The BBC Symphony Orchestra record works by Witold Lutoslawski
23 July 2011

The BBC Symphony Orchestra is recording important works by the Polish composer, Witold Lutoslawski over three days at Walthamstow Town Hall, London.
The recording is due for release later in the year and Paul will be participating in this project as a Guest Principal.

The works featured are:
Symphony No 4
Symphonic Variations
Piano Concerto
Variations on a Theme of Paganinni

Witold Lutoslawski was born in 1913 and died in 1994. Although undoubtedly one the of most important composers of the twentieth century, Lutoslawski was relatively unknown outside Poland until the 1960s. His Symphony No 1 was banned during the Stalinist era, the consequence of which was that he developed a fresh, tonal style, such as in the Concerto for Orchestra. From the 1950s he adopted serialism and aleatoric techniques as the state loosened its grip on artistic creativity. The improvement of East-West relations brought him numerous international commissions and major awards. He never lost his creative genius, completing one of his greatest works, his Symphony No 4, just shortly before he died.
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