Witold Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 3; Chantefleurs et Chantefables

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Hearing Witold Lutoslawski's "Third Symphony" for the first time, one cannot help but say "Yes. This is exactly how a postwar symphony should sound." Begun in 1972 and finished after several interruptions in 1983, the work is a four-movement-in-one symphony of tremendous cogency, incredible power, and overwhelming intensity. From its magnificent opening brass and tympani tattoo across its mighty orchestral peaks and valleys to its final glittering climax, Lutoslawski's "Third" is consistently impressive, always surprising, and wholly compelling. In this fantastic 1995 recording with Tadaaki Otaka leading the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the "Third" sounds every bit as...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Hearing Witold Lutoslawski's "Third Symphony" for the first time, one cannot help but say "Yes. This is exactly how a postwar symphony should sound." Begun in 1972 and finished after several interruptions in 1983, the work is a four-movement-in-one symphony of tremendous cogency, incredible power, and overwhelming intensity. From its magnificent opening brass and tympani tattoo across its mighty orchestral peaks and valleys to its final glittering climax, Lutoslawski's "Third" is consistently impressive, always surprising, and wholly compelling. In this fantastic 1995 recording with Tadaaki Otaka leading the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the "Third" sounds every bit as fine a work as it is. The Welsh orchestra plays with complete dedication and Otaka seems far beneath the skin of the music. Coupled with the world-premiere recording of Lutoslawski's beguiling song cycle "Chantefleurs et Chantefables" sung by Canadian soprano Valdine Anderson and accompanied by Otaka and the Welsh musicians, this disc deserves to be heard by every fan of postwar orchestral music, especially in BIS' crisp, deep, and very detailed sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/1996
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318590007433
  • Catalog Number: 743
  • Sales rank: 331,617

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–10 Symphony No.3 - BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Witold Lutoslawski (34:46)
  2. 11–19 Chantefleurs et Chantefables (Songflowers and songfables), for soprano & orchestra - Valdine Anderson & Witold Lutoslawski (19:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
BBC National Orchestra of Wales Primary Artist
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