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Witold Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works Vol. 4 - Symphony no 1; Partita; Chain 2; Preludia taneczne / Michael Collins, clarinet; Tasmin Little, violin

> Symphony No. 1 - I. Allegro giusto
> Symphony No. 1 - II. Poco adagio
> Symphony No. 1 - III. Allegretto misterioso
> Symphony No. 1 - IV. Allegro vivace
> Partita (version for violin and orchestra) - I. Allegro giusto
> Partita (version for violin and orchestra) - II. Ad libitum
> Partita (version for violin and orchestra) - III. Largo
> Partita (version for violin and orchestra) - IV. Ad libitum
> Partita (version for violin and orchestra) - V. Presto
> Chain II - I. Ad libitum
> Chain II - II. A battuta
> Chain II - III. Ad libitum
> Chain II - IV. A battuta - Ad libitum - A battuta
> Dance Preludes * - No. 1. Allegro molto
> Dance Preludes * - No. 2. Andantino
> Dance Preludes * - No. 3. Allegro giocoso
> Dance Preludes * - No. 4. Andante
> Dance Preludes * - No. 5. Allegro molto

Album Summary

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Symphony no 1
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Partita, for violin, orchestra & obbligato piano (arranged from version for violin & piano)
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Chain 2, dialogue for violin & orchestra
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Dance Preludes (5) for solo clarinet, harp, piano, percussion & strings (arranged from version for c
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The fifth and final volume of this Lutoslawski set is the perfect cap to a series that has been called "as polished as it is animated, and alert to the individuality of Lutoslawski's musical vocabulary and mode of expression" (Gramophone). Features exclusive Chandos artists Tasmin Little, violin, and Michael Collins, clarinet.

The Observer, 17th March 2013
The BBCSO and Edward Gardner, in the latest of this excellent series, capture the range of moods eloquently.

Financial Times, 16th March 2013
The violin concertos [are] notable for their expressive intensity, a quality matched by Tasmin Little's performances. Finally, Michael Collins relishes the solo opportunities of Dance Preludes for clarinet and chamber orchestra.

MusicWeb International, 23rd April 2013
[Gardner's] ear for detail, a feature of all these Chandos releases, brings out colours and associations which you might have missed in other versions...This is as vibrant and engaging a performance of this symphony as I have ever heard on record...a series of recordings which has to be considered a worthy new reference in some of the best music the 20th century has to offer.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2013
Gardner's interpretative decisions vary from Lutoslawski's, swifter in the fast movements, very slow in the Poco adagio...The composer had the balance between them just right but Gardner is very persuasive...Highly recommended.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2013
[Little] finds the soft-edged energy of the Partita and traces a broad melodic arc in its central Largo. All the performers show their awareness of the work's indebtedness to Baroque gesture.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
This Symphony 1 (1941-47) may be conveniently compared with Salonen's Sony with LA. The BBC is a great orchestra, recorded in superb sound. The Partita (1988) is an arrangement of the piece for violin and piano, scored with orchestra. Ms Little plays it skillfully and convincingly. Chain 2 (1984-85), for violin and orchestra, has been recorded on a DG. The Dance Preludes (1955), for clarinet, percussion, harp, piano, and strings, are built on folk materials. The outer dances are affable and the more introspective pieces quite beautiful. New listeners unfamiliar with or offended by 60s wildness will find all of this stimulating and enjoyable.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Watford Colosseum.



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Works Details

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Symphony no 1
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Watford Colosseum (04/02/2012-04/03/2012)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1947

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Partita, for violin, orchestra & obbligato piano (arranged from version for violin & piano)
  • Performers: Elizabeth Burley (Piano); Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Running Time: 16 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Chain 2, dialogue for violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Running Time: 18 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1984

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Dance Preludes (5) for solo clarinet, harp, piano, percussion & strings (arranged from version for c
  • Performers: Elizabeth Burley (Piano); Michael Collins (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Watford Colosseum (04/02/2012-04/03/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955