Witold Lutoslawski
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1913-01-25
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Witold Lutoslawski hoped to continue his studies in Paris after graduating in piano and composition from the Warsaw Conservatory in 1937. But military service intervened, during which he was captured by the Germans before escaping to Warsaw (his brother was ...

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Biography

Witold Lutoslawski hoped to continue his studies in Paris after graduating in piano and composition from the Warsaw Conservatory in 1937. But military service intervened, during which he was captured by the Germans before escaping to Warsaw (his brother was not so fortunate, and died in Siberia).

His Variations on a Theme of Paganini (1941) for two pianos, was written for himself and his composer-contemporary Andrzej Panufnik, with whom he played in Warsaw’s cafés. In 1949 Lutoslawski’s First Symphony (1947) was banned, and in the following years his output included much folk music, including children’s songs, until the extrovert Concerto for Orchestra (1950–54) established his national reputation. His fondness of aleatoric, or chance, principles, was first explored in Jeux vénitiens (1961) and in many works of the 1960s.

After the Symphony No. 2 (1965–7) and the Cello Concerto (1969–70) he developed a more melodic style in the Double Concerto for oboe and harp (1980) and Symphony No. 3 (1981–3). He died a year after the premiere in Los Angeles of his Symphony No. 4.

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Witold Lutoslawski, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain & Edward Gardner
Concerto for orchestra
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Concerto for orchestra Concerto for orchestra Concerto for orchestra Concerto for orchestra
Witold Lutoslawski, Antoni Wit & Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach
Symphonic Variations
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Symphonic Variations Symphonic Variations Symphonic Variations Symphonic Variations
Witold Lutoslawski, NDR Symphony Orchestra & Krzysztof Urbanski
Concerto for Orchestra
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Concerto for Orchestra Concerto for Orchestra Concerto for Orchestra Concerto for Orchestra

Concerto for Orchestra

Orchestra
NDR Symphony Orchestra
Conductor
Krzysztof Urbanski
Witold Lutosławski, Martha Argerich
Variations on a theme of Paganini for 2 pianos
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Variations on a theme of Paganini for 2 pianos Variations on a theme of Paganini for 2 pianos Variations on a theme of Paganini for 2 pianos Variations on a theme of Paganini for 2 pianos
Witold Lutoslawski, Juanjo Mena & BBC Philharmonic
Symphonic Variations (1936 - 1938)
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Symphonic Variations (1936 - 1938) Symphonic Variations (1936 - 1938) Symphonic Variations (1936 - 1938) Symphonic Variations (1936 - 1938)
Joaquín Valdepeñas, Witold Lutoslawski & Patricia Parr
Dance preludes (Preludia taneczne) vers. for clarinet and piano
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Dance preludes (Preludia taneczne) vers. for clarinet and piano Dance preludes (Preludia taneczne) vers. for clarinet and piano Dance preludes (Preludia taneczne) vers. for clarinet and piano Dance preludes (Preludia taneczne) vers. for clarinet and piano
Witold Lutoslawski, Berliner Philharmoniker & Sir Simon Rattle
Symphony no.3
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Symphony no.3 Symphony no.3 Symphony no.3 Symphony no.3
Witold Lutoslawski, Łukasz Borowicz & Sofia Radio Symphony Orchestra
Little Suite (vers. for chamber orchestra)
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Little Suite (vers. for chamber orchestra) Little Suite (vers. for chamber orchestra) Little Suite (vers. for chamber orchestra) Little Suite (vers. for chamber orchestra)
Sakari Oramo, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Witold Lutoslawski & Stephen Hough
Variations on a theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra
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Variations on a theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra Variations on a theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra Variations on a theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra Variations on a theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra
National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Liebreich & Witold Lutoslawski
Concerto for orchestra
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Concerto for orchestra Concerto for orchestra Concerto for orchestra Concerto for orchestra
Witold Lutoslawski, Antoni Wit, Bernd Glemser & Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Paganini Variations
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Paganini Variations Paganini Variations Paganini Variations Paganini Variations
Azpiazu, Jose de, Kuropaczewski, Lukasz & Witold Lutoslawski
9 Folk Melodies - 1. Ach moj Jasienko (Oh, my Johnny)
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9 Folk Melodies - 1. Ach moj Jasienko (Oh, my Johnny) 9 Folk Melodies - 1. Ach moj Jasienko (Oh, my Johnny) 9 Folk Melodies - 1. Ach moj Jasienko (Oh, my Johnny) 9 Folk Melodies - 1. Ach moj Jasienko (Oh, my Johnny)

