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Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s  Symphony No.3 sold all over the world in over a million copies and became the biggest commercial success in Polish contemporary music. The composition was enjoyed both by music lovers and people who have nothing to do with classical music, teenagers and long-distance truck drivers. The record stayed at the top of the charts of the British classical music radio station Classic FM and listeners requested for the composition to be played all the time.

During Nostalgia Festival Poznań we will meet Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, a world-renowned figure towering over Polish music, as well as a determined man, heavily tested by life, a man who loved Polish mountains and working with wood. We will have the opportunity to watch a special documentary „Please find - Henryk Mikołaj Górecki” directed by Violetta Rotter-Kozera as well as unique concert recordings.

Maestro Górecki will be seen in his role as the conductor during the recording of Symphony No.3 performed by the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra at the composer’s favourite town – Zakopane. We will watch the recording of ”Small requiem for a certain Polka””, which is a composition created after Górecki’s global success, performed by ASKO / SCHÖNBER and conducted by Hans Leenders on Sacrum Profanum in 2010.

The audience of the Nostalgia concert is invited to come a bit early to see the screening of a world premiere of the St. Adalbert oratory  “Sanctus Adalbertus” op. 71 as it was performed by w National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Polish Radio Choir in Cracow  under the baton of Maestro Jacek Kaspszyk. A rendition of the same composition performed by Marcin Masecki and Jerzy Rogiewicz will sound out moments later at the Jesuit Fathers Church.

The cinematic part of Nostalgia will be concluded by the film “Wit” directed by Mike Nichols featuring Górecki’s music, which won an Emmy for best TV film, direction and montage. 

Admission to the film screenings is free. The second tranche of the free-of-charge entry tickets to the concert will be available at Centrum Informacji Miejskiej (ul. Ratajczaka 44, Poznań) starting Monday, 31 October.