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Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works Vol 1 / Wit, Polish Rso


Release Date: 09/17/1996 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553202   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Krysztof Bakowski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Naxos series of the orchestral music of Witold Lutoslawski generally presents music from all phases of the great composer's career. In Vol.1, the 'Funeral Music' for strings, written to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Bartok's death, presents the composer in his overtly nationalistic phase. Although harmonically more advanced than Bartok's, the music is immediately accessible and shows the composer already firmly in possession of the unerring sense of form that would characterize all his later music.
The triptych of the 'Partita,' 'Interlude,' and 'Chain II' marks Lutoslawski's only works for violin and orchestra. The outer panels were originally written separately for Anne Sophie Mutter. However, for a concert in which both
Read more works were to be heard, Lutoslawski added the intervening 'Interlude' without soloist to form a 40-minute concert work comparable to the Brahms or Beethoven violin concertos. Finally, the very late Symphony No. 4, written in Lutoslawski's characteristic two-movement form for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, sums up a lifetime of orchestral writing with a final masterpiece. The performances are excellent, as is the recorded sound, and at Naxos's budget price they are irresistible. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4 by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993-1994; Poland 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Katowice 
2.
Partita for Violin and Orchestra by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Krysztof Bakowski (Violin)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Poland 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Katowice 
3.
Chain 2 for Violin and Orchestra by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Krysztof Bakowski (Violin)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; Poland 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Katowice 
4.
Funeral Music by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; Poland 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Katowice 
5.
Interlude for Orchestra by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; Poland 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Katowice 

Sound Samples

Funeral Music: Prologue
Funeral Music: Metamorphoses
Funeral Music: Apogeum
Funeral Music: Epilogue
Chain II: Ad libitum
Chain II: A battuta
Chain II: Ad libitum
Chain II: A battuta - Ad libitum - A battuta
Interlude
Partita (version for violin and orchestra): Allegro giusto
Partita (version for violin and orchestra): Ad libitum
Partita (version for violin and orchestra): Largo
Partita (version for violin and orchestra): Ad libitum
Partita (version for violin and orchestra): Presto
Symphony No. 4

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