Michail Jurowski conducts LPO in Ligeti, Schnittke and Lutoslawski
For Alfred Schnittke, ‘incidental’ and ‘serious’ music were one and the same. When the composer began work on his First Symphony in 1969, he was also scoring the documentary film The World Today. As music for soundtrack and symphony drifted into one another, Schnittke emerged as a unique and vital symphonic voice for the coming multimedia age. Here was a composer who sampled before sampling was invented, and whose moving, emotion-filled and energy-charged symphonies reveal the paradoxes and parallels at the heart of modern life. The First Symphony remains a dramatic, almost supernatural live experience and is heard here alongside music of earthy realism and spirit by Witold Lutoslawski.
Generously supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music Grant programme.
- György Ligeti (1923-2006)
- Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
- Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994)
- Symphony No 1
- Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)