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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Colina & Górecki

Repertoire

Colina
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Colina
Three Cabinets of Wonder – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Górecki
Symphony No. 3

Performers

Richard Bernas
conductor
Anastasia Khitruk
violin
Alexandra Hutton
soprano

This programme brings together recent music from American composer Michael Colina with one of the most popular classical works of the twentieth century, Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. Colina’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being and his Violin Concerto, Three Cabinets of Wonder, were both written in 2010, and demonstrate a fascinating contrast between the infectious rhythms of Cuban jazz and contemplative silence.

The late Henryk Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs was composed as a memorial to victims of the Holocaust; its air of ethereal, mournful beauty has touched the hearts of millions. As Górecki put it: “Perhaps people find something they need in this piece of music… somehow I hit the right note”.

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