Claude Debussy: La mer
Witold Lutosławski: Cello Concerto
Witold Lutosławski: Concerto for Orchestra

Continuing the Lutoslawski anniversary celebrations Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Concerto for Orchestra and Cello Concerto alongside Debussy's La Mer.

Our Lutoslawski centenary celebrations continue with two major works of crucial importance. The virtuoso fast-reflexes of the Concerto for Orchestra form a blazing climax to his early period and mark a new fascination with Bartók and the musical potential of indigenous folksong, while the glorious Cello Concerto (1970), commissioned originally by the Royal Philharmonic Society, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, was composed during a time of great political unrest in Poland.

Debussy's principal aim in La Mer was 'to create a mysterious harmony between nature and the imagination', something that clearly had a vital impact on Lutoslawski's own creative thinking.

Royal Festival Hall at 6pm - Free event - Polish chamber ensemble Kwartludium perform music by contemporary Polish composers.
Witold Lutoslawski - Subito for violin & piano
Impressions on Lutoslawski's Subito arr. Kwartludium
Slawomir Wojciechowski - Rope of sands
Wojciech Ziemovit Zych - Ever present longing for violin, bass clarinet, percussion & piano
Dariusz Przybylski - Medeas Träume for violin, bass clarinet, percussion & piano


Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Truls Mørk cello

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