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Lutoslawski: Piano Concerto [Import]

Witold Lutoslawski Audio CD

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Listen  1. Lutoslawski: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra - 1. ca. 110Witold Lutoslawski 5:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Lutoslawski: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra - 2. Presto - attacaWitold Lutoslawski 4:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Lutoslawski: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra - 3. ca. 85Witold Lutoslawski 7:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Lutoslawski: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra - 4. ca. 84Witold Lutoslawski 7:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Lutoslawski: Chain 3 For Orchestra (1986) - 1. PrestoWitold Lutoslawski 4:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Lutoslawski: Chain 3 For Orchestra (1986) - 2. PrestoWitold Lutoslawski 4:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Lutoslawski: Chain 3 For Orchestra (1986) - 3. 38Witold Lutoslawski 2:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lutoslawski: Novelette For Orchestra (1979) - 1. AnnouncementWitold Lutoslawski 1:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Lutoslawski: Novelette For Orchestra (1979) - 2. First EventWitold Lutoslawski 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Lutoslawski: Novelette For Orchestra (1979) - 3. Second EventWitold Lutoslawski 3:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Lutoslawski: Novelette For Orchestra (1979) - 4. Third EventWitold Lutoslawski 2:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Lutoslawski: Novelette For Orchestra (1979) - 5. ConclusionWitold Lutoslawski 7:00£0.79  Buy MP3 

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4.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary piano concerto for lovers of "old" music 29 April 2005
By Crt Sojar Voglar - Published on
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Witold Lutoslawski's single Piano concerto (although composer wanted to write one at the young age but was not satisfied with progress) is one of the most "listenable" contemporary concertos of the man, who went through the avant-garde period to establish a new language with beauty. There are typical "Lutoslawski" elements in the concerto: avoiding tonal duplications between melody and harmony, harmony progression with thirds, fifhts and sevenths, colourful orchestration (there are some connections to Ravel) and perfect piano part.

The first movement is a bit misterious one, might have a bit too long repetitive aleatorics in winds with piano parts but soon turns into melodic climax which is followed by a short scherzo with joyful virtuoso playing. The third movement is contemplative, melodic and only once a bit more drammatic. The concerto ends with fast and relatively long passacaglia; the theme is rising from the bottom (double basses) to the top (flutes, brass) with a few contrasting episodes.

Chain 3 is a short three movement work which has less memorable moments, perhaps only the powerful second movement. Also the end of the work is quite unique, with "dissapointed" falling of the lower strings after a powerful chord.

The Novelette, the older composition and thus belonging to the composer's previous "style" eventually has no real melodies. Lutoslawski has returned to melody with Epitaph for oboe and piano, written in 1981. The Novelette date from 1977. But the orchestration is masterful and performances are great.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the place to start for newcomers to the composer, but a marvelous work, impeccably performed 25 Jun 2011
By G.D. - Published on
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Lutoslawski's piano concerto is, on the surface, a wonderfully engaging, dramatic and beautiful work. It is a brilliant take on the traditional concerto format - one is sometimes reminded of both Mendelssohn and Rachmaninov peppered with Bartók, both structurally and texturally, but the language is uncompromisingly Lutoslawski. Still, despite the brilliant gestures and captivating sound world, something about the work remains elusive and there is something of the power and freshness of Lutoslawski of the sixties and seventies that appears to have been somewhat diluted. Nevertheless this is a fantastic, brilliant, colorful, splendidly crafted work which deserves to be heard and possibly to enter the repertoire.

The performances are magnificent. Krystian Zimerman sounds completely sympathetic and immersed in Lutoslawski's language, and provides a performance in many ways comparable and similar to his celebrated performances of the Ravel concertos; crystalline and razor-sharp, brilliant but utterly sensitive to minute changes in dynamics. He is brilliantly accompanied by a spirited BBC Symphony Orchestra directed by the composer himself.

The orchestra is no less compelling in the couplings. The Novelette is a superb work, entirely typical of the composer at his best; it is generally light and spry, but bold and spirited nonetheless, containing some stirring and striking contrasts of sonorities and complex but ingenious rhythms. Chain 3 sounds more reflective (but seems also to explain a lot of the transition from Lutoslawski's earlier works to the sound-world of the piano concerto) and provides some marvelous instrumental effects cogently worked together to long, coherent lines of musical argument. The sound is finely balanced and full, but clear and spacious. A very strongly recommended release, even if one may want to start elsewhere (the third symphony, perhaps) if one is not already familiar with the composer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Valedictory 2 Aug 2006
By Richard Zencker - Published on
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The composer has the joy of working with Kristian Zimerman and it shows... the cover doesn't lie. Zimerman makes sense out of Lutoslawskis's music like no other concerto dedicatee. (sorry Mstislav)
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