JULIUSZ LUCIUK (b.1927): Concertino for Piano and Orchestra (Regina Smendzianka [piano], Polish Radio and TV Orchestra, Warsaw; Jan Pruszak), Double Bass Concerto (Marek Kalinowski [double bass], Polish Radio and TV Orchestra, Katowice; Szymon Kawalla).
Catalogue Number: 03L096
Label: Acte Préalable
Description: The Concertino belies its brevity in its emotionally charged seriousness of expression. By the 1970s, when the work was written, the composer (who had always kept abreast of the most modern trends) had adopted a style most akin to neo-romanticism. The work is a good deal less modern in technique than Lutoslawski (who is recalled at times), let alone Penderecki (at least the 1960s avant-garde icon). Harmonically, one is more likely to think of Busoni. Luciuk has an individual voice, especially apparent in the serious, large-scale and relatively unusual concertante pairing of double bass and orchestra (1986). This work is also post-romantically tonally based, with a wide-ranging and active solo part with an exceptionally wide tessitura, and a constant sense of melody. The first movement is dramatic and discursive; the second a lyrical interlude of somewhat pastoral quality, while the optimistic finale is energetic and dance-like.