9 Folk Melodies - 1. Ach moj Jasienko (Oh, my Johnny)

Music Arranger
Azpiazu, Jose de
Performer
Kuropaczewski, Lukasz
Eugen Burger-Yonov, Witold Lutoslawski & Seraphin Maurice Lutz
Dance Preludes, for clarinet and piano
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Dance Preludes, for clarinet and piano Dance Preludes, for clarinet and piano Dance Preludes, for clarinet and piano Dance Preludes, for clarinet and piano

Dance Preludes, for clarinet and piano

Performer
Eugen Burger-Yonov
Seraphin Maurice Lutz
National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Witold Lutosławski & Łukasz Borowicz
Ten Polish Dances
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Ten Polish Dances Ten Polish Dances Ten Polish Dances Ten Polish Dances
Anna Radziejewska, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Witold Lutosławski & Łukasz Borowicz
Five Songs
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Five Songs Five Songs Five Songs Five Songs
National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Witold Lutosławski & Łukasz Borowicz
Slides
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Slides Slides Slides Slides
Witold Lutoslawski (National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain conducted by Edward Gardner)
Concerto for Orchestra
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Concerto for Orchestra Concerto for Orchestra Concerto for Orchestra Concerto for Orchestra
Apollon Musagete Quartet & Witold Lutoslawski
Quartet for strings
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Quartet for strings Quartet for strings Quartet for strings Quartet for strings
Richard Uttley, Witold Lutoslawski & Mark Simpson
Dance preludes [Preludia taneczne] vers. for clarinet & piano
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Dance preludes [Preludia taneczne] vers. for clarinet & piano Dance preludes [Preludia taneczne] vers. for clarinet & piano Dance preludes [Preludia taneczne] vers. for clarinet & piano Dance preludes [Preludia taneczne] vers. for clarinet & piano

Dance preludes [Preludia taneczne] vers. for clarinet & piano

Performer
Richard Uttley
Mark Simpson
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Witold Lutoslawski
Concerto for Orchestra - 1st movement
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Concerto for Orchestra - 1st movement Concerto for Orchestra - 1st movement Concerto for Orchestra - 1st movement Concerto for Orchestra - 1st movement
Britten Sinfonia & Witold Lutoslawski
Bukoliki for viola and cello
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Bukoliki for viola and cello Bukoliki for viola and cello Bukoliki for viola and cello Bukoliki for viola and cello
Jac van Steen, Witold Lutoslawski & BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Symphony No.3
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Symphony No.3 Symphony No.3 Symphony No.3 Symphony No.3
Witold Lutoslawski, Elizaveta Tyun (violin) & Elena Namilova (piano)
Subito for violin and piano
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Subito for violin and piano Subito for violin and piano Subito for violin and piano Subito for violin and piano

