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WITOLD LUTOSŁAWSKI  

(1913 - 1994)

Witold Lutosławski was born on 25 January 1913. The years of World War One were spent in and around Moscow, where his father and uncle were executed by the Bolsheviks for alleged counter-revolutionary activities. Returning to Warsaw in 1919, Lutosławski studied the violin with a former pupil of Joachim and, from 1927, composition with Rimsky-Korsakov’s pupil Witold Maliszewski. In 1933 he abandoned his study of mathematics at Warsaw University to enter the Warsaw Conservatory. The première in 1939 of his Symphonic Variations marked his professional début as a composer, but World War Two curtailed plans for study in Paris. Taken prisoner as an officer cadet, he escaped and returned to Warsaw, spending the war years performing in ‘unofficial’ concerts and recitals, often with the composer Andrzej Panufnik.

After the war, Lutosławski was able to complete his long-delayed First Symphony (Naxos 8.554283). The Stalinist direction of post-war Polish society meant that composition was largely restricted to arrangements of folk-music and works for children, though the Concerto for Orchestra (Naxos 8.553779) shows how such accessibility could be harnessed to the virtuosity of the modern orchestra. The cultural thaw which set in after 1954 enabled him to experiment more freely; initially with serial procedures in Musique funèbre (Naxos 8.553202), then with chance techniques in the works from Jeux vénitiens (Naxos 8.554283) onwards. Major works of the period include the song-cycle Paroles tissées (Naxos 8.554283) for Peter Pears, and the Cello Concerto (Naxos 8.553625) for Mstislav Rostropovich.

A new emphasis on melodic elaboration is evident from the mid-1970s, beginning with the song sequence for Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Les espaces du sommeil (Naxos 8.553423). The Third Symphony (Naxos 8.553423), completed in 1983 after a decade’s gestation, and first performed by the Chicago Symphony and Georg Solti, quickly became the most performed symphony of the modern repertoire and sealed the composer’s reputation as a cultural figure of world renown, a standing maintained through to his last major work, the Fourth Symphony (Naxos 8.553202), first performed in Los Angeles in 1993. After a short illness, Lutosławski died on 7 February 1994, aged eighty-one.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
LUTOSŁAWSKI Symphonies, Concertos, Choral and Vocal Works Naxos 8.501066

