Witold Roman Lutosławski (Polish: [ˈvitɔld lutɔsˈwafski]; 25 January 1913 – 7 February 1994) was a Polish composer and orchestral conductor. He is one of the major European composers of the 20th century, and one of the preeminent Polish musicians during his last three decades. He earned many international awards and prizes. His compositions (of which he was a notable conductor) include four symphonies, a Concerto for Orchestra, a string quartet, instrumental works, concertos, and orchestral song cycles.

During his youth, Lutosławski studied piano and composition in Warsaw. His early works were influenced by Polish folk music. His style demonstrates a wide range of rich atmospheric textures. He began developing his own characteristic composition techniques in the late 1950s. His music from this period onwards incorporates his own methods of building harmonies from small groups of musical intervals. It also uses aleatoric processes, in which the rhythmic coordination of parts is subject to an element of chance.

During World War II, after escaping German capture, Lutosławski made a living by playing the piano in Warsaw bars. After the war, Stalinist authorities banned his First Symphony for being "formalist"—allegedly accessible only to an elite. Lutosławski believed such anti-formalism was an unjustified retrograde step, and he resolutely strove to maintain his artistic integrity. In the 1980s, Lutosławski gave artistic support to the Solidarity movement. Near the end of his life, he was awarded the Order of the White Eagle, Poland's highest honour.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Messiaen: Turangalila / Lutoslawski: Symphony no. 3 Messiaen, Lutosławski; Esa-Pekka Salonen 1
1987 Cello Concertos Lutosławski, Dutilleux; Mstislav Rostropovich, Orchestre de Paris, Baudo, Lutosławski 2
1987 Lutoslawski Conducts Lutoslawski (Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks) Witold Lutosławski 1
1989 Double Concertos Bruch, Lutosławski, Strauss 1
1989 W. Lutosławski, Volume 1 (Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw feat. conductor: Witold Rowicki) Witold Lutosławski 1
1991 String Quartet Witold Lutosławski; Kronos Quartet 1
1992 Lutosławski Conducts Lutosławski: Partita / Chain 2 / Chain 3 / Novelette Lutosławski; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Witold Lutosławski, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Phillip Moll 1
1992 Lutosławski: Grave / Webern: Three Little Pieces / Rachmaninov: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor Lutosławski, Webern, Rachmaninov; William Conway, Peter Evans 1
1992 Paderewski: Sonata, op. 13 / Szymanowski: Sonata, op. 9 / Lutosławski: Partita (1984) Paderewski, Szymanowski, Lutosławski; Robert Szreder, Boguslaw Jan Strobel 1
1992 Rachmaninov: Paganini Rhapsody / Lutoslawski: Paganini Variations / Shostakovich: Piano Concerto no. 1 Rachmaninov, Lutosławski, Shostakovich; Peter Jablonski, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1993 Concerto for Orchestra / Symphony No. 3 (Chicago Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Daniel Barenboim) Witold Lutosławski 1
1994 Symphonies nos. 3 & 4 / Les Espaces Du Sommeil Witold Lutosławski; Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen 1
1995 Berg: Lulu Suite / Lyric Suite / Strauss: Death and Transfiguration / Metamorphosen / Oboe Concert / Lutosławski: Double Concerto Berg, Strauss, Lutosławski; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Michael Gielen 1
1995 Lutosławski: Concerto for Orchestra / Elgar: Enigma-Variations Witold Lutosławski, Edward Elgar; Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, Rolf Kleinert 1
1996 Orchestral Works Vol. 2 (Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, feat. conductor Antoni Wit) Witold Lutosławski 1
1996 Symphony No. 4 / Violin Partita / Chain II / Funeral Music (Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Antoni Wit) Witold Lutosławski 1
1996 Szymanowski: Symphonies 2 & 3, Violin Concerto 2 / Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra Karol Szymanowski; Witold Lutosławski 1
