Extra Eclectic

Gorecki and Upshaw make modern classical magic

Dawn UpshawPhoto: Brooke Irish/Ojai Festival

Extra Eclectic for March 17, 2021


March 17, 2021

Dawn Upshaw is one of the most accomplished and beloved singers of opera and art song of the last several decades, but many listeners first heard her singing in a recording that may have also been their first encounter with classical music as a whole. In 1992, a new recording of Henryk Gorecki's "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" crashed through all manner of genre barriers and became the top selling classical recording of all time.

Steve Seel samples some of Upshaw's singing from that recording on week's program, which also showcases a host of other women performers and composers as we continue our celebration of Women's History Month.