Subito for violin and piano

Performer
Elizaveta Tyun (violin)
Elena Namilova (piano)
Louis Lortie, Witold Lutosławski, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Edward Gardner
Concerto for piano and orchestra (feat. BBC Symphony Orchestra & Edward Gardner)
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Concerto for piano and orchestra (feat. BBC Symphony Orchestra & Edward Gardner) Concerto for piano and orchestra (feat. BBC Symphony Orchestra & Edward Gardner) Concerto for piano and orchestra (feat. BBC Symphony Orchestra & Edward Gardner) Concerto for piano and orchestra (feat. BBC Symphony Orchestra & Edward Gardner)
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Witold Lutosławski, Edward Gardner
Symphonic Variations (feat. Edward Gardner)
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Symphonic Variations (feat. Edward Gardner) Symphonic Variations (feat. Edward Gardner) Symphonic Variations (feat. Edward Gardner) Symphonic Variations (feat. Edward Gardner)
Martha Argerich, Witold Lutosławski & Nelson Freire
Variations on a Theme by Paganini for Two Pianos (feat. Nelson Freire)
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Variations on a Theme by Paganini for Two Pianos (feat. Nelson Freire) Variations on a Theme by Paganini for Two Pianos (feat. Nelson Freire) Variations on a Theme by Paganini for Two Pianos (feat. Nelson Freire) Variations on a Theme by Paganini for Two Pianos (feat. Nelson Freire)
Witold Lutoslawski, Michael Collins & Michael McHale
Dance preludes, vers. for clarinet & piano
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Dance preludes, vers. for clarinet & piano Dance preludes, vers. for clarinet & piano Dance preludes, vers. for clarinet & piano Dance preludes, vers. for clarinet & piano
Ulster Orchestra & Witold Lutosławski
Little suite
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Little suite Little suite Little suite Little suite
Apollon Musagete Quartet & Witold Lutosławski
Lutoslawski - String Quartet
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Lutoslawski - String Quartet Lutoslawski - String Quartet Lutoslawski - String Quartet Lutoslawski - String Quartet
Witold Lutoslawski, Julie Doyle, BBC S O. & Philharmonia Chorus
20 Polish Christmas carols vers. sop, fem chor, orch
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20 Polish Christmas carols vers. sop, fem chor, orch 20 Polish Christmas carols vers. sop, fem chor, orch 20 Polish Christmas carols vers. sop, fem chor, orch 20 Polish Christmas carols vers. sop, fem chor, orch
Witold Lutosławski, Chloë Hanslip & Danny Driver
Subito for violin and piano (feat. Chloë Hanslip & Danny Driver)
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Subito for violin and piano (feat. Chloë Hanslip & Danny Driver) Subito for violin and piano (feat. Chloë Hanslip & Danny Driver) Subito for violin and piano (feat. Chloë Hanslip & Danny Driver) Subito for violin and piano (feat. Chloë Hanslip & Danny Driver)
Witold Lutosławski, Lucy Crowe, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Edward Gardner
Splize, spij (Sleep, sleep) (1951) (feat. Edward Gardner, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Lucy Crowe)
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Splize, spij (Sleep, sleep) (1951) (feat. Edward Gardner, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Lucy Crowe) Splize, spij (Sleep, sleep) (1951) (feat. Edward Gardner, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Lucy Crowe) Splize, spij (Sleep, sleep) (1951) (feat. Edward Gardner, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Lucy Crowe) Splize, spij (Sleep, sleep) (1951) (feat. Edward Gardner, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Lucy Crowe)
Kristina Blaumane, Maxim Rysanov, Witold Lutosławski & Gregor Piatigorsky
5 Bukoliki [Bucolics] for viola and cello
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5 Bukoliki [Bucolics] for viola and cello 5 Bukoliki [Bucolics] for viola and cello 5 Bukoliki [Bucolics] for viola and cello 5 Bukoliki [Bucolics] for viola and cello

5 Bukoliki [Bucolics] for viola and cello

Performer
Kristina Blaumane, Maxim Rysanov, Witold Lutosławski & Gregor Piatigorsky
Witold Lutosławski, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Edward Gardner
Little Suite (feat. Edward Gardner & BBC Symphony Orchestra)
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Little Suite (feat. Edward Gardner & BBC Symphony Orchestra) Little Suite (feat. Edward Gardner & BBC Symphony Orchestra) Little Suite (feat. Edward Gardner & BBC Symphony Orchestra) Little Suite (feat. Edward Gardner & BBC Symphony Orchestra)
Witold Lutoslawski
Variations on a theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra
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Variations on a theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra Variations on a theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra Variations on a theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra Variations on a theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra
Witold Lutoslawski
Concerto for orchestra
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Concerto for orchestra Concerto for orchestra Concerto for orchestra Concerto for orchestra
Witold Lutosławski, English Chamber Orchestra
Paroles tissees
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Paroles tissees Paroles tissees Paroles tissees Paroles tissees
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