A "remake" of Gorecki's 3rd Symphony. While the feel of Gorecki's original is here, what bothers me the most is that this rendition is TOO loud (as in, lacks dynamic range). Because of it, it often feels like an assault on the senses. Despite this, this is a good album - and if we someday get a more dynamic remaster, I'll be very happy!
Favorite track: Sorrow: I - Lento — Sostenuto Tranquillo Ma Cantabile.
Although he has kept the original arrangements almost entirely in tact, Stetson has completely augmened the instrumentation by utilizing his own skills on the saxophone, integrating black metal-inspired tremolo guitars and dungeon synths, and his sister’s incredibly powerful mezzo-soprano voice.
'SORROW', led by Stetson, is a reimagining of Henryk Górecki's most famous piece, performed by a 12-piece band including Arcade Fire's Sarah Neufeld, Saltland's Rebecca Foon, Greg Fox of Liturgy, Megan Stetson and more and recorded in 2015 in Brooklyn, New York.
“We all have those moments when we experience a piece of music that transforms us, and this was one of those moments for me," says Stetson. "Over the years, I went on to listen to this record countless times, always determined to absorb every instance of it, to know it throughout and fully. And this dedication to a thorough knowledge of the piece eventually gave way to a need to perform it."
"The concept was simple, and true to the original score. I haven’t changed existing notation, but rather have worked with altering instrumentation, utilizing a group consisting heavily of woodwinds, synthesizers, and electric guitars... The arrangement draws heavily from the world of black metal, early electronic music, and from my own body of solo saxophone music. The result is an intact rendition of Henryk Górecki’s 3rd Symphony, though one which has been filtered through the lens of my particular musical aesthetic and experience.”
released April 8, 2016
Colin Stetson: Alto, Tenor, Bass Saxophones; Contrabass Clarinet; Lyricon
Dan Bennett: Tenor, Baritone Saxophones; Clarinet
Greg Fox: Drums
Grey Mcmurray: Guitar
Gyda Valtysdottir: Cello
Justin Walter: Keyboards, EVI
Matt Bauder: Tenor, Baritone Saxophones; Clarinet
Megan Stetson: Voice
Rebecca Foon: Cello
Ryan Ferreira: Guitar
Sarah Neufeld: Violin
Shahzad Ismaily: Synth
Studio: Figure 8 Studios, Brooklyn NY
Engineer: Eli Crews
Producer: Colin Stetson
Mastering engineer: Mell Dettmer
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This album is a change, not a degradation. The composition style on this only somewhat follows the usual GBY!BE formula. It is more subtle this time, with good effect. This is famously panned by such critics as Anthony Fantano for this reason only. Of course, listen first before you buy. But listen to it for itself and without preconceptions. Then it makes sense. All that having been said, the material is even more impactful live. Go see a live show first is my advice. paulrichardbishop