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: Symphonies, Concertos, Choral & Vocal Works
Release Date: 08/27/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8501066   Number of Discs: 10
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Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works Vol 1 / Wit, Polish Rso
Release Date: 09/17/1996   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553202   Number of Discs: 1
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Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works Vol 2 / Wit, Polish Rso
Release Date: 11/19/1996   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553169   Number of Discs: 1
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Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works Vol 4 / Wit, Polish Rso
Release Date: 07/28/1998   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553625   Number of Discs: 1
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Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works Vol 5 / Wit, Polish Rso
Release Date: 12/01/1998   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553779   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 201.
    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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  • 202.
    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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  • 203.
    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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  • 204.
    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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  • 205.
    Alban Berg Quartett - Lutoslawski, Urbanner, Berio
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 56363 Release Date: 04/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luciano Berio,  Erich Urbanner,  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Thomas Kakuska,  Gerhard Schulz,  Valentin Erben,  Günter Pichler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alban Berg String Quartet
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  • 206.
    Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works Vol 2 / Wit, Polish Rso
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553169 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Peter Paleczny
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
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  • 207.
    Schoenberg, Lutoslawski / Herbig, Berliner Sinfonie Orchester
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9166 Release Date: 10/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Arnold Schoenberg
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 208.
    Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works Vol 1 / Wit, Polish Rso
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553202 Release Date: 09/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Krysztof Bakowski
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
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  • 209.
    Brass Ring - Henze: Fragments From A Show;  Gregson, Et Al
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 551 Release Date: 08/24/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Paul Hindemith,  Edward Gregson,  Witold Lutoslawski  ... 
    Performer:  David Kayser,  Karl Kramer,  Kirsten Bendixen,  Claire Newbold  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brass Ring
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  • 210.
    Label: Antes Edition   Catalog: 319017 Release Date: 04/10/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
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  • 211.
    Lutoslawski: Concerto For Orchestra, Etc / Tortelier, Bbc Po
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9421 Release Date: 03/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 212.
    Lutoslawski: Symphony No 2, Etc / Salonen, Los Angeles Po
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 67189 Release Date: 03/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Dawn Upshaw,  Paul Crossley
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 213.
    Lutoslawski: Symphony No 3, Etc / Otaka, Bbc No Of Wales
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 743 Release Date: 02/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Valdine Anderson
    Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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  • 214.
    Lutoslawski: Chaine 2, Petite Suite, Etc / Ukigaya, Jakowicz
    Label: Thorofon   Catalog: 2041 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Krzysztof Jakowicz
    Conductor:  Takao Ukigaya
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 215.
    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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  • 216.
    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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  • 217.
    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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  • 218.
    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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  • 219.
    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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  • 220.
    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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  • 221.
    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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  • 222.
    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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  • 223.
    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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  • 224.
    Matrix 3 - Lutoslawski: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2, Funeral Music / Lutoslawski, Warsaw Polish Radio/Tv So
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 65076 Release Date: 03/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Conductor:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra
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  • 225.
    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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