Witold Lutoslawski

Biography

Born: January 25, 1913; Warsaw, Poland   Died: February 7, 1994; Warsaw, Poland  
Lutoslawski was the leading progressive figure in Polish music of the second half of the twentieth century. Born in Warsaw, he showed an exceptional musical talent at an early age, with his first compositions dating from 1922. He studied piano, violin, and composition (with Witold Maliszewski, a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov), graduating from the Warsaw Conservatory in 1937. Two years, at the beginning of World War II, Poland was occupied by the Nazi Read more Germany; and Nazi repression included censorship on artistic expression. Lutoslawski survived the difficult war years as well as the subsequent Stalinist period by writing for radio, film, and theatre. In addition, he arranged folk-songs and composed music for children.

Considered too formalist, his concert music was rarely performed. His first substantial orchestral work, The Symphonic Variations was premiered in 1939. It is a work firmly rooted in tonality with a folk-like theme that is varied in a kaleidoscopic way. His first stylistic period culminated in the folk-influenced, three-movement Concerto for Orchestra (1954).

With the cultural thaw which started in the late '50s, his reputation began to grow, at home and abroad, as did his compositional style, with twelve-tone techniques appearing in Funeral Music (1958). In this work, Lutoslawski continually resolves ascending scales with semi-tone intervals that tend to anchor tonal centers within keyless regions. In Jeux Vénitiens (1961), Lutoslawski took his first step into a "limited aleatory music" -- after hearing a performance of John Cage's Concerto for Piano in 1960. Lutoslawski's elegant String Quartet (1964) utilizes four rhythmically independent strands simultaneously, yielding wonderfully dense and elastic textures. In the Live pour orchestra (1968) the work's four main sections are connected by controlled aleatory passages. Most of his subsequent works were orchestral, fully chromatic, orchestrated in a manner suggesting Debussy and Ravel, and consistently develop an opposition between aleatory and metrical textures. Lutoslawski went on to compose nearly twenty major orchestral works, including Symphony No. 3 (1982), for which he was awarded the prestigious Grawemeyer Award, and his final Symphony No. 4 (1992), commissioned and premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

