Witold Lutoslawski Polish Composer. 1913-1994. having attended a very enjoyable concert as part of of this composer retrospective weekend in 1996 at the the Barbican in london - i have been a big fan ever since of this most approachable (overall) of the late 20th C modernist composers. why ? this excellent triple cd should provide ample proof why..
this EMI triple cd collection adds further orchestral works to their earlier double forte double cd collection from 1999 with additional works such as Preludes & Fugue for 13 Solo Strings, Trois Poèmes D'Henri Michaux, Paroles Tisées + the Postlude No. 1 - all given arresting, vivid performances under the baton of the composer himself and his fellow countryfolk. personally i could have "lost" the Symphony no.2 on cd 1 + have the wonderous orchestral song cycle "Chantefleurs et Chantefables" added instead but the composer didn't to my knowledge record this song cycle alas,but Dawn Upshaw's version with Salonen on sony is excellent.
good ,dynamic recordings, near definitive authoritive perforances - all repackaged in an attractive 3 cd collection .asking the question - why really bother buying other versions when these are pretty much definitive ?
strongly recommended, as is Salonen's sony series and Wit on naxos also. see my other Lutoslawski reviews for comparison, but really these recordings with the composer must be considered definitive + at a repackaged here at super budget price.
I am happy that I bought this boxed set and have found it interesting and very good value. Though I had earlier known some songs of Lutoslawski and liked them, I am not very taken by these orchestral works. That's just my taste, nothing wrong with the performances.
This 3 CD collection of the Polish composer Lutoslawski orchestral music covers a period in the composers life from the 1930s to the late 1960s. It is a challenging range of music by a composer influenced by Schoenberg, John Cage and including the throw of a dice to create chance elements in his music.