1998 Orchestral Works, Volume 5: Concerto for Orchestra / Three Poems / Mi-Parti Witold Lutosławski; Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Antoni Wit, Camerata Silesia, Anna Szostak 2
1998 Cello Concerto / Livre Pour Orchestre / Novelette / Chain III (Polish National radio Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Antoni Wit) Witold Lutosławski 1
1998 Concertante Frank Martin, Witold Lutosławski, Jacques Ibert; Franz Liszt Kammerorchester Budapest, Zoltán Peskó, Margit-Anna Süß, Hansjörg Schellenberger 1
1999 Symphony No. 1 / Chantefleurs et Chantefables / Silesian Tryptych / Jeux Vénitiens Witold Lutosławski 1
1999 The Essential Lutosławski Witold Lutosławski 1
2001 Preludes and Fugues for 13 Solo Strings / Three Postludes / Fanfares (Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Antoni Wit) Witold Lutosławski 1
2001 Works for String Quartet Kurtág, Lutosławski, Gubaidulina; Arditti String Quartet 1
2002 Partita / Chain 2 / Piano Concerto Witold Lutosławski; Anne-Sophie Mutter, Krystian Zimerman 1
2003 Janáček: Sonate pour violon et piano / Lutosławski: Partita / Szymanowski: Mythes Janáček, Lutosławski, Szymanowski; Isabelle Faust, Ewa Kupiec 1
2003 Orchestral Works, Vol. 8 Witold Lutosławski; Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Antoni Wit 1
2006 Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra / Lutosławski: Concerto for Orchestra / Fanfare for Louisville Béla Bartók, Witold Lutosławski; Paavo Järvi, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 1
2008 Piano Music of Salonen, Stucky and Lutoslawski Salonen, Stucky, Lutosławski; Gloria Cheng 2
2008 Orchestral Music Lutosławski; Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Witold Lutosławski 1
2010 Orchestral Works: Concerto for Orchestra / Symphony no. 3 / Chain 3 Witold Lutosławski; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner 2
2011 Orchestral Works 2: Symphonic Variations / "Paganini" Variations / Piano Concerto / Symphony no. 4 Witold Lutosławski; Edward Gardner, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Louis Lortie 1
2012 Musique funèbre Witold Lutosławski, Béla Bartók; Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Dennis Russell Davies 1
2012 Orchestral Works 3: Symphony no. 2 / Grave / Cello Concerto / Mala suita Witold Lutosławski; Paul Watkins, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner 1
2013 Orchestral Works, Volume 4: Symphony no. 1 / Partita / Chain 2 / Preludia taneczne Witold Lutosławski; Michael Collins, Tasmin Little, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner 1
2014 Liszt, Brahms, Lutosławski: Paganini Variations / Rachmaninov: Paganini Rhapsody Liszt, Brahms, Lutosławski, Rachmaninov; Tzimon Barto, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach 1
2015 Piano Concerto / Symphony no. 2 Lutosławski; Krystian Zimerman, Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Chaîne 2 / Petite Suite / Musique funèbre / Jeux vénetiens (violin: Krzysztof Jakowicz, Filharmonia Pomorska feat. conductor: Takao Ukigaya) Witold Lutosławski 1
2004 Orchestral Works / Songs / String Quartet (Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Witold Lutosławski, Alban Berg Quartett) Witold Lutosławski 1
2005 Twenty Polish Christmas Carols / Lacrimosa / Five Songs (Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Antoni Wit) Witold Lutosławski 1
2008 BBC Music, Volume 16, Number 5: Concertos for Orchestra Bartók / Lutosławski 1
2011 Vocal Works: Chantefleurs et Chantefables / Les Espaces du sommeil / Paroles tissées / Sleep, sleep / Lacrimosa / Silesian Triptych Witold Lutosławski; Lucy Crowe, Toby Spence, Christopher Purves, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Edward Gardner 1
2013 The Symphonies Witold Lutosławski; Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen 2
Concerto for Orchestra Witold Lutosławski / Béla Bartók 1
String Quartets Lutosławski, Penderecki, Cage, Mayuzumi; Lasalle Quartet 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 Sibelius: Symphony no. 5 / Pohjola's Daughter / Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra Jean Sibelius, Witold Lutosławski; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste 1

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