• Lutosławski+ in Paris, 7.06.13

Just time to give advance notice that you can catch a performance of Lutosławski’s Third Symphony, live from the Salle Pleyel in Paris tonight (7 June, starting at 20.00hrs, local time).  It’s one of four pieces being played as part of IRCAM’s ‘ManiFeste 2013’ by the French Radio PO under Jukka-Pekka Saraste.  The other pieces are Dutilleux’s Métaboles and two world premieres: Carmine Emanuele Cella’s Reflets de l’ombre and Philippe Schoeller’s Songs from Esstal I, II et III.  It looks really interesting.

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Earlier this afternoon, Radio France put out an hour-long tribute to Lutosławski in Horizons chimériques (you can ‘listen again’ for the next month).  It managed to sample ten pieces, plus an excerpt from a radio interview that Lutosławski gave (in Polish) in 1980.  One of the pieces was the first movement of Haydn’s Symphony no.92, conducted by Lutosławski in 1952, plus other archive recordings of that period from the 2-CD set Witold Lutosławski in the Polish Radio (PRCD 181-182, 2004).  It’s a fascinating document, so if you ever come across it, snap it up.

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