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Solidarity and Freedom

Donald Macleod and Dr Nicholas Reyland explore Lutoslawski's involvement with the Solidarity movement in Poland, and a change in his musical direction.

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. Today's episode explores the unrest that led to the emergence of the Solidarity movement in Poland, Lutoslawski's involvement with Solidarity and a change in his musical direction.

Les espaces du sommeil
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)
Berlin Philharmonic
Witold Lutoslawski (conductor)

Epitaph for Oboe and Piano
Melanie Ragge (oboe)
Ann Martin-Davis (piano)

Symphony No 3
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)

Producer: Sam Phillips.

59 minutes

Music Played

  • Witold Lutosławski

    Les espaces du sommeil

    Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Witold Lutosławski.
    • Philips.
    • Philips.
    • 1.
  • Witold Lutosławski

    Epitaph for Oboe and Piano

    Performer: Melanie Ragge. Performer: Ann Martin-Davis.
    • ASV: CDDCA1046.
    • ASV.
    • 27.
  • Witold Lutosławski

    Symphony No. 3

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • CHANDOS : CHSA5082.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 1.

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