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Matrix 3 - Lutoslawski: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2, Funeral Music / Lutoslawski, Warsaw Polish Radio/Tv So


Release Date: 03/15/1994 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 65076   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Witold Lutoslawski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Powerful and seething works from one of the 20th Century's supreme musical colorists.

It's my guess that posterity will judge Witold Lutoslawski as among the supreme twentieth-century musical colorists. All four works included on this superbly refurbished CD share an acute sense of texture, with the Symphonic Variations (1938) serving as a sort of changing room where the composer busily experiments with all manner of musical dress. But thereafter, dormant characteristics take on a stronger form, although my ears detect a good deal of Roussel in the First Symphony (1941-7), both in terms of texture and design. The Funeral music for Bartok (Musique funebre, 1956-8) is a powerful synthesis of original thought and active
Read more homage, with plentiful reminders of the master himself—especially of his Divertimento for strings.

The real ground-breaker, however, is the Second Symphony, a seething, structured mass in two parts: the first, nervous and diffuse (with strikingly original passagework for piano and percussion), the second—which arrives without a break—initially dense, but ultimately ethereal. All in all, this must surely count as the introduction to Lutoslawski's symphonic world, and Julian Haylock's helpful notes offer the uninitiated plenty of useful musical signposts.

-- Gramophone [2/1995]
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphonic Variations by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Witold Lutoslawski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1976 
Venue:  Radio/TV Studios, Katowice, Poland 
Length: 8 Minutes 52 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 1 by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Witold Lutoslawski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1976 
Venue:  Radio/TV Studios, Katowice, Poland 
Length: 24 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3. Funeral Music by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Witold Lutoslawski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Venue:  Radio/TV Studios, Katowice, Poland 
Length: 13 Minutes 30 Secs. 
4. Symphony no 2 by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Witold Lutoslawski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966-1967; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Venue:  Radio/TV Studios, Katowice, Poland 
Length: 31 Minutes 22 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Symphony no 1: I. Allegro giusto
Funeral Music

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