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Lutoslawski: Piano Concerto; Symphony No. 2 / Krystian Zimerman, piano; Berlin PO; Rattle

Album Summary

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Concerto for Piano "For Krystian Zimerman"
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Symphony no 2
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This all-new recording features Witold Lutoslawski's Piano Concerto in a performance by acclaimed pianist Krystian Zimerman and Sir Simon Rattle who leada the Berlin Philharmonic. The concerto, completed in 1988, is dedicated to Zimerman who also gave the world-premiere performance. The concerto is paired with a performance of the composer's Symphony No. 2.

Lutoslawski's Piano Concerto was completed in 1988 and is dedicated to Krystian Zimerman, who is the soloist in a performance with Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. The concerto is paired with a performance of the composer's not often recorded Symphony no. 2.

Sunday Times, 2nd August 2015
Rattle has always been a passionate Lutoslawskian, and his Berliners enjoyed a close relationship with the composer, who recorded his most important orchestral scores with them. The symphony, a dark, brooding work from 1967, has flashes of brilliance in the orchestral writing, which could hardly be better played and conducted today.

The Guardian, 5th August 2015
Zimerman has continued to perform the concerto regularly, living with it, refining his interpretation. The piano part was always perfectly tailored to his supreme technique...the Berlin Philharmonic's realisation of the flickering, glinting orchestral writing is just as meticulously detailed as the jewel-like precision of the piano playing.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2015
Zimerman injects both delicacy and virtuosity into the dialogue with Simon Rattle's orchestra, and also holds the key, as probably only a Pole could do, to the serious yet wistful undercurrents of this work. Yet Rattle's own input is distinguished... and who better to summon up [the warmth of the work] than the luxurious-sounding Berliners?

The Times, 14th August 2015
You only have to listen to the Second Symphony's accelerating terror and cataclysmic climax - particularly as Rattle and the Berliners do it - to realise that Lutoslawski poured much more into his composition than excellent craftsmanship...Zimerman virtually owns [the Piano Concerto]: he premiered it, and recorded it with the composer conducting. Here he finds an even greater profundity.

Financial Times, 14th August 2015
Elusive and restless, Lutoslawski's Piano Concerto is like a siren luring the inquisitive listener. Nothing is obvious in this airborne music, as its ideas gather and disperse at speed, like swarming insects, only touching the ground in the last few minutes.Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic are inspiring interpreters and the music takes wing.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2015
Partnered with exemplary polish and unstinting dedication by Rattle and the Berliners, Zimerman is at his patrician, dazzingly articulate best, locating even greater reserves of concentration and rapt hush than previously in the slow movement... [the Second Symphony is] delivered with riveting technical mastery here... a very fine issue.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Berlin, Philharmonie, Groáer Saal (09/2013).



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>Lutoslawski, Witold : Concerto for Piano "For Krystian Zimerman"
  • Performer: Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 25 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1987
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Symphony no 2
  • Performer: Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 26 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1966-1967
  • Studio/Live: Live