Sunday, 13 January 2013

Woven Words - Lutoslawski Centenary

The Philharmonia Orchestra and the Royal College of Music are presenting Woven Words a series of concerts and events celebrating Witold Lutoslawski's 100th birthday. The series opens on 30 January at the Royal Festival Hall with Krystian Zimerman performing Lutoslawki's Piano Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Also in the concert is Lutoslawki's Musique Funebre and Ravel's complete Daphnis and Chloe.

At the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 6 Feburary the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra perform Lutoslawki's Jeux Venitiens and the Symphony No. 3, which was commissioned by Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1972 and premiered by them in 1983. The programme is completed with Debussy's Nocturnes and Roussell's second suite from Bacchus et Ariane.

The Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen return on 7 March to perform Lutoslawki's iconic Cello Concerto (from 1970) with Tuls Mork with Lutoslawki's Concerto for Orchestra  and Debussy's La Mer Their final contribution is on 21 March with Lutoslawki's Symphony No.4, Les Espaces du sommeil (setting French surrealist poet Robert Denos) and Chain 2: Dialogue for Violin and Orchestra. The Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen are joined by violinist Jennifer Koh and baritone Matthias Goerne.

There is a chamber music series with concerts at the Purcell Room and the Royal College of Music plus pre-concert chamber music at the Royal Festival Hall. Works include Lutoslawki's String Quartet and a selection of his chamber music, alongside music by Szymanowski, Ligeti, Roussel, Chopin and Debussy, plus contemporary Polish Composers. On 16 March there is a day of talks at the Royal Festival Hall, led by Steven Stucky. And After the final concert on 21 March, there is a late-night event featuring contemporary Polish Music.

Further information along with an impressively extensive essays, programme notes, images and films from the Philharmonia's dedicated mini-site.

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