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listen  6. Double Concerto for Oboe and Harp: RapsodicoArkadiusz Krupa 5:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Double Concerto for Oboe and Harp: DolenteArkadiusz Krupa 6:54$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Chain 1: Chain I for 14 PerformersRafal Kwiatkowski 9:21Album Only
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listen12. 2 Children's Songs: About Mr TralalinskiUrszula Kryger 2:29$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. 6 Children's Songs: DanceUrszula Kryger0:59$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. 6 Children's Songs: The Four SeasonsUrszula Kryger 2:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. 6 Children's Songs: KittenUrszula Kryger 1:45$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. 6 Children's Songs: Grzes is going through the villageUrszula Kryger 1:36$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. 6 Children's Songs: A BrookUrszula Kryger 2:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
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  • Performer: Zbigniew Kaleta, Arkadiusz Krupa, Urszula Kryger
  • Orchestra: Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Composer: Witold Lutoslawski
  • Audio CD (September 23, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000ACY0N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,569 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 14, 2003
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The title refers to Witold Lutoslawski's differing styles contained on the CD. He started as a fairly conservative composer--e.g. his Concerto for Orchestra, Paganini Variations for Two Pianos--but then became more and more radical as time went on. What is amazing is that no matter the style Lutoslawski (1913-1994) always sounds like Lutoslawski. There is an impeccable craft--even in those pieces where there is an aleatoric element--and, underlying all, a sort of wittiness that I've always found attractive.
The first piece, 'Dance Preludes for Clarinet and Orchestra,' was originally for clarinet and piano, but he reworked it a few years later for clarinet and orchestra. There is a third version for wind quintet and solo strings. It's the clarinet and orchestra version recorded here, a little suite of five folk-derived movements totaling less than ten minutes. Soloist Zbigniew Kaleta does a terrific job of underlining the folkdance element, and indeed he keeps the whole thing dancing.
The 'Double Concerto for Oboe, Harp, and Orchestra' was commissioned by Paul Sacher, that wealthy Swiss conductor who was a veritable Maecenas of new works. It was written for the master of 'the cranky oboe' (Andrew Adler's phrase), Heinz Holliger, and his wife, harpist Ursula Holliger. This is not a concerto for equals; the harp part is clearly an obbligato instrument here, a Sancho Panza to the oboe's Quixote--it's really the oboist's show. Full of incident--and of extended technique for the oboist who occasionally uses, among other things, bent tones and multiphonics--the three movements have headlong forward movement, even in the 'dolente' middle movement which leads directly into the third, a march for oboe and xylophone that then recalls the opening buzzing of the strings heard in the first movement.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Personne VINE VOICE on December 27, 2006
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Naxos continues to impress me with this fine CD. As with the others in the series, the CD contains pieces from across Lutoslawski's life. The so-called 'folk-music' period is represented by a fine reading of Dance Preludes (certainly not under-represented on CD--I have at least three recordings) as well as two cycles of songs for children. Lutoslawski's sureness of line and illustrative orchestration are well in evidence here. Sadly, works of this vintage are often the only work of this composer that many people know. It's a sound-world not much different from Martinu or early Bartok. It's a world that Lutoslawski forcefully abandonded by midlife.

"Chain 1" is the first of the Chain series where Lutoslawski began working with interwoven melodies. It's a curious fish that points (let's mix metaphors here) both forward and back. For the most part, it has a clarity that was not always obvious in work of the preceding decade. At the same time, there's a "climax by accumulation", which was a key aspect of mid-period works like "Livres". It's not entirely convincing, but is seldom repeated in works to follow.

"Grave" combines solo cello and string orchestra in an intensely lyrical six minutes. Few composers in recent memory could write so effectively for strings.

But the keystone of the CD is the "Double Concerto" for Oboe, Harp and Chamber Orchestra. This is among the most accessible of Lutoslawski's mature works. This performance is one of several available recordings, and acquits itself well. The brief first movement begins with an aleatoric swarm of strings, an effect that repeats a few times with diminishing intensity.
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This Naxos CD with three Lutoslawski pieces was part of the label's survey of the Polish composer's orchestral works, the various separate releases eventually being gathered in one box set. As always, Antoni Wit leads the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

"Chain 1" (1983), the Double Concerto for Oboe, Harp and Chamber Orchestra (1979-1980) and "Grave" (1981/1982) have a soundworld very comparable to the Symphony No. 3 of around the same time, widely considered Lutoslawski's masterpiece. The composer employs his celebrated technique of limited aleatorism, where the pitches are precisely notated, but the conductor does not signal the beat ("ad libitum"), resulting in a bubbly texture that could not be achieved in other means. However, this technique is beginning to be reduced, and the composer hints at a more traditional Late Romantic idiom, which would slowly consume his music over the course of the Eighties with disastrous results. With at least a couple of these pieces, however, Lutoslawski still had it.

The Double Concerto is in three movements, "Rapsodico – Appassionato", "Dolente" and "Marciale e grotesco". The first movement is essentially fast and "complex". The second movement opens with pizzicato strings ad libitum, which are soon replaced by the oboe offering a poignant melody, and a calm and poignant mood sets in. The last movement is indeed a march, but its "grotesque" character appears in only one portion, alternating with more conventional writing (this perhaps only emphasises its grotesqueness). The piece goes out with a highly virtuosic coda.
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