PRESENTS: SORROW - A REIMAGINING OF GORECKI’S 3RD SYMPHONY
we fell in love with stetson and his saxophone on the ‘new history warfare’ series then fell for him again with his devastatingly beautiful ‘never were the way she was’ (alongside sarah neufeld, who also lends a violin to this album) and now his classical turn has got us feeling all tight in the chest again.
there’s never been any question about Stetson’s audacious ambition, and once again he’s matched his lofty concepts and aims with a simply incredible rendition of gorecki. while it’s recognisably the blueprint that gorecki set out, it’s been morphed into an ode to tragedy and hope here, with his saxophone the driving force behind this breathtaking opus.
James Canham recommends: "It might be billed as opera, but Stetson’s dramatic score owes more to progressive black metal (think Wolves In The Throne Room’s ‘Celeste’) than frilly costumes – it’s a slow burner but it’s gloriously imposing and terrifying"