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Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works Vol 4 / Wit, Polish Rso


Release Date: 07/28/1998 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553625   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Andrzej Bauer
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

Somewhat unusually, the fourth volume of the Naxos series of Lutoslawski orchestral recordings concentrates entirely on the music of his full maturity where the composer used brief passages of aleatoric counterpoint. As the composer stated many times, this is not improvisation: All the music is written out, but the precise coordination over a set duration is left to the moment. Thus each performance is, in its small details, literally unique. By the time of 'Livre pour orchestre,' written in 1968, Lutoslawski had begun to incorporate a certain amount of indeterminacy in all of his music.
The masterful Cello Concerto, written for Rostropovich in 1970, marked Lutoslawski's mature return to concertante writing. At the great cellist's
Read more request, only musical considerations were taken into account, hence the fearsome solo part. It is one of the composer's finest works, and is very well performed here. The 'Novelette' was also written for Rostropovich, this time as conductor, as a companion piece to the Cello Concerto in 1979. Finally, from Lutoslawski's last period comes 'Chain No.3,' the last of three works all employing a similar chain method of construction. All three works reflect the increasingly refined idiom of Lutoslawski's final decades. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Cello by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Andrzej Bauer (Cello)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; Poland 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Katowice 
2. Livre pour Orchestre by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Katowice 
3. Novelette by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978-1979; Poland 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Katowice 
4. Chain 2 for Violin and Orchestra : Ad libitum by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; Poland 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Katowice 

Sound Samples

Livre pour orchestre
Cello Concerto: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Novelette: Announcement
Novelette: First Event
Novelette: Second Event
Novelette: Third Event
Novelette: Conclusion
Chain 3: Chain No. 3

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