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Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 / Symphony No. 2; Grave; Cello Concerto; Mala Suite / Edward Gardner, BBC Symphony Orchestra; Paul Watkins, cello

> Little Suite - I. Fujarka (Piccolo)
> Little Suite - II. Hurra Polka
> Little Suite - III. Piosenka (Song)
> Little Suite - IV. Tanice (Dance)
> Cello Concerto - Introduction -
> Cello Concerto - 4 Episodes -
> Cello Concerto - Cantilena -
> Cello Concerto - Finale
> Grave (version for cello and string orchestra) - Grave (version for cello and string orchestra)
> Symphony No. 2 - I. Hesitant -
> Symphony No. 2 - II. Direct

Album Summary

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Little Suite, for chamber orchestra (later arr. for full orchestra)
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Concerto for Cello
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Metamorphoses
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Symphony no 2
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This is the fourth volume in Chandos' series devoted to the music of the Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski. Described by Gramophone as a 'veritable dream team', Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra perform Symphony No. 2 and the Little Suite, and are joined by Paul Watkins as the soloist in the Cello Concerto and Grave.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2013
Gardner's control of [the Second], not least its eventual disintegration, is highly compelling...the Cello Concerto receives a superbly concentrated performance here from the soloists Paul Watkins...[Grave] forms a fitting counterbalance to everything else on this disc.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2013
While the lyrics tend to the arch or winsome, most of the music is vintage light Elgar, and beautifully performed...This is a very valuable addition to the Elgar discography.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2012
A broad view of Lutoslawki's creative profile, which the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner fleshes out with playing that is as polished as it is animated and alert to the individuality of Lutoslawski's musical vocabulary and mode of expression. Gardner keeps the overall structural span of the Symphony in view...while giving close attention to the localised instrumental combinations and conflicts that lend the music its vibrant personality.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2012
Davis secures absolutely first-rate results from the Scottish CO. Elin Manahan Thomas's light and slivery soprano could hardly be more suited to the parts of the Laugher and Jane-Anne, while Roderick Williams is in glorious voice throughout.

International Record Review, December 2012
The performances continue the highly favourable impression of this series to date, with Gardner securing playing of real immediacy and finesse from a BBC Symphony Orchestra that sounds as fully engaged in the lighter aspects of the composer's music as in its more searching utterances.

MusicWeb International, December 2012
Those who love this score as much as Elgar did - and I do - will welcome this new recording. It really has more light and shade than Handley's pioneering set welcome though that was at the time...all Elgarians must hear this superb set.

MusicWeb International, January 2013
With my ideas about the Cello Concerto completely transfixed by Paul Watkins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra...I feel pretty secure in being able to put forward this Chandos version against and above all others.

Sunday Times, 11th November 2012
Elgar's score is enchanting - and Davis and the SCO deliver it with evident affection.

Sunday Times, 25th November 2012
The characteristic formal diptych of the symphony is superbly enacted.

The Arts Desk, 8th December 2012
This is a wonderful disc, brilliantly delivered by Edward Gardner's BBC Symphony forces. Few orchestras play this repertoire so well.

The Independent on Sunday, 23rd December 2012
Elgar's score has an ageless freshness, and concludes with a handsome "The First Nowell".

The Times, 21st December 2012
Fragrant stuff, beautifully performed.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
Mala Suita (Little Suite) is a cheerful ten minutes. Lutoslawski was a master orchestrator, and it shows in this delightful piece. The Symphony No. 2 is from 1965-67; it is in two movements, marked 'Hesitant' and 'Direct'. 'Hesitant' is episodic. 'Direct' has its fits and spells as well. As with the other releases in Chandos's series of his works, the sound and musicianship are topnotch, and the notes (English, German, and French) are informative.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Watford Colosseum (12/05/2011-12/06/2011).


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Works Details

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Little Suite, for chamber orchestra (later arr. for full orchestra)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Watford Colosseum (12/05/2011-12/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950-1951

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Watford Colosseum (12/05/2011-12/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1966-1970

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Metamorphoses
  • Performer: Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Watford Colosseum (12/05/2011-12/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1981-1982

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Symphony no 2
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Watford Colosseum (12/05/2011-12/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1966-1967