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Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works Vol 3 / Wit, Polish Rso


Release Date: 04/22/1997 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553423   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Bernd GlemserPiotr KusiewiczAdam Kruszewski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Volume Three of the Naxos series of Lutoslawski's orchestral music centers on the brilliant Symphony No. 3 written for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This is among the most recorded of modern symphonies, including a version by the composer with the Berlin Philharmonic. The Polish performance stands up well to the competition and offers, in addition to the early Paganini Variations for piano and orchestra, two of the late song cycles to French surrealist poetry, one for tenor and one for baritone.
Prior to the post-Stalin thaw in Soviet culture, Lutoslawski wrote in the accepted Socialist Realism style, deploying his fine craftsmanship in music that would be much simpler harmonically than his more characteristic music of the '60s and
Read more beyond. The Paganini Variations, using the famous theme from the twenty-fourth caprice, is a brilliant supplement to the more famous treatment by Rachmaninov. Although not fielding an orchestra of the refinement of the Berlin or Los Angeles Philharmonics, Wit offers fine, competitive performances at an unbeatable price and includes much repertoire otherwise unavailable. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; Poland 
Date of Recording: 05/1995 
2.
Variations on a theme of Paganini for Piano and Orchestra by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Bernd Glemser (Piano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941/1978; Poland 
Date of Recording: 02/27/1995 
3.
Paroles tissées by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Piotr Kusiewicz (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; Poland 
Date of Recording: 05/31/1995 
4.
Les espaces du sommeil by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Adam Kruszewski (Baritone)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; Poland 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 

Sound Samples

Variations on a Theme by Paganini: Paganini Variations
Paroles tissees: Un chat qui s'emerveille (A cat that is in wonder) -
Paroles tissees: Quand le jour a rouvert les branches du jardin (When day has opened again the garden branches) -
Paroles tissees: Mille chevaux hors d'haleine (A thousand horses out of breath) -
Paroles tissees: Dormez cette paleur nous est venue de loin (Sleep this pallor comes to us from afar)
Les Espaces du Sommeil
Symphony No. 3

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