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03-04-2013, 02:03 AM
Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994) was the leading progressive figure in Polish music of the second half of the
twentieth century. Born in Warsaw, he showed an exceptional musical talent at an early age, with his first compositions
dating from 1922. He studied piano, violin, and composition (with Witold Maliszewski, a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov),
graduating from the Warsaw Conservatory in 1937. Two years, at the beginning of World War II, Poland was
occupied by the Nazi Germany; and Nazi repression included censorship on artistic expression. Lutoslawski
survived the difficult war years as well as the subsequent Stalinist period by writing for radio, film, and theatre.
In addition, he arranged folk-songs and composed music for children.

Considered too formalist, his concert music was rarely performed. His first substantial orchestral work, The
Symphonic Variations was premiered in 1939. It is a work firmly rooted in tonality with a folk-like theme that is
varied in a kaleidoscopic way. His first stylistic period culminated in the folk-influenced, three-movement
Concerto for Orchestra (1954).

With the cultural thaw which started in the late '50s, his reputation began to grow, at home and abroad,
as did his compositional style, with twelve-tone techniques appearing in Funeral Music (1958). In this work,
Lutoslawski continually resolves ascending scales with semi-tone intervals that tend to anchor tonal
centers within keyless regions. In Jeux Vénitiens (1961), Lutoslawski took his first step into a "limited
aleatory music" -- after hearing a performance of John Cage's Concerto for Piano in 1960. Lutoslawski's
elegant String Quartet (1964) utilizes four rhythmically independent strands simultaneously, yielding
wonderfully dense and elastic textures. In the Live pour orchestra (1968) the work's four main sections
are connected by controlled aleatory passages. Most of his subsequent works were orchestral, fully
chromatic, orchestrated in a manner suggesting Debussy and Ravel, and consistently develop an
opposition between aleatory and metrical textures. Lutoslawski went on to compose nearly twenty
major orchestral works, including Symphony No. 3 (1982), for which he was awarded the prestigious
Grawemeyer Award, and his final Symphony No. 4 (1992), commissioned and premiered by the Los
Angeles Philharmonic.

He also composed works for distinguished soloists, such as Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, (&Les espaces
du sommeil), Heinz and Ursula Holliger (Concerto for Oboe and Harp), Anne-Sophie Mutter, Chain II,
Mstislav Rostropovich (cello concerto), and Krystian Zimmerman (Piano Concerto). Lutoslawski's
extensive experience conducting his own works helped him to refine his musical language, his later
works becoming more lyrical and harmonically transparent.

This upload includes:

Symphony No.1
Symphony No.2 (x2 - Lutoslawski, Wit)
Symphony No.3
Symphony No.4

Symphonic Variations (x2 - Lutoslawski, Wit)
Piano Concerto (Piotr Palecny)
Chain II (Krzystof Bakowski)
Partita for Violin (Krzystof Bakowski)
Les Espaces du Sommeil (Adam Kruszewski)
Paroles Tissées (Piotr Kusiewicz)
Paganini Variations (Bernd Glemser)
Musique funčbre
Little Suite

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Music Composed by Witold Lutoslawski
Played by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Antoni Wit & Witold Lutoslawski

"Antoni Wit, one of the most highly regarded Polish conductors, studied conducting with Henryk Czyz
at the Academy of Music in Kraków. He then continued his musical studies with Nadia Boulanger
in Paris. He also graduated in law at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Immediately after completing
his studies he was engaged as an assistant at the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra by Witold Rowicki.
After winning second prize in the International Herbert von Karajan Conducting Competition in Berlin
(1971), he became an assistant conductor to the patron of that competition. Later he was appointed
conductor of the Poznań Philharmonic, collaborated with the Warsaw Grand Theatre, and from 1974 to
1977 was artistic director of the Pomeranian Philharmonic, before his appointment as director of the
Polish Radio and Television Orchestra and Chorus in Kraków, from 1977 to 1983. From 1983 to 2000
he was managing and artistic director of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, and
from 1987 to 1992 he was the chief conductor and then first guest conductor of the Orquesta Filarmónica
de Gran Canaria. In 2002 he became managing and artistic director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
and Choir. Since the season 2010/11, he has been first guest conductor with the Orquesta Sinfónica de
Navarra in Pamplona. His international career has brought engagements with major orchestras throughout
Europe, the Americas and the Near and Far East.

He has made over 200 records, including an acclaimed release for Naxos of the piano concertos of
Prokofiev, awarded the Diapason d’Or and Grand Prix du Disque de la Nouvelle Académie du Disque.
In January 2002 his recording of the Turangalîla Symphony by Olivier Messiaen (8.554478–79) was
awarded the Cannes Classical Award at MIDEM Classic 2002. In 2004 he received the Classical Internet
Award. He has completed for Naxos a CD series of Szymanowski’s symphonic and large-scale
vocal-instrumental works, each rated among ‘discs of the month’ by CD magazines (Gramophone,
BBC Music Magazine). He also received the Record Academy Award 2005 of Japanese music magazine
Record Geijutsu for Penderecki’s Polish Requiem (Naxos), and four Fryderyk Awards of the Polish
Phonographic Academy. He has received seven GRAMMY® nominations for Penderecki’s St Luke Passion
in 2004 (8.557149), A Polish Requiem in 2005 (8.557386–87), Seven Gates of Jerusalem in 2007
(8.557766), Utrenja in 2009 (8.572031) and Karol Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater in 2008 (8.570724)
and Symphonies Nos 1 and 4 in 2009 (8.570722). In 2010 Antoni Wit won the annual award of the
Karol Szymanowski Foundation for his promotion of the music of Szymanowski in his Naxos
recordings. In December 2012 the box of five CDs containing all of Penderecki’s symphonies and
selected other works, recorded for Naxos with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in
Katowice and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir under the baton of Antoni Wit,
received Choc of the Month from the music magazine Classica."

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Source: EMI, Naxos CDs (my rips!)
Format: mp3, 320k/s (CBR), ADD/DDD Stereo
File Size: 695 MB

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03-06-2013, 01:12 AM
Wow. Nobody interested in the music of the greatest 20th century Polish composer (with Krystzof Penderecki)? ;)

03-06-2013, 04:56 AM
Thanks. I didn´t know anything about this composer, will listen with interest :)

03-06-2013, 05:05 AM
thank you

03-06-2013, 05:17 AM
Thanks. Looking forward to exploring a composer unfamiliar to me :)

03-06-2013, 08:43 AM
Well, I would say, nowadays, Witold Lutoslawski is kind of out.

So I wouldn't be surprised if no one downloads it. If I were you.

03-06-2013, 08:48 AM
Do you have it in LOSSLESS?

03-08-2013, 01:15 AM
Lutoslawski is out, Zimmer is in. That's the world we live in ... :(

03-08-2013, 06:20 PM
Many thanks!

03-09-2013, 02:14 AM
Links sent.