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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  • 201.
    Label: Pavane   Catalog: 7283 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski,  Karol Szymanowski,  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Boguslaw Jan Strobel,  Robert Szreder
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  • 202.
    Lutoslawski, Bartók, Helweg / Safri Duo, Slovak Piano Duo
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9398 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kim Helweg,  Béla Bartók,  Witold Lutoslawski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Piano Duo,  Safri Duo
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  • 203.
    Duo Piano Extravaganza / Martha Argerich & Friends
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 446557 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Béla Bartók,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Stephen Kovacevich,  Willy Goudswaard,  Michel de Roo  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 204.
    A Virtuoso Duo-piano Showcase / Morrison, Rogers
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20023 Release Date: 05/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johnny Costa,  Johannes Brahms,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Harold Stover  ... 
    Performer:  Jeannine Morrison,  Joanne Rogers
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  • 205.
    Copland, Arnold: Clarinet Concertos / Gray, Newstone
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2212 Release Date: 03/22/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Malcolm Arnold,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Gary Gray
    Conductor:  Harry Newstone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 206.
    Heavy Metal / Stockholm Chamber Brass
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 544 Release Date: 10/12/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Folke Rabe,  Sven-David Sandström,  Hans Werner Henze,  Ivan Jevtic  ... 
    Performer:  Jonas Bylund,  Anna Axelsson,  Joakim Agnas,  Urban Agnas  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Brass
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  • 207.
    Lutoslawski: Symphonies 3 & 4, Etc / Salonen, Los Angeles Po
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66280 Release Date: 10/04/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 208.
    Classics For Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 180 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Hans Christian Lumbye,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Per-Olof Gillblad,  Christine Mühlbach
    Conductor:  Jan Olav Wedin,  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Sinfonietta,  Vestjysk Chamber Ensemble,  Helsinki Chamber Orchestra
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  • 209.
    Masques - Polish Piano Works / Elzbieta Wiedner-zajac
    Label: Dorian Discovery   Catalog: 80121 Release Date: 05/24/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juliusz Zarebski,  Karol Szymanowski,  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Elzbieta Wiedner-Zajac
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  • 210.
    10-year Jubilee / Christian Lindberg
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 638 Release Date: 12/07/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Julius Jacobsen,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Pöntinen,  Christian Lindberg,  Gunnar Idenstam,  Björn Gäfvert  ... 
    Conductor:  Okko Kamu,  Leif Segerstam,  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Stockholm Chamber Orchestra,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 211.
    The Symphonic Sound Stage - A Listener's Guide
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3502 Release Date: 12/14/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Ottorino Respighi,  Manuel de Falla,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Carol Rosenberger,  János Starker,  Della Jones
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz,  James DePreist
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  Oregon Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 212.
    Bravura!
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3070 Release Date: 12/11/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Ottorino Respighi,  Witold Lutoslawski
    Conductor:  James DePreist
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Symphony Orchestra
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  • 213.
    Copland, Nielsen: Clarinet Concerti, Etc / Hilton, Bamert
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8618 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Janet Hilton
    Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 214.
    Lutoslawski: Piano Concerto, Etc / Zimerman, Lutoslawski
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431664 Release Date: 03/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
    Conductor:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 215.
    Rachmaninov: Sonata;  Lutoslawski, Webern / Conway, Evans
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 9 Release Date: 01/01/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Webern,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  William Conway,  Peter Evans
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  • 216.
    Lutoslawski: String Quartet / Kronos Quartet
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79255 Release Date: 01/16/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
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  • 217.
    Bartok, Lutoslawski: Concertos for Orchestra / Dohnányi
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425694 Release Date: 02/13/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Witold Lutoslawski
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 218.
    20th Century Romantic Music For Two Pianos / Pierce, Jonas
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7013 Release Date: 08/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Bax,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Benjamin Britten,  Witold Lutoslawski  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Pierce,  Dorothy Jonas
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Witold Lutoslawski


MOST POPULAR WORKS
1. Intrada: Allegro Maestoso
2. Capriccio notturno e Arioso: Vivace - Stesso movi- mento
3. Passacaglia, Toccata e Corale: Andante con moto - Allegro giusto - Molto allegro - Presto
I. Allegro molto
II. Andantino
III. Allegro giocoso
IV. Andante
V. Allegro molto
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)
1. Intrada: Allegro Maestoso
2. Capriccio notturno e Arioso: Vivace - Stesso movi- mento
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
I. Allegro molto
II. Andantino
III. Allegro giocoso
IV. Andante
V. Allegro molto
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)
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