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, 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: Symphony No. 2; Grave; Cello Concerto; Mala Suite / Gardner, Watkins, BBC Symphony
Release Date: 11/13/2012   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5106   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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  • 151.
    Elgar: Enigma Variations; Lutoslawski: Concerto For Orchestra / Kleinert
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3259 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Witold Lutoslawski
    Conductor:  Rolf Kleinert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 152.
    Viola View - Piston, Harris, Etc / Paul Cortese, Et Al
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 833 Release Date: 08/30/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roy Harris,  Walter Piston,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Rebecca Clarke  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Cortese,  Artanios Roc,  Herwig Coryn
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  • 153.
    Lutoslawski: Concerto For Orchestra, Etc / Kwiatkowski, Wit
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 499 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Rafal Kwiatkowski
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 154.
    Beethoven, Schubert, Lutoslawski, Ravel / Lasalle Quartet
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 632041 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Maurice Ravel,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Peter Kamnitzer,  Henry Meyer,  Walter Levin,  Lee Fiser
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  LaSalle String Quartet
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  • 155.
    Jeux D'enfants / Amy And Sara Hamann
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637318080 Release Date: 01/04/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Anton Arensky,  Georges Bizet,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Amy Hamann,  Sara Hamann
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  • 156.
    Piano Duo / Irena Friedland, Jonathan Zak
    Label: Roméo Records   Catalog: 7228 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Irena Friedland,  Jonathan Zak
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  • 157.
    Piano Four Hands/Two Pianos In The Xx Century / Biondi, Etc
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 439 Release Date: 01/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  György Kurtág,  György Ligeti,  Luciano Berio,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Paola Biondi,  Debora Brunialti
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  • 158.
    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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  • 159.
    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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  • 160.
    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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  • 161.
    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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  • 162.
    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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  • 163.
    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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  • 164.
    Lutoslawski, Dutilleux: Cello Concertos / Rostropovich
    Label: Warner Classics   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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  • 165.
    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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  • 166.
    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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  • 167.
    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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  • 168.
    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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  • 169.
    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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  • 170.
    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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  • 171.
    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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  • 172.
    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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  • 173.
    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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  • 174.
    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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  • 175.
    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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