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
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  • 151.
    Janacek: Sonate Pour Violon Et Piano;  Et Al / Faust, Kupiec
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901793 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Ewa Kupiec,  Isabelle Faust
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  • 152.
    Polish Piano Music - Chopin, Et Al / Stella Czajkowski
    Label: Nosag Records   Catalog: 69 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski,  Frédéric Chopin,  Jan Ekier,  Artur Malawski  ... 
    Performer:  Stella Czajkowski
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  • 153.
    Lutoslawski: Double Concerto, Etc / Kaleta, Krupa, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555763 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Urszula Kryger,  Rafal Kwiatkowski,  Nicolas Tulliez,  Arkadiusz Krupa  ... 
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Polish National Symphony Orchestra
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  • 154.
    Clarinet Xx - Debussy, Berio, Et Al / Klöcker, Arnold
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47585 Release Date: 08/26/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Luciano Berio,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Dieter Klöcker,  Kayako Takae,  Sandra Arnold,  Thomas Duis
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  • 155.
    Enescu, Reger, Brahms, Lutoslawski: Works For Violin And Piano / Annette-barbara Vogel, Ulrich Hofmann
    Label: Cybele   Catalog: 350901 Release Date: 11/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Reger,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Johannes Brahms,  George Enescu
    Performer:  Annette-Barbara Vogel,  Ulrich Hofmann
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  • 156.
    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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  • 157.
    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,  Paul-Henri Büsser,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Sikorzak-Olek
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  • 158.
    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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  • 159.
    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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  • 160.
    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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  • 161.
    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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  • 162.
    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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  • 163.
    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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  • 164.
    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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  • 165.
    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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  • 166.
    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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  • 167.
    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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  • 168.
    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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  • 169.
    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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  • 170.
    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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  • 171.
    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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  • 172.
    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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  • 173.
    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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  • 174.
    The Polish Heart / Biret, Wit, Regnier, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554774 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Tekla 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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  • 175.
    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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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
1. Allegro molto
2. Andantino
3. Allegro giocoso
4. Andante
5. Allegro molto - Presto
Prologue
Metamorphoses
Apogée
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
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
1. Allegro molto
2. Andantino
3. Allegro giocoso
4. Andante
5. Allegro molto - Presto
1. Rapsodico
2. Dolente
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)
Prologue
Metamorphoses
Apogée
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