℗ 2012 Chandos
 

Lutosławski: Orchestral Works Vol. 3: Symphony No. 2 - Grave - Cello Concerto - Mała suita

Paul Watkins, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner

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Mała suita  
1
I. Fujarka (Fife). Allegretto – Poco meno – Poco lento
Witold Lutosławski; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
2:43
2
II. Hurra polka (Hurrah Polka). vivace
Witold Lutosławski; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
1:33
3
III. Piosenka (Song). Andante molto sostenuto
Witold Lutosławski; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
2:50
4
IV. Taniec (Dance). Allegro molto – Poco più largo – Tempo I – Presto
Witold Lutosławski; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
3:07
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra  
5
Introduction -
Witold Lutosławski; Paul Watkins; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
4:14
6
Episodes -
Witold Lutosławski; Paul Watkins; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
7:34
7
Cantilena -
Witold Lutosławski; Paul Watkins; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
6:27
8
Finale
Witold Lutosławski; Paul Watkins; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
5:36
9
Grave (Metamorphoses for Cello and String Orchestra)
Witold Lutosławski; Paul Watkins; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
5:36
Symphony No. 2  
10
I. Hésitant -
Witold Lutosławski; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
14:30
11
II. Direct
Witold Lutosławski; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
15:19
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    69:29
"... a further triumph in a series that looks like it’s becoming the finest overview yet of the work one of the late 20th century’s most significant composers ..."
- Fanfare

"... if you fancy treating your mind to some seriously stimulating sounds this is a splendid journey on which to embark."
- MusicWeb International

"Four Stars ... (the Little Suite's) bracing colours receive a performance of fresh vitality here ... highly compelling ... the Cello Concerto receives a superbly concentrated performance here from soloist Paul Watkins ..."
- BBC Music Magazine

"... playing of real immediacy and finesse from a BBC Symphony that sounds as fully engaged in the lighter aspect of the composer’s music as in its more searching utterances. Thanks in part to the spacious and wide-ranging sound, these accounts are now the preferred options ..."
- International Record Review

This fourth volume in a series devoted to the music of the Polish composer Witold Lutosławski features cellist Paul Watkins, Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, described by Gramophone as a "veritable dream team." The highly dramatic Cello Concerto, starring Watkins, remains one of the most original works of recent times. In the large-scale orchestral work the Second Symphony, Lutosławski creates an atmosphere of tense anticipation in the opening stages, before drawing the listener into the ensuing, more purposefully developed music, which reaches a climactic explosion and resolution.
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