Lutoslawski Centenary Week



Celebrating the centenary of Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski. Presented by Penny Gore.

Lutoslawski, who's widely regarded as the greatest Polish composer of the twentieth century, was born in Warsaw 100 years ago this Friday. Afternoon on 3 celebrates his birthday with the BBC Symphony Orchestra playing a wide variety of his music, including all four of his Symphonies.

And the week begins with a live concert by the BBC Philharmonic from their home at MediaCity, Salford, presented by Adam Tomlinson. Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena conducts two pieces by Lutoslawski: the fanfare he wrote for Lancaster University in 1989, and his 1970s orchestral work Mi-Parti, which alternates passages written down with sections requiring improvisation from some players. Spanish colours flourish in Turina's symphonic poem La Procesion del Rocio, evoking a procession of the Virgin Mary in Andalusia, and his Danzas Gitanas (Gypsy Dances). And Spanish mezzo-soprano Clara Mouriz joins the orchestra for Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Songs of a Wayfarer.

After the concert, the afternoon continues with local flavours, Jiri Belohlavek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra welcome us back to London with Elgar's Cockaigne Overture, and Edward Gardner takes over the baton for a brand new recording of Lutoslawski's Symphony no. 1, started under Nazi occupation and finished after the end of the Second World War. The recording is part of Edward Gardner's latest CD with the BBC SO, to be released in March, which we'll be offering throughout the week in Afternoon on 3.

LIVE from MediaCity, Salford

BBC Philharmonic,

Juanjo Mena (conductor).

Lutoslawski: Fanfare for the University of Lancaster

Lutoslawski: Mi-Parti

Turina: La Procesión del Rocio, Op. 9

Mahler: Songs of a Wayfarer

with Clara Mouriz (mezzo-soprano)

Turina: 5 Danzas Gitanas (Gypsy Dances), Op. 55


Elgar: Cockaigne (in London Town) Overture

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek, conductor


Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 1

Edward Gardner, conductor

Our Thursday Opera Matinée picks up the Polish theme via the world of the Italian composer Italo Montemezzi and his drama in 3 acts 'L'amore dei tre re' ('The Love of Three Kings'), in a recent performance by Polish forces at Warsaw's Philharmonic Concert Hall.


Celebrating the centenary of Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski. Presented by Penny Gore.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra play music by Dvorak, Grieg, Ian Wilson and Lutoslawski, deeply rooted in folk music and local flavours.

We start with one of Grieg's best-loved pieces, Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt, the incidental music to Henrik Ibsen's 1867 play of the same name, conducted here by Pietari Inkinen. Then Michael Collins is the soloist in a brand-new recording of Lutoslawski's Dance Preludes, inspired by the music of northern Poland, before we head south to Bohemia for Dvorak's Cello Concerto, with soloist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker.

The Ulster Orchestra feature in two performances given in Belfast late last year: Lutoslawski's Musique funebre, written in memory of Bela Bartok, and Ian Wilson's piece for orchestra, solo piano and flute band, called Flags and Emblems. The composer himself conducts, and the orchestra is joined by the Ballygowan Flute Band.

And finally today, Lutoslawski's Second Symphony, with Edward Gardner conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Grieg: Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, Op 46

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

Pietari Inkinen (conductor).


Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes

Michael Collins (clarinet),

Dvorak: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 104

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (cello),

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor).


Lutoslawski: Musique funebre

Ulster Orchestra,

Ian Wilson (conductor)

Ian Wilson: Flags and Emblems

Matthew Schellhorn (piano),

Ballygowan Flute Band,


Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 2

Edward Gardner (conductor).


Continuing Afternoon on 3's celebrations of the centenary of Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski. Penny Gore presents the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner in a brand-new recording of his 'Chain 2' for solo violin and orchestra, an innovative format consisting of two independent strands which begin and end at different times but are 'linked', hence the title. The soloist is Tasmin Little. Also Lutoslawski's Symphony No. 3, in which some musicians of the orchestra are asked to play sections in their own time, independently from the rest. Between the two Lutoslawski works is Richard Strauss's Burleske for Piano and Orchestra, a sin of his youth, written when he was 21. Jiri Belohlavek conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra with recent Radio 3 New Generation Artist Francesco Piemontesi as soloist.

Lutoslawski: Chain 2

Tasmin Little (violin),

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

Edward Gardner (conductor).


Richard Strauss: Burleske for Piano and Orchestra

Francesco Piemontesi (piano),

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor).


Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 3

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Penny Gore and the BBC Symphony Orchestra round off this Afternoon on 3 week celebrating the centenary of Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, who was born 100 years ago today. The programme begins with a brand-new recording of his Partita for violin and orchestra, with soloist Tasmin Little; followed by Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, recorded just last week under Giancarlo Guerrero. The theme of nature continues with soprano Lucy Crowe singing Lutoslawski's song cycle Chantefleurs et Chantefables (Songflowers and Songfables), a gentle evocation of flowers and animals. From songs to ballet, as Rumon Gamba conducts the BBC SO in Prokofiev's On the Dnieper, commissioned by the Paris Opera in 1930. And we end with Lutoslawski's last major orchestral work, the Fourth Symphony: he finished in 1992, less than two years before his death, and conducted the premiere himself in Los Angeles in 1993.

Lutoslawski: Partita

Tasmin Little (violin),

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

Edward Gardner (conductor).


Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 (Pastoral)

Giancarlo Guerrero (conductor).


Lutoslawski: Chantefleurs et chantefables

Lucy Crowe (soprano),


Prokofiev: On the Dnieper (Na Denepre), Op. 51

Rumon Gamba (conductor).


Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 4