Lutoslawski: The Symphonies nos 1-4; Fanfare for Los Angeles Philharmonic (1993) /Salonen, LA PO

Album Summary

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Fanfare for Los Angeles Philharmonic, for orchestra
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Symphony no 1
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Symphony no 2
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Symphony no 3
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Symphony no 4
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

World-renowned conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic join together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski. Salonen and the LA Philharmonic have recorded Lutoslawski's Symphony No. 1 live at the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles along with the composer's "Fanfare for the Los Angeles Philharmonic." The new two CD set also includes Lutoslawski's Symphonies Nos. 2, 3 and 4, which were previously recorded by Salonen and the LA Philharmonic, and new liner notes by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and noted Lutoslawski scholar Steven Stucky.

Finnish composer/conductor Salonen enjoyed a special relationship with Lutoslawski having studied composition with him and has championed many of the composer's works over the years. Salonen is the Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and was their Music Director from 1992 to 2009. During the last decade of his life, Lutoslawski had strong ties to the LA Philharmonic where he conducted premiere performances of many of his new works.

In 2013, Salonen launches a series of Lutoslawski performances including dates with the Chicago Symphony orchestra featuring Yo-Yo Ma on cello.

Sunday Times, March 2013
The inherent mobility of his idiom seems to make for a magical refreshment of standard gambits - suddenly scuttering woodwind, cutting brass, the slicing, soaring string line. At his most rhetorical, he's never actually predictable.

The Guardian, March 2013
Released for the first time as a set, they make the perfect tribute for this year's Lutoslawski centenary. Salonen's best qualities as a conductor are exemplified here too, whether in the care with which he marshalls and balances the neoclassical textures of the First Symphony...or brings so vividly to life the immaculately crafted surfaces of the Third and Fourth.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
This program opens with a brief, ringing Fanfare for the Los Angeles Philharmonic (1993). Symphony 1 (1941-1947), with clear references to standard forms and rhythms set with fuzzy harmony and free counterpoint. The faster music is excitingly virtuosic, and more lyrical sections are songful. Orchestration is brilliantly colorful and blazing. It's a fine work that deserves more performances by excellent orchestras. The impressive 2 (1966-7) is in early 60s Lutoslawskian style. 3 (1972-1983) was commissioned by Chicago and Solti and took more than a decade to complete. The piece turned out to be the most recorded of Lutoslawski's symphonies. In one integrated half-hour movement, in four parts that approximate the traditional classical model. The powerful opening's repeated octaves call to mind his famous String Quartet.



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>Lutoslawski, Witold : Fanfare for Los Angeles Philharmonic, for orchestra
  • Performer: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Notes: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles (11/30/2012-12/02/2012)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1993

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Symphony no 1
  • Performer: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Notes: TODD-AO Scoring Studio, Los Angeles (11/30/2012-12/02/2012); Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles (11/30/2012-12/02/2012); TODD-AO Scoring Studio, Los Angeles (1994-11-14&1994-11-17&1994-); Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles (1994-11-14&1994-11-17&1994-)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1947

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Symphony no 2
  • Performer: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Running Time: 27 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1966-1967

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Symphony no 3
  • Performer: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Notes: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles (1985-11-29&1985-11-30&1985-)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1972-1973

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Symphony no 4
  • Performer: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Running Time: 21 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1993