He also composed works for distinguished soloists, such as Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, (&Les espaces du sommeil), Heinz and Ursula Holliger (Concerto for Oboe and Harp), Anne-Sophie Mutter, Chain II, Mstislav Rostropovich (cello concerto), and Krystian Zimmerman (Piano Concerto). Lutoslawski's extensive experience conducting his own works helped him to refine his musical language, his later works becoming more lyrical and harmonically transparent. Read less
Witold Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1
Release Date: 10/26/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5082   Number of Discs: 1
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Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works Vol. 4 / Gardner, Bbc Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 03/26/2013   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5108   Number of Discs: 1
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Lutoslawski, Bartók, Helweg / Safri Duo, Slovak Piano Duo
Release Date: 11/14/1995   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9398   Number of Discs: 1
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Lutoslawski: Concerto For Orchestra, Etc / Tortelier, Bbc Po
Release Date: 03/19/1996   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9421   Number of Discs: 1
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Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works Vol 2 / Gardner, Lortie, BBC Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 01/31/2012   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5098   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 151.
    20/21 - Lutoslawski: Piano Concerto, Etc / Mutter, Zimerman
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471588 Release Date: 11/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Phillip Moll,  Krystian Zimerman
    Conductor:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 152.
    Works For Flute And Harp - Rust, Zamara, Busser, Ibert, Etc
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 347 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Friedrich Wilhelm Rust,  Antonio Zamara,  Henri Büsser,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Sikorzak-Olek
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  • 153.
    Lutoslawski, Dutilleux: Cello Concertos / Rostropovich
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 67868 Release Date: 09/17/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Serge Baudo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
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  • 154.
    Guitar Impressions - Music For Two Guitars / Hebb, Svitt
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 214 Release Date: 09/01/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stanley Myers,  Isaac Albeniz,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Jacques Ibert  ... 
    Performer:  Bernard Hebb,  Finn Svit
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  • 155.
    Pavane - Encore Selections / Hiromi Okada
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 608 Release Date: 06/25/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Webern,  Witold Lutoslawski  ... 
    Performer:  Hiromi Okada
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  • 156.
    Lutoslawski: Orchestral Music Vol 7 / Wit, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555270 Release Date: 11/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 157.
    Lutoslawski, Nielsen, Prokofiev / Stoltzman, Leighton Smith
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63836 Release Date: 10/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Richard Stoltzman,  Tomasz Bielak
    Conductor:  Lawrence Leighton Smith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 158.
    Bartók, Lutoslawski: Concertos For Orchestsra / Davis
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 7406192 Release Date: 10/15/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Witold Lutoslawski
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 159.
    Milestones - 6 Cello Concertos / Peter Wispelwey, Et Al
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 14982 Release Date: 09/11/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Karl Davidoff  ... 
    Performer:  Paolo Giacometti,  Pieter Wispelwey
    Conductor:  Jac Van Steen,  Lawrence Renes,  Richard Tognetti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Netherlands Wind Ensemble  ... 
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  • 160.
    The Best Of Lutoslawski
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556692 Release Date: 08/21/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Krysztof Bakowski,  Andrzej Bauer,  Peter Paleczny
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
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  • 161.
    Etudes Pour Piano Vol 2 / Erika Haase
    Label: Tacet   Catalog: 100 Release Date: 07/16/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  György Ligeti,  Alexander Scriabin,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Erika Haase
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  • 162.
    Lutoslawski: Selected Works / Jakowicz, Michniewski, Et Al
    Label: Cd Accord   Catalog: 29 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Krzysztof Jakowicz
    Conductor:  Wojciech Michniewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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  • 163.
    Philomela In Dreams - Poulenc, Et Al /Philomela Female Choir
    Label: Alba   Catalog: 9 Release Date: 01/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Koerppen,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Erik Bergman,  R. Murray Schafer  ... 
    Performer:  Eveliina Sumelius,  Kirsi Koskinen,  Mari Koinstinen,  Lotte Lindblom  ... 
    Conductor:  Marjukka Riihimaki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philomela Female Choir
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  • 164.
    Live Recital No 1 / Harold Wright
    Label: Boston Records   Catalog: 1023 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Francis Poulenc,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Luis Batlle,  Harold Wright
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  • 165.
    A Game Of Go / Quattro Mani
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11106 Release Date: 11/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Frederic Rzewski,  Haskell Behrend Small,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Alice Rybak,  Susan Grace
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quattro Mani
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  • 166.
    Label: Cd Accord   Catalog: 46 Release Date: 09/19/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrzej Panufnik,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Pawel Szymanski
    Performer:  Ewa Poblocka
    Conductor:  Kazimierz Kord
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 167.
    Lutoslawski: Symphonies, Concerto, Variations, Etc
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 73833 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Conductor:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 168.
    Mozart, Fauré, Prokofiev, Lutoslawski / Thorsen, Grimse
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1210 Release Date: 08/31/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Gabriel Fauré,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Marianne Thorsen,  Hĺvard Gimse
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  • 169.
    Label: Cd Accord   Catalog: 15 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Ewa Poblocka
    Conductor:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
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  • 170.
    Matrix 13 - Lutoslawski: Concerto For Orchestra, Venetian Games / Lutoslawski, Polish Radio So
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 65305 Release Date: 07/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Conductor:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 171.
    Capriccio - Mid-century Music For Clarinet / Howard, Carno
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2201 Release Date: 04/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Paul Hindemith,  Heinrich Sutermeister,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Zita Carno,  David Howard
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  • 172.
    The Polish Heart / Biret, Wit, Regnier, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554774 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  T Badarzewska-Baranowska,  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki,  Alexandre Tansman  ... 
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Péter Nagy,  Zofia Kilanowisz,  Marc Regnier  ... 
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit,  Robert Stankovsky,  Karol Stryja
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Polish National Philharmonic Orchestra Katowice  ... 
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  • 173.
    Junge Deutsche Philharmonie - Ronnefeld, Stravinsky, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 2157 Release Date: 02/22/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ronnefeld,  Bernd Alois Zimmermann,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph Perick,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Youth Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
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  • 174.
    The Essential Lutoslawski / Argerich, Freire, Schiff, Et Al
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 464043 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Eduard Brunner,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Ursula Holliger,  Heinz Holliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Witold Rowicki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 175.
    Lutoslawski At The Guildhall Vol 1
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 219 Release Date: 11/30/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Louise Hopkins
    Conductor:  Wojciech Michniewski,  Witold Lutoslawski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guildhall Symphony Orchestra
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