Beth Gibbons - Henryk Górecki: Symphony No 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)

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As one of the founding members of the iconic trip-hop band Portishead, Beth Gibbons’s musical career has been decorated with electronic-fuelled instrumentation and guitar riffs. Trading contemporary for classical, Gibbons collaborated with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra for this unique live performance, conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki at The National Opera Gran Theatre in Warsaw. This recorded performance celebrates Górecki’s seminal work, which found billboard success after the then newly established radio station Classic FM gave it a home in the 1990s. For this piece, Gibbons learnt not only a new style of singing, from contralto to soprano, but also a new language (Polish) to sing in.

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