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The deaths of Górecki and our own John Tavener last year have robbed us of two unique voices in contemporary choral music – one strongly influenced by Polish Roman Catholicism, the other by the Russian Orthodox tradition. This important CD is an overt tribute to the Polish composer – the chorus was hand- picked from various Cracow choirs specially for the recording – and presents the first recordings of 20 of Górecki’s Church Songs in idiomatic, authentic readings from this well-balanced ensemble of 40-plus voices. Górecki’s adaptations of his liturgical material often centre on Marian texts. His versions require perfect intonation and balance, as well as a rich, full choral sound – all of which the Cracow Singers deliver and more. An engaging release with one drawback – neither the original Polish texts nor translations of the songs are provided in the liner notes.

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