Sorrow - A Reimagining of Gorecki's 3rd Symphony

Colin Stetson - Sorrow - A Reimagining of Gorecki's 3rd Symphony
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2016 Ratings: #90 / 916
User Score
Based on 49 ratings
April 8, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
52Hz / Label / Website
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Drowned in Sound

What he has done is somehow make this work more immediate and pressing, and its density comes without compromising the minimalism of the piece.


Stetson delivers an acute, wider, deeper hearing of Górecki's symphony as a powerful, beautiful, musically diverse meditation on unspeakable loss.

The Skinny

It is a stretch to say Stetson improves on the lush instrumentation of the original. But that isn’t the point. This is something at once new and familiar, and it demands your attention immediately. 

This is instrumental music that embraces its undying capacity for uplift, that shakes off distinctions between bathos and pathos, between mawkish and grave, as it blasts upward.
Consequence of Sound

SORROW feels like a half-hour pummeling followed by a 24-minute healing session. And maybe that’s the point. Separation — and the grief resulting from it — is never an evenly balanced journey.

The 405

Whilst SORROW is clearly marked by genius, the scope and weight of this project is so substantial that the individual talent of a virtuoso like Stetson is somewhat buried, stepping back from the centre stage and once again filling the role of collaborator.


The album feels both traditional and playful, timeless and of the moment. It’s an album that you’ll get immersed in, one with surprises more subtle than some of Stetson’s other work, but not necessarily less rewarding.


SORROW is impressive overall, but it leaves one itching to hear something more original and contemporary from this extraordinary talent.

Worth a listen
Definitely a very weak release for Colin, the production and the performances aren't too bad but the mixing/mastering really needs some adjustment, and I had a really hard time getting around the vocals too. Overall I can't say I liked it really, unimpressed.
Colin Stetson has always been quite an intriguing and powerful character since his incursion in the music world, in the early 2000s. The saxophonist had shown quite an ambitious side to his playing, but that really showed up on his first full lenght LPs as a solo artist. Now, with Sorrow, a version of Górecki's 3rd Symphony (historically known as one of the bleakest pieces of music ever written), the artist has taken that ambition to a new level. Not only does reimagining such a powerful ... read more
EUH ... useless ?
Really, it's so "vu, revu et déjà vu" (ah nan mais là il fallait que je me mette cette affirmation en français)
For English people, sonority, instrumentation, voice, ... are very predictible.
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Track List

  1. Sorrow: I. Lento - Sostenuto tranquillo ma cantabile
  2. Sorrow: II. Lento e largo - Tranquillissimo
  3. Sorrow: III. Lento - Cantabile-semplice
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Added on: January 28, 2016