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Lutoslawski: Symphonies, Concertos, Choral & Vocal Works

Lutoslawski / Polish National Radio Sym Orch
Release Date: 08/27/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8501066  
Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Olga PasichnykPeter PalecznyBernd GlemserPiotr Kusiewicz,   ... 
Conductor:  Antoni WitWitold Lutoslawski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony OrchestraPolish Radio Symphony Orchestra KatowiceCamerata Silesia Singers,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This tremendously rewarding set contains 38 works on nine CDs, plus a bonus tenth disc featuring the composer’s last appearance conducting his own works (well recorded by the CBC in Toronto, just a few months before his death). Lutoskawski was one of the 20th century’s great musical voices, and although he’s best known for his more avant-garde pieces, plus the transitional Concerto for Orchestra, the truth is that his range was far wider than that. Having the opportunity to savor some four-plus decades of his output, from the marvelous 20 Polish Christmas Carols of 1946 right through to the end of his career in 1994 is a remarkable experience.

At the heart of this collection lies the
Read more work of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under Antoni Wit, a largely unsung but truly great conductor who is completely in his element here. He plays all of this music with idiomatic flair, but also a passion and intensity that is very special. Sample, for instance, his ultra vibrant handling of the conclusion of the Third Symphony (sound clip). In the concertos and vocal works, Wit is joined by a stellar selection of talent both familiar and local, but no less accomplished: soprano Olga Pasichnyk, tenor Piotr Kusiewicz, baritone Adam Kruszewski, pianist Bernd Glemser, violinist Krzystof Bakowski, cellist Andrzej Bauer, and several others. Lutoslawski, throughout is life, enjoyed the advocacy of the best and most famous artists in their respective media, but none of Wit’s associates need fear comparison to them.

