Witold Lutosławksi

‘Cello Concerto (1970). Written for and dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich. This is an extraordinary composition: the magnificence of musical sound imbued with organization, tension, and beauty, built with clarity of architecture and compelling attention to form. Utterly and sublimely amazing, and deeply impressing.

Witold Lutosławski (Courtesy: www.usc.edu)

Witold Lutosławski (Courtesy: http://www.usc.edu)

Symphony 3 (1983). Came to this symphony by way of Alex Ross’s article on Polish music. The music is quite remarkable. At points it sounds like crazed Shostakovich, or Mahler pushed into the abyss; Stravinsky released from Russia; ending as if it were Sibelius after the enigma that closes the seventh symphony. Not only, according to Joseph Brodsky, has Poland produced the finest poetry of the last century, but also, according to Ross, some of the century’s finest music as well.

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