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
Lutoslawski: Piano Concerto, Symphony No 2 / Zimerman, Rattle
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Catalog: 002329502   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin, Lutoslawski, Moniuszko
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Catalog: 3463   Number of Discs: 1
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Lutoslawski: Symphony No 3, Etc / Otaka, Bbc No Of Wales
Release Date: 02/20/1996   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 743   Number of Discs: 1
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Lutoslawski, Penderecki: Cello Concertos / Thedéen, Et Al
Release Date: 04/01/1999   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 937   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Sonata;  Lutoslawski, Webern / Conway, Evans
Release Date: 01/01/1992   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 9   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 151.
    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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  • 152.
    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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  • 153.
    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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  • 154.
    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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  • 155.
    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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  • 156.
    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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  • 157.
    Nocturnal  / Julian Bream
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 54901 Release Date: 10/17/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Leo Brouwer,  Toru Takemitsu  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Bream
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  • 158.
    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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  • 159.
    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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  • 160.
    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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  • 161.
    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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  • 162.
    Solo Cello - Hindemith, Krenek, Ligeti, Etc / Boettcher
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5616 Release Date: 09/14/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert,  Ernst Krenek,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Hans Werner Henze  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Boettcher
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  • 163.
    Kagan Edition Vol 20 - Romantic Music And Miniatures
    Label: Live Classics   Catalog: 192 Release Date: 05/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Skanavi,  Oleg Kagan
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  • 164.
    Lutoslawski, Penderecki: Cello Concertos / Thedéen, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 937 Release Date: 04/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki,  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Torleif Thedéen
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 165.
    Elgar, Lutoslawski: Cello Concertos / Wispelwey, Van Steen
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 12998 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey
    Conductor:  Jac Van Steen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 166.
    Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works Vol 6 / Wit, Polish Rso
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554283 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Olga Pasichnyk
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 167.
    Four For Tango - Piazzolla, Turina, Et Al /Guitars A Quattro
    Label: Intim Musik   Catalog: 51 Release Date: 12/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Joaquin Turina
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guitars a Quattro
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  • 168.
    Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works Vol 5 / Wit, Polish Rso
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553779 Release Date: 12/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Camerata Silesia Singers
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  • 169.
    Messiaen: Turangalila, Un Sourire; Lutoslawski / Marek Janowski
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61520 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen,  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Roger Muraro,  Valerie Hartmann-Claverie
    Conductor:  Marek Janowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 170.
    Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works Vol 4 / Wit, Polish Rso
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553625 Release Date: 07/28/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Andrzej Bauer
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
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  • 171.
    Lutoslawski, Böhme, Et Al / Herseth, Asbury Brass Quintet
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 273 Release Date: 07/21/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Eugčne Bozza,  Ivan Jevtic,  Percy Aldridge Grainger  ... 
    Performer:  Adolph Herseth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Asbury Brass Quintet
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  • 172.
    Frank Martin, Witold Lutoslawski, Jacques Ibert: Concertante
    Label: Campanella Records   Catalog: 30045 Release Date: 01/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Frank Martin,  Jacques Ibert
    Performer:  HansJörg Schellenberger,  Margit-Anna Suss
    Conductor:  Zoltán Peskó
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  • 173.
    Szymanowski: Symphonies 2 & 3 Etc;  Lutoslawski / Dorati
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 448258 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Karol Szymanowski
    Performer:  Peter Jablonski,  Peter Pears,  Chantal Juillet,  Ryszard Karczykowski
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Paul Kletzki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta  ... 
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  • 174.
    Schumann, Hindemith, Lutoslawski / Leister, Bognár
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 20044 Release Date: 05/13/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Paul Hindemith,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  Ferenc Bognár
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  • 175.
    Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works Vol 3 / Wit, Polish Rso
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553423 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Adam Kruszewski,  Piotr Kusiewicz,  Bernd Glemser
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
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Witold Lutoslawski


MOST POPULAR WORKS
Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra - 1. Intrada: Allegro Maestoso
Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra - 2. Capriccio notturno e Arioso: Vivace - Stesso movi- mento
Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra - 3. Passacaglia, Toccata e Corale: Andante con moto - Allegro giusto - Molto allegro - Presto
Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes - 1. Allegro molto
Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes - 2. Andantino
Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes - 3. Allegro giocoso
Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes - 4. Andante
Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes - 5. Allegro molto - Presto
Lutoslawski: Funeral Music (in memory of Béla Bartók) for string orchestra - Prologue
Lutoslawski: Funeral Music (in memory of Béla Bartók) for string orchestra - Metamorphoses
Lutoslawski: Funeral Music (in memory of Béla Bartók) for string orchestra - Apogée
Lutoslawski: Funeral Music (in memory of Béla Bartók) for string orchestra - Epilogue
WORKS
I. Allegro vivace
II. Allegretto sostenuto
III. Allegro molto
IV. Andantino
V. Allegro marciale
Introduction -
4 Episodes -
Cantilena -
Finale
Ad libitum
A battuta
Ad libitum
A battuta - Ad libitum - A battuta
1. Presto
2. Presto
3. 38
I La belle-de-nuit (The Marvel of Peru)
II La sauterelle (The Grasshopper)
III La veronique (The Speedwell)
IV L' eglantine, l' aubepine et la glycine (The Wild Rose, the Hawthorn and the Wisteria)
V La tortue ( The Tortoise)
VI La rose (The Rose)
VII L' alligator (The Alligator)
VIII L' angelique (The Angelica)
IX Le papillon (The Butterfly)
Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra - 1. Intrada: Allegro Maestoso
Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra - 2. Capriccio notturno e Arioso: Vivace - Stesso movi- mento
Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra - 3. Passacaglia, Toccata e Corale: Andante con moto - Allegro giusto - Molto allegro - Presto
1. ca. 110
2. Presto - attaca
3. ca. 85
4. ca. 84
I. Allegro molto
II. Andantino
III. Allegro giocoso
IV. Andante
V. Allegro molto - Presto
No. 1. Allegro molto
No. 2. Andantino
No. 3. Allegro giocoso
No. 4. Andante
No. 5. Allegro molto
Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes - 1. Allegro molto
Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes - 2. Andantino
Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes - 3. Allegro giocoso
Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes - 4. Andante
Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes - 5. Allegro molto - Presto
Lutoslawski: Concerto for Oboe, Harp, and Chamber Orchestra - 1. Rapsodico
Lutoslawski: Concerto for Oboe, Harp, and Chamber Orchestra - 2. Dolente
Lutoslawski: Concerto for Oboe, Harp, and Chamber Orchestra - 3. Marciale e grotesco
No. 1. Ach moj Jasienko (O, My Johhny)
No. 2. Hej, od Krakowa (Hey, I come from Cracow)
No. 3. Jest drozyna (There Is a Path)
No. 4. Pastereczka (The Shepherd Girl)
No. 5. Na jabloni jablka (An Apple Hangs on the Apple-tree)
No. 6. Od Sieradza (A River flows from Sieradz)
No. 7. Panie Michale (Master Michael)
No. 8. W polu lipenka (The Lime-tree in the Field)
No. 9. Zalotny (Flirting)
No. 10. Gaik (The Grove)
No. 11. Gaisor (The Gander)
No. 12. Rektor (The Schoolmaster)
Lutoslawski: Funeral Music (in memory of Béla Bartók) for string orchestra - Prologue
Lutoslawski: Funeral Music (in memory of Béla Bartók) for string orchestra - Metamorphoses
Lutoslawski: Funeral Music (in memory of Béla Bartók) for string orchestra - Apogée
Lutoslawski: Funeral Music (in memory of Béla Bartók) for string orchestra - Epilogue
Fujarka (Piccolo)
Hurra Polka
Piosenka (Song)
Tanice (Dance)
1. Announcement
2. First Event
3. Second Event
4. Third Event
5. Conclusion
Allegro giusto
Ad libitum
Largo
Ad libitum
Presto
Pensees
Repos dans le malheur
Le Grand Combat
Angels to the shepherds came
Hey! We rejoice now
When the Christ to us is born
Just after midnight
God is born
Our Lovely Lady
Hurrying to Bethlehem
In a manger
Jesus there is lying
We are shepherds
Lullaby, Jesus
Hey, on this day
Jesus lovely flower
Hey la, Hey la, shepherds there you are
What to do with this child?
Hey, hey lovely Lady Mary
This is our Lord's birthday
Shepherds, can you tell?
Infant so tiny
Holy Lady Mary
Postlude No. 1
Postlude No. 2
Postlude No. 3
Prelude 1
Prelude 2
Prelude 3
Prelude 4
Prelude 5
Prelude 6
Prelude 7
Fugue
I. Introductory movement
II. Main movement -
II. Appassionato -
II. Funebre
Oj, mi sie owiesek
Ich, w tej studni
Kukuleczka kuka
I. Allegro
II. Adagio non troppo
III. Andante - Allegretto - Andantino
The Sea
The Wind
Winter
Knights
Church Bells
The Sea
The Wind
Winter
Knights
Church Bells
No. 1. Allegro
No. 2. Non troppo allegro
Symphony No.1 (1994 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro guisto
Symphony No.1 (1994 Digital Remaster): II. Poco adagio
Symphony No.1 (1994 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro misterioso
Symphony No.1 (1994 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 2 (1994 Digital Remaster): I. Hésitant
Symphony No. 2 (1994 Digital Remaster): II. Direct