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Naxos’s highly-praised recordings of Lutosławski’s music provide an excellent introduction to his music.

LUTOSLAWSKI Symphony No 1,  Chantefleurs et Chantefables
Olga Pasichnyk, soprano • Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Antoni Wit, conductor


‘not only a sizzling account of the First Symphony, but a fine performance of the late song-sequence Chantefleurs et Chantefables.’ – CRITIC’S CHOICE Gramophone

LUTOSLAWSKI Symphony No 2, Little Suite, Symphonic Variations, Piano Concerto
Piotr Paleczny, piano • Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Wit, Antoni, conductor


‘this is superb music making...Piotr Paleczny plays the Piano Concerto with authority...this is a complete performance of the work in every sense’ – 5 STARS Classic CD

LUTOSLAWSKI Symphony No 3, Paganini Variations
Bernd  Glemser, piano • Piotr Kusiewicz, tenor • Adam Kruszewski, baritone
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra • Wit, Antoni, conductor


‘a series that is setting high standards in budget-price contemporary music....Wit conjures a fantastic range of tone colour from his well-drilled Polish orchestra ...the third symphony has never sounded more convincing’ – Classic CD

LUTOSLAWSKI Symphony No 4,  Violin Partita, Chain II, Funeral Music
Krzysztof Bakowski, violin • Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Wit, Antoni, conductor


‘[Krzyztof Bakowski] is and outstanding player capable of the wildest flights of fantast demanded by the composer...Wit conducts with real passion, producing a quite staggering density of string sound in the Funeral Music. If this issue doesn't scoop a few prizes and win converts to some superb music, nothing will.’ – Classics CD

LUTOSLAWSKI Cello Concerto, Livre pour orchestre, Novelette, Chain III
Andrzej Bauer, cello • Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Antoni Wit, conductor


The titles of the three symphonic works of Witold Lutosławski included in the present recording suggest extra-musical inspiration, literary, fable or narrative, Livre, Novelette and Chain. Surprisingly the final work included, the Cello Concerto, with its less evocative, purely technical title, has strong extra-musical connections. It was written in 1969-1970 for a commission from the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Gulbenkian Foundation, and first performed on 14th October 1970 at the London Festival Hall by the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, to whom it is dedicated, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Edward Downes.

LUTOSLAWSKI Concerto for Orchestra, 3 Poems by Henri Michaux, Mi-Parti, Overture for Strings
Camerata Silesia • Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Antoni Wit, conductor


The present release contains two works from the period during which, as Lutosławski himself said, he wrote as he could and not as he would, and two others of the period when he already wrote as he wanted. He ended this first period with a work that is among those of his most frequently performed, the Concerto for orchestra. This marks the height of his precocious achievement, still rooted strongly in neo-classicism, which owes a great deal to Bartók. One of the most innovative of his works, the Trois poemes d'Henri Michaux, are the next stage in his development as a composer, which bears fruit in Mi-parti, also included here. It is possible to hear certain traces of Lutosławski's mature style in the Concerto for Orchestra, as in the Overture for Strings, also to be found here.

LUTOSLAWSKI Preludes and Fugue for Solo Strings, Postludes, Fanfares
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra • Antoni Wit, conductor

‘A group of occasional pieces, one fascinating transitional work, and one of the masterpieces of Lutosławski's maturity make up the seventh installment of Naxos's survey of his orchestral works… every one of them is expertly crafted, a microcosm of his fastidious technique… anyone collecting this valuable series shouldn't hesitate to acquire this disc.’ – BBC Music Magazine

LUTOSLAWSKI Double Concerto for Oboe and Harp,  Dance Preludes,  Chain I
Zbigniew Kaleta, clarinet • Arkadiusz Krupa, oboe • Nicolas Tulliez, harp
Rafał Kwiatkowski, cello • Urszula Kryger, soprano
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra • Antoni Wit, conductor


‘These are all marvelous performances. At this point, if one has not yet explored Lutosławski, I can recommend this project unqualifiedly. If you already have certain works, you might want to pursue the ones you don't have via Naxos, even if it involves some duplication. The committed performances, excellent sound, and budget price make this a comfortable choice.’ – Fanfare

LUTOSLAWSKI 20 Polish Christmas Carols,  Lacrimosa, 5 Songs
Olga Pasichnyk, soprano • Jadwiga Rappé, alto
Polish Radio Chorus, Kraców
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (Katowice)
Antoni Wit, conductor


‘Here's a delightful assortment of early vocal music by Witold Lutosławski, mostly written before Poland's postwar communist regime imposed its restrictive cultural policies... Olga Pasichnyk offers charming and sensitive work, along with the sweet-sounding ladies of the Polish Radio Choir...Jadwiga Rappe, whom I've praised before in these pages, sounds wonderful. Here and elsewhere, Antoni Wit draws sparkling and committed playing from his orchestra. Naxos offers its customary excellent sound...a most enjoyable survey that suits the season and will reveal aspects of Lutoslawski's music that most of you haven't heard.’ – American Record Guide

Lutoslawski's Last Concert
Partita, Interlude,  Chain I and II,  Chantefleurs et Chantefables
Valdine Anderson, soprano • Fujiko Imajishi, violin • New Music Concerts
Witold Lutosławski, conductor


RELEASED IN OCTOBER 2010 The great Polish composer Witold Lutosławski was an important conductor of his own highly expressive music. With Chain 1 he developed a new compositional method linking contrasting musical ideas into a satisfying whole. Partita, Interlude and Chain 2 form an impressive trilogy. Chantefleurs et Chantefables is a luminous, bittersweet song cycle. Canadian soprano Valdine Anderson has been acclaimed for performances ranging from Baroque to contemporary music. Fujiko Imajishi, concertmaster of the National Ballet of Canada and Esprit Orchestra, has enjoyed a long association with Toronto’s New Music Concerts.

Witold Lutosławski Biography & Discography

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