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  • Performer: Olga Pasichnyk, Olga Pasiecznik
  • Composer: Witold Lutoslawski, Antoni Wit
  • Audio CD (1 Feb. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00000I7RQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Listen  1. Symphony No. 1: Allegro giustoAntoni Wit 5:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No. 1: Poco adagioAntoni Wit 9:52Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 1: Allegretto misteriosoAntoni Wit 4:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 1: Allegro vivaceAntoni Wit 5:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Silesian Triptych: Oj, mi sie owiesekAntoni Wit 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Silesian Triptych: Ich, w tej studniOlga Pasiecznik 3:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Silesian Triptych: Kukuleczka kukaAntoni Wit 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Jeux venitiens: Part IAntoni Wit 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Jeux venitiens: Part IIAntoni Wit 1:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Jeux venitiens: Part IIIAntoni Wit 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Jeux venitiens: Part IVAntoni Wit 4:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Chantefleurs et Chantefables: I La belle-de-nuit (The Marvel of Peru)Olga Pasiecznik 2:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Chantefleurs et Chantefables: II La sauterelle (The Grasshopper)Antoni Wit 1:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Chantefleurs et Chantefables: III La veronique (The Speedwell)Olga Pasiecznik 2:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Chantefleurs et Chantefables: IV L' eglantine, l' aubepine et la glycine (The Wild Rose, the Hawthorn and the Wisteria)Antoni Wit 1:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Chantefleurs et Chantefables: V La tortue ( The Tortoise)Olga Pasiecznik 2:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Chantefleurs et Chantefables: VI La rose (The Rose)Antoni Wit 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Chantefleurs et Chantefables: VII L' alligator (The Alligator)Olga Pasiecznik 2:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Chantefleurs Et Chantefables: VIII L' Angelique (The Angelica)Antoni Wit 2:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Chantefleurs et Chantefables: IX Le papillon (The Butterfly)Olga Pasiecznik 1:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. 3 Postludes: Postludium IAntoni Wit 3:58£0.79  Buy MP3 

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Simon Mack - uk creative on 10 Aug. 2011
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as a keen admirer of Polish composer Witold Lutoslaski's music- i bought this cd a year or so ago as was keen to have a version of his Symphony No.1, and compare the version here by Antoni Wit conducting the Polish NRSO (as he does in the entire naxos label Lutoslawski series) of the soprano song cycle Chantefleurs et Chantefables. the good news is Wit + cohorts recording again like their other recordings for naoxs date from 1996-7 and this cd contains keen , alert, dynamic + totally idiomatic readings of fellow countryman Lutoslawski's work.

Symphony No.1(composed 1941-47):
is along with his slightly later Concerto for Orchestra a dynamic, tonal + fairly conventional symphony with echoes of Bartok's Concerto, containing motifs that were to re-appear in his own Concerto. an approachable Symphony perhaps lacking the grand sweep of Prokofiev, Shostakovich or Stravinsky but eminently enjoyable.

the Silesian Triptych :
is another early work, again is very enjoyable , contains good orchestral shading to the expressive writing for Soprano (Olga Pasieczik) and bears similarities to the late romantic tradition but with darker hues again redolent of Bartok. a very enjoyable but not a startlingly original work. finally - i would recommend the composers own pretty definitive versions conducting his main orchestral works on EMI at budget price for their arguably more commanding performances.

Jeux Venitiens :
is a later work from Lutoslawski (a commission in 1961) and is undoubteldy the most demanding work here. austere, dissonant, using arresting sonorities + clearly features techniques that embracing the Darmstadt school composers serial techniques used by Boulez,Berio etc. its an unusual ,arresting modernist work but not for the casual listener.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good introduction to the music of Lutoslawski 12 Jan. 2012
By Hayward H. Siegel - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording is my initial exposure to the music of Lutoslawski, although I have heard the music of other Twentieth Century Polish composers before. I don't feel qualified to analyze the music, nor can I compare it to his other symphonies. All I can say, is that I enjoyed listening to this music. The First Symphony is well orchestrated, with lively themes, and a melodic and passionate second movement. This recording also contains two compositions for orchestra and soprano, one sung in Polish and the other in French. They were easy on the ear. I found Jeux venitiens and Postludium I to be interesting. The former composition contains sections in which freedom is given as to what is played, within time constraints and order of the instruments being played; the latter composition primarily contains small melodic fragments of various instruments over continuous strings. Based on this recording, I will purchase other CDs with the symphonies of Lutoslawski.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good performances of some of Lutoslawski's lesser works 6 Sept. 2005
By Christopher Culver - Published on Amazon.com
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This Naxos disc is the sixth installment in a collection of Witold Lutoslawski's orchestral works performed by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antoni Wit. It contains works, two of which have a special role for the soprano, here Olga Pasiecznik.

The "Symphony No. 1" was completed in 1947 after seven years of work. It is a very traditional piece, inspired by Stravinsky, Ravel, Debussy, and Prokofiev. Of great complexity, a frequent criticism is that the extravagance and lack of simplicity hides what is a fairly straightforward argument. This was the first piece of Lutoslawski's that I ever heard, and I was hooked, but now it seems so dull in comparison to most of his oeuvre (certainly to his other symphonies) that I rarely return to it.

The "Silesian Triptych" for soprano and orchestra was written in 1951, when the composer was forced to limit his writing to Socialist Realism. Since Lutoslawski said that the only serious piece from this era was the Concerto for Orchestra, one can't expect much for this triptych. Indeed, they are full of pomp yet quite insubstantial. I wonder how this remained in Lutoslawski's official catalogue of works.

Lutoslawski held "Jeux venitiens" to mark his first maturity as a composer, for it is here that he begins to experiment with limited aleatorism. The piece is a four-movement cycle for a chamber orchestra of twenty-nine soloists. The first three movements are short orchestral miniatures, while the last movement is a longer, complex finale. The first movement alternates between woodwind textures and soft, static string clusters. The second is a brief scherzo, again with alternative textures. The third movement (yet the last to be written), by far the simplest and somehow very reminiscent of his much later Symphony No. 3, is a recitative for solo flute. The finale is an exciting frenetic jumble of polyrhythms and polyphonic textures; the conductor's sole role here is to signal the entrance of various groups, otherwise they are on their own.

"Chantefleurs and Chantefables" for soprano and orchestra on poetry of Robert Desnos was written in 1991, in Lutoslawski's last phrase when he had mostly left avant-garde devices and embraced a neo-romantic idiom. Only the last piece here uses aleatorism in its counterpoint. While this performance is good, I prefer that with the LA Philharmonic conducted by Salonen with Dawn Upshaw.

The disc is filled out the "Postludium No. 1" (1958-1960), one of the quirky works of Lutoslawski's transition between folk inspiration and aleatorism. It is an unfocused, uncertain piece ; that the idea between the postludes is unsuccessful might be seen in Lutoslawski's abandoning of the fourth in 1960.

Performances here are enjoyable. Naxos can be a very unreliable label, but the Lutoslawski discs are superb nine times out of ten (the "Piano Concerto" being the only disappointment that comes to mind). Though the pieces here mark some theoretical advancements in Lutoslawski's writing, it would probably be a terrible introduction. Try the Naxos or Sony discs with his masterpiece Symphony No. 3.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great CD at a Great Price! 25 April 2013
By Gregory Landenburg - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD contains some of Lutoslawski's earlier music all played with aplomb by Antoni Wit and the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
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