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listen  1. Lutoslawski: Symphony No.3Witold Lutoslawski30:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra - 1. Intrada: Allegro MaestosoWitold Rowicki 7:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra - 2. Capriccio notturno e Arioso: Vivace - Stesso movi- mentoWitold Rowicki 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra - 3. Passacaglia, Toccata e Corale: Andante con moto - Allegro giusto - Molto allegro - PrestoWitold Rowicki16:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Lutoslawski: Venetian Games for chamber orchestra - Movement IWitold Rowicki 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Lutoslawski: Venetian Games for chamber orchestra - Movement IIWitold Rowicki 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Lutoslawski: Venetian Games for chamber orchestra - Movement IIIWitold Rowicki 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Lutoslawski: Venetian Games for chamber orchestra - Movement IVWitold Rowicki 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Lutoslawski: Variations on a theme by Paganini for 2 pianosNelson Freire 5:10$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Lutoslawski: Cello ConcertoWitold Lutoslawski22:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes - 1. Allegro moltoWitold Lutoslawski0:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes - 2. AndantinoWitold Lutoslawski 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes - 3. Allegro giocosoWitold Lutoslawski 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes - 4. AndanteWitold Lutoslawski 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes - 5. Allegro molto - PrestoWitold Lutoslawski 1:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Lutoslawski: Concerto for Oboe, Harp, and Chamber Orchestra - 1. RapsodicoWitold Lutoslawski 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Lutoslawski: Concerto for Oboe, Harp, and Chamber Orchestra - 2. DolenteWitold Lutoslawski 6:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Lutoslawski: Concerto for Oboe, Harp, and Chamber Orchestra - 3. Marciale e grotescoWitold Lutoslawski 6:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Lutoslawski: Les Espaces du Sommeil for baritone and orchestraWitold Lutoslawski14:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Lutoslawski: Funeral Music (in memory of Béla Bartók) for string orchestra - PrologueWitold Rowicki 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Lutoslawski: Funeral Music (in memory of Béla Bartók) for string orchestra - MetamorphosesWitold Rowicki 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Lutoslawski: Funeral Music (in memory of Béla Bartók) for string orchestra - ApogéeWitold Rowicki0:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Lutoslawski: Funeral Music (in memory of Béla Bartók) for string orchestra - EpilogueWitold Rowicki 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire, Heinrich Schiff
  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the National Philharmonic Warsaw
  • Conductor: Witold Lutoslawski, Witold Rowicki
  • Composer: Witold Lutoslawski
  • Audio CD (January 11, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00002DDWR
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Just a pure artist with heart, ideas and musical invention, that's all.
Crt Sojar Voglar
Lutoslawski's music sounds to me like an early modern sensibility moving to incorporate more recent techniques.
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When you buy this double CD you will include it among your most estimated treasures.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Scott Spires on February 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I rank Lutoslawski as one of the 3 greatest composers of the past half-century (the others are Ligeti and Carter). His genius lies in his ability to write music that makes use of the most advanced modernist techniques, yet remains emotionally accessible and vividly dramatic.
This Philips duo is packed with excellent performances of great music. The 3rd Symphony (my single favorite work) is an amazing rollercoaster of a piece, marked by wild aleatoric episodes, fierce orchestral conflagrations, and a strong but very idiosyncratic sense of symphonic development. The Concerto for Orchestra is every bit the equal of Bartok's, while the Cello Concerto, with its starkly dramatized depiction of struggle between soloist and orchestra, is quite unlike any other concerto I've heard. There are other goodies here, including the wild "Venetian Games", one of Lutoslawski's most radical pieces.
As noted, the performances are generally excellent, and the composer is a first-class conductor of his own work. The liner notes are unfortunately skimpy. Still, at the 2-for-1 price, there's no reason not to get this. And if you respond to this music, there's plenty more: try Salonen's recordings on Sony, or the very fine (and cheap!) Lutoslawski series on Naxos.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Crt Sojar Voglar on August 19, 2004
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Witold Lutoslawski has rightfuly reached the position as one of the great masters of the 20th century music. His compositions are always presented with the composer's unique sense of beauty of tonal colour and pitch organisation which never turns out to be just pure mathematics. An artist should NOT be scientist or philosopher. Just a pure artist with heart, ideas and musical invention, that's all.

Even if Lutoslawski would not write anything else but the Concerto for orchestra, this magnificent, monumental work is one of the best orchestral works of the 20th century. Although many people describe the Concerto as the composition with Bartok influences, I do not find so many relations between these two works. Lutoslawski has such unique orchestral colour and is much more radical than Bartok.

The most radical works such as Venetian Games show the composer's taste for "sounding" but it is the weak point in his opus. It took Lutoslawski some time to rediscover himself. The Cello Concerto, Double Concerto and Third Symphony are excellent proof. Cello Concerto is a unique dialogue between soloist and orchestra, while Double Concerto is perhaps too "plural" to become a masterpiece and it lacks the certain stylistic point. Third Symphony is a true masterpiece and constantly surprises the listener with its ideas. The symphony also has a great organic development, good contrasts and modern beauty of melodies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 2002
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Lutoslawski is easily one of the best post-war composers I have yet to encounter. As other reviewers have commented, I did find it difficult to fully appreciate some of these works on the first listen. The entertaining and original "Variations on a Theme of Paganini" is probably the most accessible, but only vaguely hints at the drama and power of the later works. I was first drawn to the "Concerto for Orchestra", which, although mostly tonal, still provides ample evidence of Lutoslawski's originality.
The remaining works, except for the "Dance Preludes", are definitely written in a modern style, often using techniques such as chance, twelve tone rows, and microtones (or at least I'm pretty sure I hear them, at least in the Cello Concerto). The Cello Concerto contains an interesting series of events between soloist and orchestra, supposedly representing individual and society. Les Espaces du Sommeil is a setting of a 20th century French poem (inexplicably not included in the liner notes) that is vividly brought to life by Lutoslawski's music. The Oboe/Harp Concerto is another excellent work, which, like much of the music, I found somewhat dreamlike and having slightly Oriental flavor. Probably the most monumental work is the Symphony no. 3, which I found somewhat difficult to listen to at first, because the introduction is very jarring. However, after a sufficient number of listens, I found it to be excellent, and its brilliant finale is definitely not to be missed. I look forward to hearing more of Lutoslawski's music.
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