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The great Polish composer Witold Lutosławski was an important conductor of his own highly expressive music.
This is Lutoslawski’s final appearance as a conductor of his own works before his death on 7th February, 1994.
With Chain 1 he developed a new compositional method linking contrasting musical ideas into a satisfying whole. Partita, Interlude and Chain 2 form an impressive trilogy. Chantefleurs et Chantefables is a luminous, bittersweet song cycle.
Canadian soprano Valdine Anderson has been acclaimed for performances ranging from Baroque to contemporary music. Fujiko Imajishi, concertmaster of the National Ballet of Canada and Esprit Orchestra, has enjoyed a long association with Toronto’s New Music Concerts.
Witold Lutoslawski: Partita (version for violin and orchestra)
I. Allegro giusto
II. Ad libitum
IV. Ad libitum
Witold Lutoslawski: Interlude
Witold Lutoslawski: Chain II
I. Ad libitum
II. A battuta
III. Ad libitum
IV. A battuta
Witold Lutoslawski: Chantefleurs et Chantefables
No. 1. La belle-de-nuit
No. 2. La sauterelle
No. 3. La veronique
No. 4. L'eglantine, l'aubepine et la glycine
No. 5. La tortue
No. 6. La rose
No. 7. L'alligator
No. 8. L'angelique
No. 9. Le papillon
Witold Lutoslawski: Chain I
28th October 2010
“The disc is worth its price for the performance of the Robert Desnos song-cycle Chantefleurs et Chantefables alone, a sequence of bejewelled miniatures, gorgeously sung by Valdine Anderson, whose apparently childlike simplicity belies the craft and subtlety of their settings.”
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