Sarah Brightman - Lento e largo

"O Mamo nie placz nie - Niebos Przeczysta
Królowo Ty zawsze wspieraj mnie"

("Oh mamma do not cry - Immaculate
Queen of Heaven support me always")

Music and lyrics: Henryk Górecki (arr. Sally Herbert)

From: Dreamchaser (2013)

Lento e Largo is from Symphony No.3, Op.36 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)
Source of the lyrics: the CD-booklet of the Japanese release, with thanks to Konstantinos Koutras.
[also with thanks to Eddy Botazzi]
The "song" is in Polish -- see below.
It is difficult to understand what Sarah sings here.
It sounds partly only like vocalisation.
From this page at Wikipedia:
The Symphony No. 3, Op. 36, also known as the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs (Polish: Symfonia piesni zalosnych), is a symphony in three movements composed by Henryk Górecki in Katowice, Poland, between October and December 1976. The work is indicative of the transition between Górecki's dissonant earlier manner and his more tonal later style. [...]

A solo soprano sings a different Polish text in each of the three movements. The first is a 15th-century Polish lament of Mary, mother of Jesus, the second a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell during World War II, and the third a Silesian folk song of a mother searching for her son killed in the Silesian uprisings. The first and third movements are written from the perspective of a parent who has lost a child, and the second movement from that of a child separated from a parent. The dominant themes of the symphony are motherhood and separation through war.

It's the second movement that comprises Sarah's song. Iit contains, as the Wikipedia-page puts it:
[...] a libretto formed from the prayer to the Virgin Mary inscribed by Blazusiakówna on the cell wall in Zakopane. [...] The final words of the movement are the first two lines of the Polish Ave Maria, sung twice on a repeated pitch by the soprano.

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