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Witold Lutosławski

Publisher: Chester Music

Symphony No. 2 [2.Symfonia] (1967),
Commissioned by Norddeutscher Rundfunkorchester, Hamburg
Work Notes
Chester Music is the publisher of this work in all territories except Poland, Albania, Bulgaria, China, countries of the former Czechoslovakia, Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam, Romania, Hungary and the whole territory of the former USSR, where the copyright is held by Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne (PWM).
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd (Polish Works)
Category
Orchestra
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
1967
Duration
30 Minutes


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Programme Note
Witold Lutosławski Symphony No. 2 [2.Symfonia] (1967),
LUTOSLAWSKI - SYMPHONY NO 2

I composed the SECOND SYMPHONY during 1966 and 1967, some twenty years after my FIRST SYMPHONY. It consists of two movements and although it has nothing in common with the classical or neo-classical symphonies, I decided nonetheless to call it a symphony in the sense that it is written for a symphony orchestra in a large-scale closed form.

The first movement which is subtitled Hesitant comprises a succession of contreasting episodes which are generally fairly lively, punctuated by a recurring slow refrain. This movement merges into a the second which is called Direct and which is in its construction in direct contrast to the first. Although particular phrases or musical episodes can be distinguished here, they are subjugated to the forward motion (direct) which leads to the final conclusion. This contrast seems to me indispensablein a work lasting over half an hour.

The first performance of Direct was given in Hamburg in October 1966 by the Orchestra of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk, conducted by Pierre Boulez. The complete work was given its first performance in June 1967 in Katowice by the Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio and Television, conducted by myself.

© Witold Lutoslawski

  • Ensemble
    Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    P. Paleczny, piano
    Conductor
    Antoni Wit
    Naxos:
  • Ensemble
    Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Conductor
    Witold Lutoslawski
  • Ensemble
    Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Conductor
    Witold Lutoslawski
  • Ensemble
    Guildhall School of Music and Drama Symphony Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    L. Hopkins, cello
    Conductor
    Witold Lutoslawski / W. Michniewski
    Somm Recordings:
  • Ensemble
    Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    D. Upshaw, soprano P. Crossley, piano
    Conductor
    Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Sony Classical:
  • Ensemble
    Rundfunksinfonieorchester Saarbrücken
    Conductor
    R. Kofman
  • Ensemble
    BBC Symphony Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Paul Watkins, cello
    Conductor
    Edward Gardner
    Chandos:
  • Ensemble
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Conductor
    Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Sony Classical:
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