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Lutosławski at 100: IV. Consolidating the Mature Style
Part Four of a Seven-Part Series Celebrating the Lutosławski Centenary
Monday, November 04, 2013
On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Q2 Music presents Lutosławski at 100 – 24 hours of music hosted by Nadia Sirota celebrating the centenary of Polish icon Witold Lutosławski. Curated by composer and Lutosławski scholar Steven Stucky, Lutosławski at 100 comprises seven one-hour episodes (beginning at 1 am, 9 am and 5 pm) tracing the life and creative evolution of one of Poland's legendary musical voices, as well as Lutosławski 101 – a one-hour primer (at 12 am, 8 am and 4 pm) with insights from noted Lutosławski conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Steven Stucky writes:
The 1960s and ’70s saw Lutosławski’s fame continue to grow. He was sought after for commissions from the likes of the Royal Philharmonic Society of London, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Aldeburgh Festival, Swedish Radio, the Chicago Symphony, baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, and many others.
As he became more and more active as a conductor around the world, his reputation as a master of the modern orchestra grew ever more secure — founded on a potent combination of visceral drama and arrestingly beautiful sound worlds all his own.
Lutosławski at 100: Part 4 features the following works: Trois poèmes d’Henri Michaux, Livre pour orchestre and Mi-parti.
* Part 1 * Early Works and World War II
* Part 2 * The Postwar Period
* Part 3 * Breakthrough to Modernism
* Part 4 * Consolidating the Mature Style
* Part 5 * Heroism and Dissent
* Part 6 * The Late Style
* Part 7 * Last Thoughts
Celebrating Poland: Lutosławski, Penderecki and New Music Now is supported, in part, by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of Polska Music programme, and is presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.