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Lutosławski : Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 & Jeux vénitiens

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu

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What a curious and charming piece of work the First Symphony by Witold Lutosławski is! Written in 1947, it is still borrowing from Stravinski, Bartók, Prokofiev and clearly Roussel, and yet it display the composer's own personal ideas, and his flawless skill in orchestration. But he had not yet made the dodecaphonic style his own, nor the principle of randomness which would be found later in 1961's Jeux vénitiens (Venetian Games). In his case, randomness refers to musicians or groups of musicians having the freedom to play their different parts when they feel like it, or when the conductor gives them a cue. But for sure, this piece's formal framework is still constrained: every performance will shed a different light on it, but it is still the same work. The album finishes with the Fourth Symphony, the composer's last, written between 1988 and 1991, performed in 1993 with Lutosławski himself conducting before his death a few months later. In this work he makes a clear return to his harmonic and melodic ideas, which at times approach Mahler or Bartók, even though the discourse remains decidedly modern. The contrast between the First Symphony, Jeux vénitiens and the Fourth Symphony could not be more spectacular, and it gives a brilliant picture of the evolution of a musical genius who embraced a wide range of influences, constantly adapting them to his own style. © SM/Qobuz

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Symphony No. 1 (Witold Lutosławski)

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I. Allegro giusto 00:04:57

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Hannu Lintu, Conductor - Witold Lutosławski, Composer

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II. Poco adagio 00:09:39

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Hannu Lintu, Conductor - Witold Lutosławski, Composer

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III. Allegretto misterioso 00:04:35

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Hannu Lintu, Conductor - Witold Lutosławski, Composer

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IV. Allegro vivace 00:05:24

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Hannu Lintu, Conductor - Witold Lutosławski, Composer

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Jeux vénitiens (Witold Lutosławski)

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Pt. 1 00:02:24

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Hannu Lintu, Conductor - Witold Lutosławski, Composer

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Pt. 2 00:01:49

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Hannu Lintu, Conductor - Witold Lutosławski, Composer

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Pt. 3 00:03:11

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Hannu Lintu, Conductor - Witold Lutosławski, Composer

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Pt. 4 00:04:33

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Hannu Lintu, Conductor - Witold Lutosławski, Composer

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Symphony No. 4 (Witold Lutosławski)

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Symphony No. 4 00:20:31

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Hannu Lintu, Conductor - Witold Lutosławski, Composer

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What a curious and charming piece of work the First Symphony by Witold Lutosławski is! Written in 1947, it is still borrowing from Stravinski, Bartók, Prokofiev and clearly Roussel, and yet it display the composer's own personal ideas, and his flawless skill in orchestration. But he had not yet made the dodecaphonic style his own, nor the principle of randomness which would be found later in 1961's Jeux vénitiens (Venetian Games). In his case, randomness refers to musicians or groups of musicians having the freedom to play their different parts when they feel like it, or when the conductor gives them a cue. But for sure, this piece's formal framework is still constrained: every performance will shed a different light on it, but it is still the same work. The album finishes with the Fourth Symphony, the composer's last, written between 1988 and 1991, performed in 1993 with Lutosławski himself conducting before his death a few months later. In this work he makes a clear return to his harmonic and melodic ideas, which at times approach Mahler or Bartók, even though the discourse remains decidedly modern. The contrast between the First Symphony, Jeux vénitiens and the Fourth Symphony could not be more spectacular, and it gives a brilliant picture of the evolution of a musical genius who embraced a wide range of influences, constantly adapting them to his own style. © SM/Qobuz

Details of original recording : Recordings: Helsinki Music Centre, Finland, 26–27 March, 2018 (Symphony No.1); 28 May, 2018 (Jeux vénitiens); 19–21 December, 2017 (Symphony No.4)

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