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News - The Lutoslawski Centenary Approaches (2013)
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Photo by Morten Krogvold
was indisputably one of the major composers of the twentieth century. Born in Warsaw in 1913, he showed exceptional musical talent from an early age and by the time of his death in 1994 he had created an impressive body of works. Although some are lost, Chester Music publishes almost 90 of Lutoslawski’s
Regarded as Poland’s greatest composer since Chopin, classical musicians around the world are gearing up to celebrate the composer’s centenary in 2013. The
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Concerto for Orchestra
remain the most popular works amongst conductors and soloists alike, however as well as key interpreters and dedicatees of the music such as Krystian Zimerman, the LA Philharmonic Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen, the centenary also showcases performances by a younger generation of performers such as cellist Johannes Moser.
Key performances in the coming 12/13 season include the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen presenting a series of concerts in a special series
Woven Words, Lutoslawski Centenary
, in London. The opening concert includes the
with the soloist for whom the work was written, Krystian Zimerman. Other performances in the UK include that by the
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
(the work the orchestra premiered in 1970) and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the context of its
The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
with Simon Rattle is featuring Lutoslawski as one of three featured composers next season. In Rattle’s continuing commitment to keeping alive the memory of key musical figures, the concerts include
Esa-Pekka Salonen continues to lead the celebrations with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra. In a series
, he joins in presenting concerts which include
Les espaces du sommeil
Symphony No. 4
(a work the LA Philharmonic commissioned).
For an up-to-date overview of performances, please see
. More dates will be uploaded as they are announced.
for a Lutoslawski playlist.
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