The set’s ten discs come packaged in a sturdy box with a booklet containing all of the original notes. The fact is that these performances are, on the whole, finer than the composer’s own, and the engineering is excellent too. The only things missing are translations of the texts (which can be found on the Naxos website). Still, this is a landmark set, and a major accomplishment by any standard.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Poland 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Polish Radio SO Concert Hall, Katowice 
Length: 25 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Chantefleurs et chantefables by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Olga Pasichnyk (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990/1992; Poland 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Polish Radio SO Concert Hall, Katowice 
Length: 20 Minutes 16 Secs. 
3.
Silesian Tryptych by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Olga Pasichnyk (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Poland 
Date of Recording: 09/19/1997 
Venue:  Polish Radio SO Concert Hall, Katowice 
Length: 9 Minutes 35 Secs. 
4.
Venetian Games by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/1997 
Venue:  Polish Radio SO Concert Hall, Katowice 
Length: 8 Minutes 17 Secs. 
5.
Postlude no 1 by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; Poland 
Date of Recording: 09/06/1996 
Venue:  Polish Radio SO Concert Hall, Katowice 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
6.
Symphonic Variations by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Poland 
Date of Recording: 08/1994 
Venue:  Polish Radio Concert Hall, Katowice 
Length: 9 Minutes 19 Secs. 
7.
Little Suite by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; Poland 
Date of Recording: 08/1994 
Venue:  Polish Radio Concert Hall, Katowice 
Length: 10 Minutes 15 Secs. 
8.
Symphony no 2 by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966-1967; Poland 
Date of Recording: 08/1994 
Venue:  Polish Radio Concert Hall, Katowice 
Length: 31 Minutes 15 Secs. 
9.
Concerto for Piano "For Krystian Zimerman" by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Peter Paleczny (Piano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Venue:  Polish Radio Concert Hall, Katowice 
Length: 26 Minutes 37 Secs. 
10.
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 
11.
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 
12.
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 
13.
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 
14.
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 
15.
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 
16.
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 
17.
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 
18.
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 
19.
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 
20.
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 
21.
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 
22.
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 
23.
Concerto for Orchestra by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1996-97 
24.
Poèmes (3) d'Henri Michaux by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Camerata Silesia Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1996-97 
25.
Mi-Parti by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1996-97 
26.
Overture for Strings by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1996-97 
27.
Postludes (3) by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958-1963; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1996-2000 
Venue:  Fitelberg Concert Hall, Kawotice, Poland 
Length: 16 Minutes 44 Secs. 
28.
Preludes and Fugue for Strings by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; Poland 
Date of Recording: 07/23/2000 
Venue:  Fitelberg Concert Hall, Kawotice, Poland 
Length: 35 Minutes 24 Secs. 
29.
Mini Overture by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; Poland 
Date of Recording: 05/2000 
Venue:  Fitelberg Concert Hall, Kawotice, Poland 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
30.
Fanfare for Louisville by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Poland 
Date of Recording: 05/2000 
Venue:  Fitelberg Concert Hall, Kawotice, Poland 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
31.
Fanfare for CUBE by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; Poland 
Date of Recording: 05/2000 
Venue:  Fitelberg Concert Hall, Kawotice, Poland 
Length: 0 Minutes 25 Secs. 
32.
Prelude for GSMD by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; Poland 
Date of Recording: 05/2000 
Venue:  Fitelberg Concert Hall, Kawotice, Poland 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
33.
Fanfare for Lancaster by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; Poland 
Date of Recording: 05/2000 
Venue:  Fitelberg Concert Hall, Kawotice, Poland 
Length: 0 Minutes 28 Secs. 
34.
Dance Preludes (5) for Clarinet, Harp, Piano, Percussion and Strings by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Zbigniew Kaleta (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; Poland 
35.
Double Concerto for Oboe and Harp by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Nicolas Tulliez (Harp), Arkadiusz Krupa (Oboe)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; Poland 
36.
Grave by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Rafal Kwiatkowski (Cello)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; Poland 
37.
Chain 1 for Chamber Orchestra by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Rafal Kwiatkowski (Cello)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; Poland 
38.
Children's Songs (2): no 1, The Overdue Nightingale by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Urszula Kryger (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Poland 
39.
Children's Songs (2): no 2, About Mr Tralalinski by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Urszula Kryger (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Poland 
40.
Children's Songs (6): no 1, Dance by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Urszula Kryger (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Poland 
41.
Children's Songs (6): no 2, The Four Seasons by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Urszula Kryger (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Poland 
42.
Children's Songs (6): no 3, Kitten by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Urszula Kryger (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Poland 
43.
Children's Songs (6): no 4, Grzes is going through the village by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Urszula Kryger (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Poland 
44.
Children's Songs (6): no 5, A Brook by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Urszula Kryger (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Poland 
45.
Children's Songs (6): no 6, The bird's gossips by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Urszula Kryger (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Poland 
46.
Polish Christmas Carols (20) by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Olga Pasichnyk (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Katowice Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra,  Cracow Polish Radio/TV Chorus,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; Poland 
47.
Lacrimosa by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Olga Pasichnyk (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Katowice Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra,  Cracow Polish Radio/TV Chorus,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; Poland 
48.
Songs (5) for Female Voice and Piano/Orchestra by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Jadwiga Rappé (Alto)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Katowice Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra,  Cracow Polish Radio/TV Chorus,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957 
49.
Partita for Violin and Orchestra by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Fujiko Imajishi (Violin)
Conductor:  Witold Lutoslawski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Music Concerts
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Poland 
50.
Chain 2 for Violin and Orchestra by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Fujiko Imajishi (Violin)
Conductor:  Witold Lutoslawski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Music Concerts
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; Poland 
51.
Interlude for Orchestra by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Witold Lutoslawski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Music Concerts
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; Poland 
52.
Chantefleurs et chantefables by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Valdine Anderson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Witold Lutoslawski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Music Concerts
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990/1992; Poland 
53.
Chain 1 for Chamber Orchestra by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Witold Lutoslawski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Music Concerts
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; Poland 

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