London Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrzej Boreyko
World premiere performance, Royal Festival Hall, London, 12th April 2014
The extremity of such individual ideas, and the replacement of any sense of development by sheer repetition, give the symphony a rough-hewn, monumental feel.
Those expecting the serenity of the Third may have been disappointed, but this swansong turned out to be extraordinary: playful, dramatic and tender.
A London audience enthusiastically received the premiere performance of the Symphony No. 4 - “Tansman Episodes,” written by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.
The Górecki piece was performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, led by maestro Andrzej Boreyko. This was the last piece written by renowned Polish composer before his death in 2010. Górecki left a shortened version of the score for piano with detailed writings on orchestration, dynamics and tempo. The final version of the score was prepared by Mikołaj Górecki – son of the composer.
Symphony No. 4's style differs from the previous "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs", which was a resounding success primarily in the United Kingdom and the United States, where it remained on the classical music charts for many weeks and made Henryk Mikołaj Górecki one of the most popular composers of 20th century.