Corinna Simon – Witold Lutoslawski: Complete Piano Works (2016) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

Corinna Simon – Witold Lutoslawski: Complete Piano Works (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:03:36 minutes | 522 MB | Genre: Classical
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Among all the solo piano works Lutoslawski must have composed up to the end of World War II, only the Sonata (1934) and the Two Etudes (1940/41) are still preserved today.

Lutoslawski was an excellent pianist, but after the war he only wrote a very small number of pieces for the instrument. They all pertain to his early post-war period, before he turned to twelve-tone pitch organization and aleatory technique.

What most impresses and thrills me in Lutoslawski’s piano output is his immense degree of creativity while heeding every detail with painstaking attention; his wonderful way of associating traditional forms with innovative, bold sonorities and structures, while managing to preserve a great degree of independence that makes this music sound effortless and lively.

Whereas Lutoslawski’s earliest compositions – the Sonata and the Two Etudes – are brimming with technical challenges for the pianist, the next pieces he wrote are cycles of brief miniatures in which he explores each note and each rest to attain a maximum degree of expression. (Excerpt from the liner notes by the soloist Corinna Simon)


Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994)
01. Bukoliki: I. Allegro Vivace
02. Bukoliki: II. Allegro sostenuto
03. Bukoliki: III. Allegro molto
04. Bukoliki: IV. Andantino
05. Bukoliki: V. Allegro marciale
06. Two Studies for Piano: I. Allegro
07. Two Studies for Piano: II. Non troppo allegro
08. Melodie Ludowe: I. Ach, mój Jasieńko
09. Melodie Ludowe: II. Hej, od Krakowa jadę
10. Melodie Ludowe: Iiii. Jest Drożyna, Jest
11. Melodie Ludowe: IV. Pastereczka
12. Melodie Ludowe: V. Na jabloni jablko wisi
13. Melodie Ludowe: VI. Od Sieradza plynie rzeka
14. Melodie Ludowe: VII. Panie Michale
15. Melodie Ludowe: VIII. W Polu Lipeńka
16. Melodie Ludowe: IX. Zalotny
17. Melodie Ludowe: X. Gaik
18. Melodie Ludowe: XI. Gąsior
19. Melodie Ludowe: XII. Rektor
20. 3 Utwory dia mlodzieźy: I. Czteropalcówka
21. 3 Utwory dia mlodzieźy: II. Melodia
22. 3 Utwory dia mlodzieźy: III. Marsz
23. Inwencja
24. Zaslyszana melodyjka
25. Sonata for Piano: I. Allegro
26. Sonata for Piano: II. Adagio ma non troppo
27. Sonata for Piano: III. Andante

Corinna Simon, piano