Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994)

Episodes

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01The inescapable forces of circumstance20180122

Donald Macleod and Dr Nicholas Reyland explore Lutoslawski's traumatic youth.

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.

02Folk Music, Stalinism and Beyond20180123

Donald Macleod explores Lutoslawski's post war experiences.

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. Tuesday's episode focusses on the aftermath of the war in Poland, and Lutoslawski's brief flirtation with folk music.

Little Suite (Mala Suita) - II. Hurra Polka
NDR Symphony Orchestra
Krzysztof Urbanski (conductor)

Bukoliki - I. Allegro vivace
Stella Czajkowski (piano)

Wiosna (Spring) - no.1. Piosenka o zlotym listku (Song of the golden leaf)
Anna Radziejewska (mezzo-soprano)
Mariusz Rutkowski (piano)

Concerto for Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)

Musique funèbre
Cleveland Orchestra
Christoph von Dohnanyi (conductor)

Producer: Sam Phillips.

03Branching Out20180124

Donald Macleod focuses on the different strands of Lutoslawski's work in the 50s and 60s.

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. Wednesday's episode introduces us to the composer's alter-ego, Derwid, and explores Lutoslawaski's conducting career, and his reaction to both further political unrest in Poland and personal tragedy.

"Derwid": Nie oczekuje dzis nikogo (I'm not expecting anyone today)
Rena Rolska (vocals)
Polish Radio Dance Orchestra
Ryszard Damrosz (conductor)

Livre pour Orchestre
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Witold Lutoslawski (conductor)

Cello Concerto
Rostropovich (cello)
Orchestre de Paris
Witold Lutoslawski (conductor)

Producer: Sam Phillips.

04Solidarity and Freedom20180125

Donald Macleod explores Lutoslawski and the Solidarity movement in Poland.

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.

05Final Years and Acclaim20180126

Donald MacLeod and Dr Nicholas Reyland explore Lutoslawski's final years and works.

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. This week's final programme explores Lutoslawski's final years, which saw him showered with awards by musical establishments across Europe

Fanfare for CUBE
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Antoni Wit (conductor)

Piano Concerto
Christian Zimmerman (piano)
Berlin Philharmonic
Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

Symphony no 4
LA Philharmonic
Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)

Chantefleurs et Chantefables - I. La Belle-de-nuit
Valdine Anderson (soprano)
New Music Concerts Ensemble
Witold Lutosławski (conductor)

Producer: Sam Phillips.