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Henryk Mikołaj Górecki: Choral Music

The unique sound of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain is an ideal match for the choral music of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, music of a monumental radiance which demands a huge and rich sonority. Alongside the ever-popular Totus Tuus, this resplendent recording also contains his 1972 Psalm setting Euntes ibant et flebant, and two recent works here receiving their premieres on disc: the luminous Lobgesang and the thrillingly massive Salve, Sidus Polonorum, for choir, organ, piano and percussion.

"the quality of the individual voices, their complete skill in the art of choral singing and the mature musicianship evident across the choir would make this exceptional in any purely critical response is that this is fabulous. It counts among the most assured, compelling and intuitive recordings yet of Gorecki's choral music...performances of consummate authority"

"Górecki’s majestic, slow, sacred music is sung with great control and technique by the massed voices of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.... The clarity of the textures, the security of the pitching: both are impeccable."


"Gorecki may not be a minimalist in the strict sense of the term, but his choral works, in these beautiful interpretations by the National Youth Choir of Great Britain under Mike Brewer, are all about deriving maximum impact from minimal material...The minimalism reaches its apogee in the final section of 'Salve, Sidus Polonorum'...Breathtaking."

"The fresh, full-throated voices of the massed National Youth Choir of Great Britain under Michael Brewer are wonderfully affirmative and extrovert."

Producer: Paul Baxter
Venues: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford; Chapel of Oundle School
Recording dates: 26 August 2010; 15 April 2011 & 25 August 2011
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 7
Release Date: 2 April 2012

Catalogue No: DCD34054
Total playing time: 1:01:47

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