Polish avant-garde composer Henryk Górecki (1933–2010) set the classical music world ablaze with the 1992 recording of his Symphony no. 3, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. Inspired by the themes of maternal love and wartime loss, with texts sung by soprano Dawn Upshaw, the release went on to sell more than a million copies, a number unheard of for a classical recording up to that point.
Join The Classical Station as we present this moving performance on Wavelengths on Sunday, December 6, the anniversary of the composer’s birth.
Carl Vollrath, born to German parents in New York City in 1931, has written a wealth of music in his long career, including six wind symphonies, an opera, and lots of chamber music. He played in the West Point Band in the 1950s and studied composition with Ernst von Dohnányi, Carlisle Floyd, and John Boda. In 2008, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman released a two-disc collection of Vollrath’s compositions called Jack’s Fat Cat. Join The Classical Station on September 20 as we feature music of Carl Vollrath on Wavelengths.
And don’t miss our tribute to Estonian composer Arvo Pärt on September 6, the Sunday before his 85th birthday.
Photo of Carl Vollrath courtesy of Troy University
Photo of Arvo Pärt by Priit Grepp and the Arvo Pärt Centre
On Sunday, March 8, we celebrated the music of Dobrinka Tabakova on Wavelengths. It was part of our larger feature of contemporary female composers during Women’s History Month.
Born in Bulgaria and raised in London, Dobrinka Tabakova writes music that draws upon both eastern and western European traditions. Her works have been commissioned by numerous organizations, including the Royal Philharmonic Society and BBC Radio 3, and her 2013 album String Paths was nominated for a Grammy Award.