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Lutowslawski: Vocal Works / Lucy Crowe, soprano; Gardner, BBC SO

Audio Samples

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Silesian Triptych, for soprano & orchestra (collabration with Bryston)
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Lacrimosa (fragment of a requiem), for soprano, chorus & orchestra (or organ)
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Paroles tissées
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Sleep, sleep, children's song for soprano & chamber orchestra
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Les espaces du sommeil, for baritone & orchestra
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Chantefleurs et Chantefables (Songflowers and songfables), for soprano & orchestra

Album Summary

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Silesian Triptych, for soprano & orchestra (collabration with Bryston)
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Lacrimosa (fragment of a requiem), for soprano, chorus & orchestra (or organ)
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Paroles tissées
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Sleep, sleep, children's song for soprano & chamber orchestra
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Les espaces du sommeil, for baritone & orchestra
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Chantefleurs et Chantefables (Songflowers and songfables), for soprano & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The BBC Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Edward Gardner, presents Muzyka Polska Volume II, the second disc in their Polish Music series. Dedicated to the vocal works of Witold Lutoslawski, the orchestra is joined by soloist Lucy Crowe, Toby Spence, and Christopher Purves. Lutoslawski was considered one of Poland's greatest 20th century composers, earning the Order of the White Eagle, Poland's highest honor.

"What comes across in this anthology is that he wrote just as beguilingly for voice as for orchestra...[Les Espaces du sommeil] is a dark dreamscape hauntingly captured by Christopher Purves, while Toby Spence underlines the Britten-esque associations of Paroles tissées, written for Peter Pears...With music ranging from youth to old age, the disc adds up to a fascinating traversal of Lutoslawski’s style." -The Financial Times

"Toby Spence brings more muscularity to Paroles Tisées than Pears ever summoned, while Christopher Purves is a wonderfully secure soloist in Les Espaces du Sommeil, and Sophie Bevan sparkles through the Chantefleurs, and takes on the very different early pieces." -The Guardian

"Lutoslawski's sensitivity to aural texture and detail puts him in a category of his own...Gardner and the BBCSO provide glowing, delicately shaded accompaniment throughout." -The Observer

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, England (03/29/2011-03/31/2011).



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Works Details

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Silesian Triptych, for soprano & orchestra (collabration with Bryston)
  • Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, England (03/29/2011-03/31/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Lacrimosa (fragment of a requiem), for soprano, chorus & orchestra (or organ)
  • Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, England (03/29/2011-03/31/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1937

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Paroles tissées
  • Performer: Toby Spence (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, England (03/29/2011-03/31/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Sleep, sleep, children's song for soprano & chamber orchestra
  • Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, England (03/29/2011-03/31/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Les espaces du sommeil, for baritone & orchestra
  • Performer: Christopher Purves (Bass)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, England (03/29/2011-03/31/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Chantefleurs et Chantefables (Songflowers and songfables), for soprano & orchestra
  • Performer: Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, England (03/29/2011-03/31/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1991