Lutoslawski: Prelude and Fugue for 13 Solo Strings; Trois poèmes d’Henri Michaux; Paroles tissées; Postlude No. 1

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COMPOSERS: Lutoslawski
LABELS: EMI Matrix
WORKS: Prelude and Fugue for 13 Solo Strings; Trois poèmes d’Henri Michaux; Paroles tissées; Postlude No. 1
PERFORMER: Louis Devos (tenor); Krakow Radio Chorus, Polish National RSO, Polish CO/Witold Lutoslawski
CATALOGUE NO: CDM 5 65865 2 ADD (1976)
This is the third disc from EMI’s pioneering Seventies set of Lutoslawski’s music to reappear on its Matrix label (the others were reviewed in April 1994 and January 1995). The works here range from the dramatic, almost aphoristic Postlude No. 1 of 1958 to one of his longest pieces, the Preludes and Fugue for 13 Solo Strings of 1972, one of his most resourceful explorations of form and texture. In between come two major vocal works, the experimental choral Trois poèmes and the surrealist song cycle Paroles tissées (‘Woven Words’) originally composed for tenor Peter Pears. The performances here are definitive and the sound remains fresh. Matthew Rye

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