WITOLD LUTOSLAWSKI (1913-1994): 5 Songs, The Avalanche, Not for You, 6 Children's Songs, Silver Windowpane and Other Songs for Children, 6 Children's Songs, 2 Children's Songs, 20 Polish Carols for Voice and Piano, The Holly and the Ivy.
Catalogue Number: 12Q048
Description: With one exception, these are all early works from the composer's neo-classical period (and when he had to write music he could sell). Even though he took 20 traditional Polish Christmas carol melodies and combined them with a piano part in a more contemporary spirit, the product is nothing to cause alarm today (like it did back in 1946). And the dozen or so children's songs are exquisitely crafted confections, witty, refined yet simple (they come from mostly 1947 and 1958). The Five Songs of 1957 are interesting for using children's poems with one of the first examples of Lutoslawski's mature harmonic language, based on the twelve-tone scale but not dodecaphonic. 2 CDs. No texts. Anna Radziejewska (mezzo), Mariusz Rutkowski (piano).