Beth Gibbons/Krzysztof Penderecki/Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

By | May 12, 2019

HenrykGoreckiBethGibbonsSymphonyOfSorrowfulSongs-1Genre: Classical
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 5.5/10
Commentary:So I really like pop culture takes on this symphony. For example Colin Stetson’s 2016 version is one of my favorite albums in recent years. This version with rock singer Beth Gibbons (Portishead) is interesting but, I think, ultimately unsuccessful. Beth’s voice is to flat and doesn’t carry its own against the orchestra, which plays it straight. The eery, free-floating tonal quality that makes this symphony so powerful is missing.
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