Colin Stetson’s Katowice concert on Polish Radio Two

Polish Radio Two

Tonight at 23:05 Polish Radio will broadcast the retransmission of Colin Stetson’s concert “Sorrow: a reimagining of Górecki’s 3rd Symphony” played live on December 18th 2016 in Katowice City of Gardens (program Nokturn on PR 2).


Katowice was the first place in Poland, where Stetson played the unique post-rock interpretation of the 3rd Symphony of the “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs” by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.

For Canadian multi-instrumentalist Colin Stetson, the concert in Katowice was a tribute to a composer whose music fascinated him as a teenager. Katowice also honored this concert with the first anniversary of the UNESCO City of Music title.

Stetson has become known as the virtuoso of saxophone, clarinet and corner, recording with such well-known musicians as Tom Waits, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed and Sinead O’Connor. He also appeared on one scene with well-known alternative music groups – Arcade Fire and The National.

III Symfonia Henryka Mikołaja Góreckiego zafascynowała Colina Stetsona wiele lat temu. Artysta należy do tej niezmierzonej grupy miłośników symfonii, która pojawiła się na świecie po premierze nagrania London Sinfonietty. Jak sam mówi, III Symfonia jest utworem, która zmieniła go, jako człowieka. Słuchał jej niezliczoną ilość razy, próbując poznać utwór całkowicie. Aż wreszcie uznał, że sam może się zmierzyć z utworem.


Third Symphony of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki fascinated Colin many years ago. The artist belongs to this immense group of symphony lovers, who appeared after the premiere of the London Sinfonietta recordings. As he himself says, 3rd Symphony changed him as a man. He listened to it countless times trying to get to know the song completely. Until finally he decided that he himself could face the composition.

This is how he started the “Sorrow” project that Stetson referred that as: reimagining, re-imagined of the Third Symphony. Stetson changed even the his is how the “Sorrow” project, which Stetson referred to as reimagining, re-imagined the Third Symphony. Stetson changed even the instrumentarium, introducing a saxophone or an electric guitar. He performed “Sorrow” with an 11-person group of artists, among whom are: his sister – Megane Stetson or wife, violinist Sarah Neufeld.

The concert was recorded, mixed and mastered by the employee of the Institution of Culture “Katowice City of Gardens” – Michał Paduch.