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BACH, J.S.: Cello Suites Nos. 1 and 3 (Bach and Friends) (Revaz) Solo Musica
SM257
Instrumental
BEETHOVEN, L. van: String Quartet No. 7 / LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: String Quartet (Alban Berg Quartet) (Schwetzinger Festspiele Edition, 1978) SWR Classic
CD93.722
Chamber Music
Cello Recital: Frey, Elinor - FALLA, M. de / MAYUZUMI, T. / BACH, J.S. / ROUSE, C. / STUCKY, S. / BRITTEN, B. (Dialoghi) Yarlung Records
YAR78876
Instrumental, Chamber Music
CHOPIN, F.: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Fantasy on Polish Airs / LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Little Suite (Labazevitch, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Strusińska) Delos
DE3463
Orchestral
Choral Music - SZYMANOWSKI, K. / PENDERECKI, K. / GÓRECKI, H. / LUTOSŁAWSKI, W. (Polska) (South West German Radio Vocal Ensemble, M. Creed) SWR Classic
SWR19017CD
Vocal Ensemble
Clarinet Recital: Simon, Andrew - NICHIFOR, S. / HOROVITZ, J. / LUTOSŁAWSKI, W. / COOKE, A. / ARNOLD, M. (Ebony and Ivory) Naxos
8.573022
Chamber Music
DISCOVER THE SYMPHONY (2008 edition) Naxos Educational
8.558208-09
Orchestral
GÜHER AND SÜHER PEKINEL IN CONCERT (G. and S. Pekinel, Mehta) Arthaus Musik
101792
Instrumental
GÜHER AND SÜHER PEKINEL IN CONCERT (G. and S. Pekinel, Mehta) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102191
Classical Concert
KURTAG / LIGETI / BERIO / SCRIABIN / LUTOSLAWSKI: Piano 4-Hands and 2 Piano Works Dynamic
CDS439
Instrumental
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102073
Classical Documentary
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century, Vol. 4: 3 Journeys Through Dark Landscapes (NTSC Arthaus Musik
102039
Classical Documentary
LISZT, F. / BRAHMS, J. / LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Paganini Variations / RACHMANINOV, S.: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Barto, Eschenbach) Ondine
ODE1230-2D
Instrumental
LUTOSLAWSKI (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556692
Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Symphony No. 2 / Little Suite / Symphonic Variations / Piano Concerto (Paleczny, Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit) Naxos
8.553169
Concertos, Orchestral
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: 20 Polish Christmas Carols / Lacrimosa / 5 Songs (Polish Radio Choir, Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit) Naxos
8.555994
Vocal, Choral - Secular, Vocal
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Cello Concerto / Livre pour orchestre / Novelette / Chain III (Bauer, Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit) Naxos
8.553625
Orchestral, Concertos
LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Chantefleurs et Chantefables / TCHAIKOWSKY, A.: 7 Shakespeare Sonnets (Dream Lake) (Zubel, Ahonen) CD Accord
CDAccordACD216
Vocal
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Concerto for Orchestra / 3 Poems by Henri Michaux / Mi-Parti / Overture for Strings (Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit) Naxos
8.553779
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Concerto for Orchestra / SZYMANOWSKI, K.: 3 Songs after a poem by Jan Kasprowicz (Podleś, Liebreich) Accentus Music
ACC-30332
Concertos
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Concerto for Orchestra / SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Symphony No. 3 / TCHAIKOVSKY, A.: Symphony No. 4 (Bavarian Radio Symphony, Jansons) BR-Klassik
900107
Concertos
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Double Concerto for Oboe and Harp / Dance Preludes / Chain I (Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit) Naxos
8.555763
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Opera Omnia, Vol. 2 - Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4 (Wrocław Philharmonic, Kaspszyk) CD Accord
CDAccordACD161
Orchestral
LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Opera Omnia, Vol. 4 - Concerto for Orchestra / Symphony No. 1 (Wrocław Philharmonic, Skrowaczewski) CD Accord
CDAccordACD196
Orchestral, Concertos
LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Opera Omnia, Vol. 5 -Symphony No. 3 / Symphonic Variations / Silesian Triptych / Little Suite (Zubel, Wrocław Philharmonic, Kaspszyk) CD Accord
CDAccordACD197
Orchestral, Vocal
LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Opera Omnia, Vol. 6 - Piano Concerto / Cello Concerto / Paganini Variations (Daroch, Ohlsson, Wrocław Philharmonic, Kaspszyk) CD Accord
CDAccordACD198
Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos, Instrumental
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Partita / Interlude / Chain I and II / Chantefleurs et Chantefables (Lutoslawski's Last Concert) (New Music Concerts, Lutoslawski) Naxos
8.572450
Orchestral
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Preludes and Fugue for Solo Strings / Postludes / Fanfares (Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit) Naxos
8.555270
Orchestral, Chamber Music, Orchestral
