• Lutosławski Centenary Week in Poland

image_galleryI thought it might be of interest to show how Poland is celebrating Lutosławski’s centenary in its concerts over the coming seven days.  I’ve drawn my information mainly from the official Lutosławski Year website, 100/100 Lutosławski.  The site is now much more populated with events and information than it was when it was launched a month ago, so it’s well worth a visit.

Monday, 21 January 2013

The Łódż PO’s January with Lutosławski festival begins with a talk by the President of the Witold Lutosławski Society, Grzegorz Michalski.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

January with Lutosławski continues with events around the String Quartet and the composer’s approach to the psychology of listening.

Concert by the National Philharmonic CO, conducted by Jakub Chrenowicz: Lutosławski Preludes and Fugue, Panufnik Violin Concerto (Isabelle van Keulen) and Beethoven Grosse Fuge (orch. Weingartner)

Thursday, 24 January 2013

‘Sunspots’, a contemporary realisation of popular songs that Lutosławski wrote in 1957-63 under the pseudonym ‘Derwid’, by the composer and singer Agata Zubel and the cellist Andrzej Bauer, with electronics by Cezary Duchnowski and Ewa Guziołek-Tubelewicz.  This looks absolutely fascinating, and if I weren’t scheduled to be in Warsaw I’d certainly want to be at this concert and the post-concert discussion.

Chain X festival (24 January – 9 February)
Opening concert by AUKSO CO, conducted by Marek Moś: Lutosławski Funeral Music, ‘The Sea’ from Five Songs (Roksana Wardenga), Grave (Marcin Zdunik) and Paroles tissées (Marcel Beekman), plus poetry by Valéry, Michaux and Nowid (Maja Komorowska).
Streamed live at 18.30 GMT on http://www.worldconcerthall.com via Polish Radio Dwójka.

Concert by the Lutosławski Quartet of Wrocław with Garrick Ohlsson: Lutosławski String Quartet and Bartók Piano Quintet.

Friday, 25 January 2013 – Centenary Day

Concert by National SO of Polish Radio, conducted by Alexander Liebreich: Lutosławski Symphony no.4, Cello Concerto (Miklós Perényi) and Concerto for Orchestra.
Streamed live at 18.30 GMT on http://www.worldconcerthall.com via Polish Radio Dwójka.

A lunchtime discussion on the Cello Concerto between the cellists Tomasz Daroch and Andrzej Bauer and the conductor Joshua Dos Santos.
Evening concert: Gershwin Cuban Overture, Lutosławski Cello Concerto (Tomasz Daroch) and Brahms Symphony no.2.

Inaugural concert of Lutosławski Year
National PO, conducted by Antoni Wit: Szymański Sostenuto (premiere), Lutosławski Symphony no.3 and Partita-Interlude-Chain 2 (Anne-Sophie Mutter).

Concert by the Lutosławski PO of Wrocław, conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk: Lutosławski Fanfare for Louisville, Piano Concerto (Garrick Ohlsson), Stravinsky Firebird Suite and Ravel La Valse.  This concert will be repeated in Warsaw on Monday 28 January.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Concert by Silesian PO, conducted by Wojciech Michniewski: Lutosławski Funeral Music, Piano Concerto (Beata Bilińska) and Symphony no.3.

Concert by the Lublin PO: Lutosławski Partita-Interlude-Chain 2 (Krzysztof Jakowicz) and Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances, with post-concert reminiscences of Lutosławski by Jakowicz.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Concert by Polish Radio SO, conducted by Łukasz Borowicz: Lutosławski Little Suite (original version for chamber orchestra), Penderecki Piano Concerto (Florian Uhlig) and Stravinsky Symphony in C.  In all the flurry of Lutosławski activity, we mustn’t forget that 2013 marks the 80th anniversary of the births of Krzysztof Penderecki (23 November) and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (6 December).
Streamed live at 18.30 GMT on http://www.worldconcerthall.com via Polish Radio Dwójka.

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