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Lutoslawski: Symphony No.1; Symphony No.2; Concerto for Orchestra [Double CD]

Witold Lutoslawski; Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Jan 2011)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B004DKUTFY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Listen  1. Symphonic Variations (1994 Digital Remaster)Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra/Witold Lutoslawski 8:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No.1 (1994 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro guistoPolish Radio National Symphony Orchestra/Witold Lutoslawski 4:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.1 (1994 Digital Remaster): II. Poco adagioPolish Radio National Symphony Orchestra/Witold Lutoslawski 9:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.1 (1994 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro misteriosoPolish Radio National Symphony Orchestra/Witold Lutoslawski 4:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No.1 (1994 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro vivaceWitold Lutoslawski/Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra 5:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Musique funèbre (1958) (1994 Digital Remaster)Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra/Witold Lutoslawski13:34Album Only
Listen  7. Symphony No. 2 (1994 Digital Remaster): I. HésitantPolish Radio National Symphony Orchestra/Witold Lutoslawski15:42Album Only
Listen  8. Symphony No. 2 (1994 Digital Remaster): II. DirectWitold Lutoslawski/Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra15:40Album Only


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Listen  1. Concerto for Orchestra (1994 Digital Remaster): I Intrada (Allegro maestoso)Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Witold Lutoslawski 6:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Concerto for Orchestra (1994 Digital Remaster): II Capriccio, Notturna e Arioso (Vivace)Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Witold Lutoslawski 6:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Concerto for Orchestra (1994 Digital Remaster): III Passacaglia, Toccata e Corale (Andante con moto - Allegro giusto)Witold Lutoslawski/Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra15:34Album Only
Listen  4. Jeux Vénetiens (1994 Digital Remaster)Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Witold Lutoslawski13:04Album Only
Listen  5. Livre pour orchestre (1994 Digital Remaster)Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Witold Lutoslawski21:19Album Only
Listen  6. Mi-parti (1994 Digital Remaster)Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Witold Lutoslawski14:35Album Only


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5.0 out of 5 stars self recommending dbl cd for Lutoslawski fans 10 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD
EMI re-issue of earlier EMI double forte release with better packaging.

as a fan of Witold Lutoslawki for some ten years now (+ amazon reviewer of several of the composers releases on cd) i bought this EMI doublew cd a month or so ago in order to have further recordings of his canon. the key point her e is that all works on this well mastered EMI collection feature the composer himself conducting , giving this collection a unique authority that no fans will want to miss out on hearing or owning at some point.

i've not heard the releases under Barenboim , but have several cds of Pekka Salonen on Sony, that are very fine as well as several of the naxos series with Antoni Wit conducting are excellent, but this collection must be added to any Lutoslaswski fans's shortlist also.

performances when compared to the above releases are wilder, looser, with greater confidence under the compose himself (as might be expected) than either Wit or Salonen: in arguably definitive interpretations. recordings across the two disc are excellent, although the booklet notes are pretty poor, being very sparse with no individual recording details other than stating recorded 1976/77 with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. as usual the major labels "budget" release sheds detailed liner notes. Naxos at budget price have always excelled in this to the major labels shame. this EMI selection could be criticised for omitting certain works such as Chantefleurs et Chantefables (orchestral song cyle for instance - a personal favourite) or the Paino Concerto, but the vivid versions here of the Concerto for Orchestra, MI-Parti etc more than make up for this.

Overall - a fine overview of Lutoslawski's Orchestral ouvre although EMI have now re-released these recordings as a "3" triple cd collection at the same budget price with added orchestral works - so this is even more desirable a collection..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Lutoslawski conducts his orchestral works, composed from 1936 to 1976 28 Jun 2012
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Format:Audio CD
This 20th Century Classics set is the latest packaging of EMI's great recordings of Lutoslawski's orchestral works from 1976/1977. (Amazon has annoyingly substituted the cover of the 2008 Gemini edition for the cover of this 2011 reissue, and refuses to correct it -- you can find the actual cover in the Customer Images.) The conductor leads the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in great performances.