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Symphony No. 1 / Chantefleurs et Chantefables (Pasichnyk, Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit) Naxos
8.554283
Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Symphony No. 3 / Paganini Variations (Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit) Naxos
8.553423
Orchestral
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Symphony No. 4 / Violin Partita / Chain II / Funeral Music (Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit) Naxos
8.553202
Orchestral
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Violin Music (Complete) / SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Myths / JANACEK, L: Violin Sonata (Daskalakis, Yampolsky) Naxos
8.570987
Chamber Music
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Vocal Music (el Derwid: Blots on the Sun) (Zubel) CD Accord
CDAccordACD192
Vocal
MARTIN, F.: 3 Danses / LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Double Concerto for Oboe and Harp / IBERT, J.: Symphonie concertante (Pesko) Campanella Musica
C130045
Concertos
My First Christmas Album Naxos
8.578340
Choral - Secular
Naxos Audiophile Kingdom Naxos
8.554915DX
Orchestral
NORDGREN, P.H.: Pelimannimuotokuvia / ELLER, H.: 5 Pieces / GRIEG, E.: 2 Nordic Melodies (Folk into Classic) (Kangas) Ondine
ODE766-2
Chamber Music
PANUFNIK, A.: Piano Concerto / LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Piano Concerto / SZYMANSKI, P.: Piano Concerto (Poblocka) CD Accord
CDAccordACD046
Concertos
PANUFNIK, A.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 / LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: String Quartet (Tippett Quartet) Naxos
8.573164
Chamber Music
PEKINEL, Guher and Suher: Live in Concert (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101349
Classical Concert
Piano Duo Recital: Magalhaes, Luis / Schumann, Nina - BRAHMS, J. / ARENSKY, A. / LUTOSLAWSKI, W. / COPLAND, A. TwoPianists
TP1039022
Instrumental
Piano Duo Recital: Naughton, Christina / Naughton, Michelle - MENDELSSOHN, Felix / BRAHMS, J. / MOZART, W.A. / SCHUBERT, F. (Piano Duets) Orfeo
C859121A
Instrumental
Piano Music - JANÁČEK, L. / BACH, J.S. / DUKAY, B. / VINE, C. (Piano Forte: The Next Generation) (Jančar, Klansky, Kociuban, Nágel, Ránki) Gramola Records
Gramola99126
Instrumental
PIANO MUSIC FOR STUDENTS - Associated Board Piano Examination, Grades 1-7 (1994) Marco Polo
AB-80101
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Keduk, Kiryl - CHOPIN, F. / ZAREBSKI, J. / SZYMANOWSKI, K. / PADEREWSKI, I.J. / LUTOSLAWSKI, W. (My Polish Diary) Delos
DE3432
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Wiedner-Zajac, Elzbieta - LUTOSLAWSKI, W. / SZYMANOWSKI, K. / ZAREBSKI, J. (Masques - Polish Piano Works) Dorian Sono Luminus
DIS-80121
Instrumental
Pianola Music - STRAVINSKY, I. / LUTOSLAWSKI, W. / RACHMANINOV, S. / HANDEL, G.F. / WIDOR, C.-M. (The Virtuoso Pianolist) (Lawson) Other Minds
OM1001-2
Instrumental
Polish Heart (The) Naxos
8.554774
Orchestral
RATTLE, Simon: Sir Simon Rattle Conducts and Explores Music of the 20th Century (3-Blu-ray Disc Box Set) Arthaus Musik
109222
Classical Documentary
RATTLE, Simon: Sir Simon Rattle Conducts and Explores Music of the 20th Century (5-DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
109237
Classical Documentary
RESPIGHI, O.: Roman Festivals / STRAUSS, R.: Don Juan / LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Concerto for Orchestra (Oregon Symphony, DePreist) Delos
DE3070
Concertos
REVOLUTION DER KLANGE (DIE): Musik im 20. Jahrhundert (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102072
Classical Documentary
SYMPHONIC SOUND STAGE, Vol. 1 Delos
DE3502
Concertos
SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Concert Overture / LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Cello Concerto / Symphony No. 4 (G. Capuçon, Polish National Radio Symphony, Liebreich) Accentus Music
ACC-30388
Orchestral, Concertos
SZYMANOWSKI, K.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: String Quartet (Silesian String Quartet) CD Accord
CDAccordACD037
Chamber Music
SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Symphony No. 2 / LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Livre / Musique funèbre (Polish National Radio Symphony, Liebreich) Accentus Music
ACC-30349
Orchestral
Violin and Piano Recital: Oldak, Maria / Baillieu, James - SZYMANOWSKI, K. / DEBUSSY, C. / KREISLER, F. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. (Modern Times) CD Accord
CDAccordACD193
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Augustyn, Kinga - ZARZYCKI, A. / NOSKOWSKI, Z. / LIPINSKI, K. / DROZDZEWSKI, P. / GORECKI, H. (Polish Violin Music) Naxos
9.70192
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Chalifour, Martin - STUCKY, S. / LUTOSLAWSKI, W. / SALONEN, E.-P. / MOZART, W.A. (Chalifour in Walt Disney Concert Hall) Yarlung Records
YAR67893
Orchestral
WIENIAWSKI / SZYMANOWSKI: Violin Concertos / LUTOSLAWSKI: Chain 2 Oehms Classics
OC597
Orchestral
Yarlung Records - The First Seven Years Yarlung Records
YAR96821
Chamber Music
Role: Conductor 
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