Portishead’s Beth Gibbons to release new orchestral album

It will be Gibbons’ first release since Portishead’s 2008 album

Portishead’s Beth Gibbons has announced a new live record with composer Krzysztof Pendereck and the Polish National Radio Symphony.

‘Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)’ is a recording of Gibbons’ and the orchestra’s live performance of Henryk Górecki’s composition at The National Opera Grand Theatre, Warsaw on November 29, 2014.

Domino said of the project: “Following an invitation to collaborate at the concert, Beth Gibbons undertook an intense preparation process, including tackling the challenge of learning the Polish original text (and the emotional weight it carries) without speaking the mother language.

Beth Gibbons

“The other challenge was the music itself. Beth’s voice is, in classical terms, a contralto; Górecki wrote for a soprano, one register higher. While she had ventured into the soprano range before, she hadn’t spent a sustained stretch of time there in performance; she sought the help of both English and Polish vocal coaches. Typical to Beth, the challenge was met and exceeded.”

The live album is Gibbons’ first release since Portishead’s 2008 album, ‘Third’.

The collaboration follows Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki’s previous collaborations with Jonny Greenwood and Aphex Twin.

Górecki’s ‘Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)’ was released in 1992 and reached Number Six in the UK album charts. It’s sold more than a million copies to date.

‘Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)’ is released as both an audio and film recording on March 29 2019 and is available to pre-order now.

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