katowice. She said he was suffering from a number of ailments, chiefly a lung infection. Gorecki's works ranged from dissonant modernist compositions to traditional choral hymns.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2010 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Henryk Gorecki, a Polish composer famous for his Third Symphony, also known as the "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs," died Friday following a serious illness. He was 76. Gorecki (pronounced Go-RET-ski) died in the cardiology ward at a hospital in his home city of Katowice in southern Poland, said Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, director of the Polish Radio orchestra in Katowice. She said he was suffering from a number of ailments, chiefly a lung infection. Gorecki's works ranged from dissonant modernist compositions to traditional choral hymns.
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December 28, 1992 | JOHN HENKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 16-year-old symphony of dirges by a reclusive and little-known Polish composer would seem implausible material for a chart-topping record here, but that has been the case this year for Henryk Gorecki and his Symphony No. 3. The Elektra Nonesuch disc from soprano Dawn Upshaw, conductor David Zinman and the London Sinfonietta emerged on the classical charts in June and has been firmly ensconced in the middle of the Billboard Top 10 ever since.
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October 5, 1997
How sad for Morton Subotnick that the best computer music was written 30 years ago, by Milton Babbitt ("The Barnum of Bytes," by Justin Davidson, Sept. 28). And then there's Henryk Gorecki, USC's favorite composer (Music News, Sept. 21). Schoenberg taught there 60 years ago, and they still can't figure him out. C. MULROONEY Los Angeles
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January 8, 1995 | Mark Swed, Mark Swed is a free-lance writer based in New York. and
When the mystical British composer John Tavener made a rare appearance in New York last year for a performance at Carnegie Hall of his cello concerto "The Protecting Veil," a large and curious crowd attended. The recording on Virgin of the work had become an international bestseller and was an outright sensation in London, practically on the order of Henryk Gorecki's Third Symphony. The work, rapt and reverential in tone, is long, static, repetitious.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 1997
How sad for Morton Subotnick that the best computer music was written 30 years ago, by Milton Babbitt ("The Barnum of Bytes," by Justin Davidson, Sept. 28). And then there's Henryk Gorecki, USC's favorite composer (Music News, Sept. 21). Schoenberg taught there 60 years ago, and they still can't figure him out. C. MULROONEY Los Angeles
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September 21, 1997 | Elaine Dutka
Henryk Gorecki may be the best-selling living classical composer, but his visibility on the American scene lags far behind his reputation. The 1992 Nonesuch recording of his Third Symphony has sold nearly 1 million copies--virtually unheard of for any classical work. Still, geographical isolation, language barriers and a recently conquered aversion to flying have made visits to the Western Hemisphere scarce.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1993
Henryk Gorecki's Third Symphony (editorial, "Musical Healing," Sept. 17) was inspired by the prayers to the mother of God by a Polish girl dying in a Gestapo prison. Its symbolism could and does include all of the victims of Nazi terror, Poles and Jews. But to write that it is a memorial to "Nazi Germany's attempt to exterminate the Jews" omits those for whom the symphony was written--all exterminated victims. And to further write that "anti-Semitic Poles were among the collaborators" is a gratuitous slap at Poles, unrelated to the performance, and denigrates the composition and the composer.
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June 5, 2011 | By Kevin Berger, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's unlikely that the lunch crowd in the Haiku Asian Bistro is aware that one of the world's most progressive classical music singers is giving an interview in their chattering midst. But that's how it is with Dawn Upshaw. She blends right in with the suburban moms in this boutique New York suburb, a brief drive from the town where Upshaw lives with her 17-year-old son. Her 21-year-old daughter is away in college. However, it's safe to say that Upshaw, 50, is the only one in the restaurant talking about her love for the contrapuntal music of 81-year-old composer George Crumb.
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September 21, 1997 | Elaine Dutka
Henryk Gorecki may be the best-selling living classical composer, but his visibility on the American scene lags far behind his reputation. The 1992 Nonesuch recording of his Third Symphony has sold nearly 1 million copies--virtually unheard of for any classical work. Still, geographical isolation, language barriers and a recently conquered aversion to flying have made visits to the Western Hemisphere scarce.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 1995 | Mark Swed, Mark Swed is a free-lance writer based in New York. and
When the mystical British composer John Tavener made a rare appearance in New York last year for a performance at Carnegie Hall of his cello concerto "The Protecting Veil," a large and curious crowd attended. The recording on Virgin of the work had become an international bestseller and was an outright sensation in London, practically on the order of Henryk Gorecki's Third Symphony. The work, rapt and reverential in tone, is long, static, repetitious.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 1992 | JOHN HENKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 16-year-old symphony of dirges by a reclusive and little-known Polish composer would seem implausible material for a chart-topping record here, but that has been the case this year for Henryk Gorecki and his Symphony No. 3. The Elektra Nonesuch disc from soprano Dawn Upshaw, conductor David Zinman and the London Sinfonietta emerged on the classical charts in June and has been firmly ensconced in the middle of the Billboard Top 10 ever since.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1999 | CHRIS PASLES
"Women Waiting," a new work by Ballet Pacifica artistic director Molly Lynch, will be part of the Cal State Long Beach Dance Faculty concert, Nov. 17-21, at the Knoebel Dance Theater, Cal State Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd. "They asked me to do a piece for the dance concert," Lynch said Thursday. "I auditioned the dancers in their [Cal State's] program and decided to do a new piece instead of restaging one of my older ones."
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February 20, 1989 | DANIEL CARIAGA
Connoisseurs, academics, trend-makers and young people aspiring to these roles again filled Schoenberg Auditorium at UCLA on Friday night, when the Kronos Quartet returned for another program of discovery. This time, the discoveries were genuine. Kronos has sometimes flirted with lightweight composers. Friday, on a program of five works, four of which were written recently on commissions for the San Francisco-based ensemble, real seriousness took the spotlight.
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