Henryk Gorecki – ‘Symphony No.3’

 

In its slow, sinewing growth out of silence, Gorecki’s ‘No.3’ seduces the listener into a terrible darkness, a sense of sorrow and loss, but then beautifies that experience into an affirmation of life itself (in this sense, not unlike Tippett’s ‘Child of Our Time’). Where Keats’ espoused ‘truth and beauty’, Gorecki’s work, in this instance, seems to say that whereas truth is not necessarily beauty, beauty is always truth, or at least a truth. Life carries on, not regardless, but quite simply because it must. Somehow or other we’ve all made it to this point in time, and in that alone, surely, there is great cause for joy.

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