Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra; Venetian Games; Livre pour orchestre; Mi-parti

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COMPOSERS: Lutoslawski
LABELS: EMI
WORKS: Concerto for Orchestra; Venetian Games; Livre pour orchestre; Mi-parti
PERFORMER: Polish National RSO/Witold Lutoslawski
CATALOGUE NO: CDM 5 65305 2 ADD (1978)
Lutoslawski was one of the great post-war masters of the orchestra, as composer and conductor. Here he conducts some of his key works from the Fifties to Seventies, all revealing his constant pursuit of new sounds, new ways of combining the instruments of the standard orchestra and explorations of novel formal devices, such as the epoch-making first foray into aleatorism in Venetian Games and its refinement in Livre pour orchestre. His own interpretations here remain definitive and need little further recommendation, providing a perfect first taste of the composer’s music. The sound is vivid. Matthew Rye

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