Classical music marks Smolensk tragedy

Polish Radio Two is webcasting two concerts tonight (April 18) in memory of victims of the Smolensk tragedy‏.

At 19.00 Polish time a live concert:

Andrzej Panufnik - Epitafium katyńskie
Henryk Górecki - III Symfonia pieśni żałosnych (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) op. 36

Łukasz Borowicz conducts Polish Radio Orchestra and Wioletta Chodowicz soprano

At 22.00 Polish time a recorded concert:

Krzysztof Penderecki - Polskie Requiem: Lacrimosa
Johannes Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem

Alexander Liebreich conducts National Orchestra of Polish Radio, Krakow Philharmonic Choir, Christiane Oelze soprano and Stephan Genz - baritone

Find Polish Radio Two here, convert Polish time to local here.

It is noteworthy that three of the four works being broadcast in the tribute are from the twentieth century. As stations such as BBC Radio 3 abandon challenging programming so internet radio grows in importance as part of the classical music survival network. I have been hearing good things about internet radio application RadioShift which claims to provide listings and recording facilities. Any reader reports on RadioShift and news of other internet stations offering challenging classical programming are very welcome. More on this in The Long Tail of Radio,

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Pliable said…
Speaking of the internet -
Unknown said…
Thanks very much. Was able to get to the site about 10 minutes before it started. Excellent performance, though perhaps more slick than the performance by Jerzy Katlewsicz, Polish Radio Natl Orch that I first heard it from

Terrible thing to happen to the Poles. Though I wouldn't want to whitewash, former President Kaczynski's moralistic repression.

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