Symphonies Nos 3 & 4
Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Roman Lasocki, violin
Miroslaw Jacek Blaszczyk
Symphony No 3, composed in 1983, opens with four hammered-out notes, a motif which recurs later in the work, and which inevitably has a strong flavour of Beethoven's Fifth. And although Lutoslawski keeps the tension up, he often does it by contrasting music of high rhythmic energy with more static passages, where it's the progression of the harmony that creates expectation and release. This version by the Silesian Philharmonic SO is more successful than the composer's own with the Berlin Philharmonic... Already in this work, Lutoslawski was turning to more sustained melodic lines, and the slow processional that begins the Fourth Symphony - with its almost tonal profile and long-breathed clarinet solo - has a sheer beauty which is captivating at first hearing.
Martin Cotton, BBC Music Magazine, 1/1/2006
The best performance on the disc is that of the Partita for violin and orchestra (with piano obbligato), Roman Lasocki taking advantage of the closely balanced sound to make the most of its expressive possibilities, especially in the substantial central movement.
Arnold Whitall, The Gramophone, 2/1/2006