Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Few classical music works have touched me so much as Gorecki's third symphony from 1976, also known as the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. Here, on international holocaust remembrance day, is the third movement by soprano Isabel Bayrakdaraian, and the Sinfonietta Cracovia, conducted by John Axelrod. Images were taken from "HOLOCAUST - A Music Memorial Film from Auschwitz". For the first time since its liberation, permission was granted for music to be heard in Auschwitz and a number of leading musicians were brought there to perform music for the film. Spine chilling.