The Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra paid tribute to Witold Lutosławski on the 25th anniversary of his death with a concert on 10 October in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio.
Witold Lutosławski was born in 1913 on Moniuszki Street (next to the Philharmonic). A graduate of the Conservatory, he performed at secret concerts during occupation and took an active part in the reconstruction of musical life after the war, including the prestigious Warsaw Autumn festival. When he gained international fame, he hosted concerts of his pieces performed by the finest soloists. He died in Warsaw in 1994 and his body lies at the Powązki cemetery.
The program included Small Suite, where the composer created music based on folk motifs that still retained the highest artistic level, and the late Piano Concerto, which combined all of the elements of Lutosławski’s technique. The soloist, internationally-recognized Paweł Kowalski, was the first (after Krystian Zimerman) performer of the piece, which he presented under the composer’s baton in 1989. The program will also include Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird. The entire concert was conducted by Marek Wroniszewski.
10 October 2019 | 7 p.m.
Concert on the 25th Anniversary of Witold Lutosławski’s Death
Polish Radio Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio
For the full program, visit sinfoniaiuventus.pl.