Antoni Wit

Lutoslawski: Symphonies; Concertos; Choral and Vocal Works

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For the greater part of two decades, Antoni Wit and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra recorded the symphonies, concertos, and other major works of Witold Lutoslawski, in a project for Naxos that won critical praise and admiration from listeners. By the time of his death in 1994, Lutoslawski had achieved recognition as one of Poland's most important composers, and his music was widely respected for being at the vanguard of 20th century trends. His styles changed over the years, from the Bartók-influenced, folk-inflected Concerto for Orchestra, perhaps his most popular work, through serial compositions and aleatoric experiments, yet Lutoslawski was esteemed for the integrity and consistent high quality of his music, independent of techniques and academic fashions. While these performances vary in intensity and expressive sympathy in particular pieces, they are extraordinary for the sheer commitment to Lutoslawski's output, and they offer a consistent and competent approach to his work as a whole. In a set of this wide scope, the variables of venues, recording sessions, and the musicians' preparation contribute to the set's slightly uneven reproduction. However, students of the composer's music will be pleased to find all ten CDs gathered together in one sturdy box, which is a benefit greater than the minor flaws of some of the tracks.

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
20 Polish Christmas Carols
1 2:01
2 0:48
3 2:03
4 1:27
5 2:17
6 3:22
7 0:53
8 2:05
9 1:30
10 1:41
11 1:57
12 1:13
13 3:48
14 2:28
15 1:43
16 2:22
17 1:55
18 1:55
19 2:11
20 2:16
21 3:37
5 Songs
22 2:48
23 1:07
24 2:56
25 1:30
26 2:07
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