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2013 marks the centenary of Witold Lutoslawski’s birth. We celebrate his life and legacy with acclaimed Naxos recordings of his masterpieces.

Lutoslawski’s First Symphony ran afoul of post-WWII Polish cultural doctrines as dictated by Stalin.  It was banned as “formalist” by the Communist regime in 1949, and resulted in his being shunned by the authorities.  He turned to folk music as a potential source of raw material, creating what he termed 'functional compositions' such as childrens songs, meanwhile continuing to pursue his art away from the public eye.

Following the death of Stalin in 1953, greater experimentation and increased contact with the West became possible, allowing Lutoslawski to introduce more advanced techniques. The exuberant and accessible Concerto for Orchestra, was the first of his works to bring international acclaim. A champion of the Solidarity movement, his artistic support contributed to victory when free elections took place in Poland in 1988-9.

In January 1994, a month before his death, Lutoslawski was awarded the Order of the White Eagle, Poland’s highest honor.

Featured Releases:

LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Symphony No. 1 / Chantefleurs et Chantefables (Pasichnyk, Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit)
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Symphony No. 2 / Little Suite / Symphonic Variations / Piano Concerto (Paleczny, Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit)
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Symphony No. 3 / Paganini Variations (Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit)
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Symphony No. 4 / Violin Partita / Chain II / Funeral Music (Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit)
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Cello Concerto / Livre pour orchestre / Novelette / Chain III (Bauer, Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit)
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Concerto for Orchestra / 3 Poems by Henri Michaux / Mi-Parti / Overture for Strings (Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit)
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: 20 Polish Christmas Carols / Lacrimosa / 5 Songs (Polish Radio Choir, Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit)
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Double Concerto for Oboe and Harp / Dance Preludes / Chain I (Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit)
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Partita / Interlude / Chain I and II / Chantefleurs et Chantefables (Lutoslawski's Last Concert) (New Music Concerts, Lutoslawski)
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Preludes and Fugue for Solo Strings / Postludes / Fanfares (Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit)
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Violin Music (Complete) / SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Myths / JANACEK, L: Violin Sonata (Daskalakis, Yampolsky)


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