January 8, 1995 |
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.
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
September 21, 1997 |
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.
June 5, 2011 |
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.