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.
Lucy Crowe (soprano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)
Ewa Kupiec (piano)
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.
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