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The inescapable forces of circumstance

Donald Macleod and Dr Nicholas Reyland explore Lutoslawski's traumatic youth in Warsaw and his terrifying experiences during the Second World War.

Witold Lutoslawski's extraordinary life mirrors the turbulent history of his homeland Poland, yet he consistently denied the effect of any of this tumult on his music. Donald Macleod is joined this week by Dr Nicholas Reyland to explore the truth of this denial alongside the life and career of one the most revered composers of the Twentieth Century. The week begins by exploring Lutoslawski's traumatic youth in Warsaw and his terrifying experiences during the Second World War.

Lacrimosa
Lucy Crowe (soprano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)

Two Studies
Ewa Kupiec (piano)

Symphonic Variations
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Witold Lutosławski (conductor)

Variations on a Theme of Paganini (2 piano original version)
Martha Argerich, Gabriela Montero (pianos)

Symphony No 1
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)

Producer: Sam Phillips.

59 minutes

Last on

Mon 25 Feb 2019 12:00

Music Played

  • Witold Lutosławski

    Lacrimosa

    Singer: Lucy Crowe. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-10688.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 4.
  • Witold Lutosławski

    2 Studies for Piano: No. 1

    Performer: Ewa Kupiec.
    • RCA G010003058878M.
    • RCA.
    • 1.
  • Witold Lutosławski

    Variations on a Theme of Paganini for 2 Pianos

    Performer: Gabriela Montero. Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • DG : 479-5096.
    • DG.
    • 7.
  • Witold Lutosławski

    Symphonic Variations

    Orchestra: Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Witold Lutosławski.
    • EMI : CD 5 73833-2.
    • EMI.
    • 1.
  • Witold Lutosławski

    Symphony No. 1

    Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • SONY CLASSICAL : 88765-440832.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
    • 2.

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