DISC ONE
Symphonic Variations (1936-38) 8'52
Symphony No. 1 (1941-47) 24'43
Musique Funebre (Funeral Music for Strings) (1954-58) 13'30
Symphony No. 2 (1965-67) 31'22

The pre-war "Symphonic Variations" is a light piece in the Stravinskian mode. Clearly Lutoslawski has not yet developed his own voice. "Symphony No. 1" is very strong, an excellent first symphony heavily influenced by the music of Stravinsky, Bartok, Hindemith, Prokofiev, and Roussel. Lutoslawski's distinctive voice is not yet heard, but it was being forged as he grappled with and synthesized some of the best of the early 20th century's developments. With dynamic, propulsive outer movements and inner movements compellingly reflective, "Symphony No. 1" gives no sign of being written during the war. By the time is was completed it would have made uplifting post-war music, but it was banned by the Polish regime because it made some slight use of Schoenberg's 12-tone method, which was strictly forbidden at the time.

Subsequently Poland pursued a more open cultural policy, and Lutoslawski was able to experiment more boldly as the 1950s progressed. "Musique Funebre" is one of his masterpieces, a 12-tone work dedicated to Bartok that anyone can love, with a strong shape and dark tones featuring the interval of a semitone as an anchor. "Symphony No. 2" is one of Lutoslawski's most radical works, featuring the "aleatoric" method of "ad libitum" playing from the orchestra, forcing the musicians to choose their own notes in many passages, within strict limits. The symphony is in two parts: Hesitant and Direct. The first part basically sets a mood, and is relatively formless. Then the second part forges strong contrasts and dynamics with blocks of instruments playing ad libitum. It definitely summons the rebellious, liberatory mood of 1967 -- "feed your head" indeed! I first heard this piece over 10 years ago, the later recording by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic on Sony. I was thoroughly unimpressed. This composer-led performance is much better, and now I can appreciate the radical score.

DISC TWO
Concerto for Orchestra (1950-54) 28'26
Jeux venitiens (1960-61) 12'58
Livre pour orchestre (1968) 21'12
Mi-parti (1975-76) 14'35

Lutoslawski's "Concerto for Orchestra" is another of his masterpieces. While it shares some aspects of structure with Bartok's better-known piece of the same name, the content is altogether different. And while Bartok mocked Shostakovich with a quote from his Symphony No. 7, Lutoslawski respectfully includes the D-S-C-H motto in his final movement. The opening "Intrada: Allegro maestoso" is very strong and memorable, reminiscent of Shostakovich. It then moves through a quieter "Capriccio notturno e Arioso" before moving into a powerful closing "Allegro gusto." I have heard several recordings of this work, and this is by far the best, bringing out its rich Romantic potential in a way missed by Barenboim and the CSO. The PRNSO sounds splendid!

The three works that follow are all among Lutoslawski's most radical. "Jeux venitiens" (Venetian Games) is another masterpiece. It has always been one of my favorite Lutoslawski works, moving through delightful passages with light, airy instrumentation and making use of the aleatory method for the first time. "Livre pour orchestre" (Book for Orchestra) surprises the ear right away with its use of glissandos, indicating that Lutoslawski has been listening to Xenakis. Along with "Symphony No. 2" and the "String Quartet," this represents the high point of Lutoslawski's Sixties radicalism. The book bears repeated readings, but does not easily yield its secrets. Finally, "Mi-parti" is a lovely piece that is part of the conductor's move back toward convention, including passages of gentle lyricism and simplicity. Ultimately with works including his "Piano Concerto" he would abandon his Sixties experimentation altogether, but here he is only on the path, he has not yet arrived. It sounds superb.

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EMI has reissued this music many times, most recently in its Gemini series and as two of the discs in a 3-disc set. Whatever package it comes in, it sounds great -- essential music from one of the finest late 20th century composers.
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