Composers / Witold Lutosławski / Places catalog

London Sinfonietta

‘The words “London Sinfonietta” associate in my mind with two unforgettable experiences. The first was my first contact with the ensemble at the occasion of a gramophone recording of one of my pieces with Peter Pears as soloist. I was last September at Maltings Snape. The second was a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London this year, when I had the privilege of conducting the London Sinfonietta in a program of my works’ – wrote Lutosławski in February 1973 to The Times. His letter was in support of a campaign to save that brilliant ensemble, which found itself in serious financial difficulties.

At that time, in 1973, Michael Vyner became the ensemble’s artistic director. ‘He was the London Sinfonietta’s artistic director, responsible for programming, and at the same time a great enthusiast and devotee of contemporary music, which was the object of his great interest and efforts. And that was the orchestra which was the first to organise a concert of my works in London and subsequently invited me to conduct it many times’, said Lutosławski years later, explaining why he had chosen Vyner as the dedicatee of the work which the London Sinfonietta performed for the first time on 4 October 1983: Chain I. His enthusiasm for Lutosławski’s music must have been huge, given that no ensemble outside Poland had so many of his works in its repertoire: twenty-two in total.

Two years after the first performance of Chain I, the London Sinfonietta was again the first ensemble to perform a Lutosławski work: the new arrangement of the Carols. On 22 May 1993, the ensemble marked the Polish composer’s eightieth birthday with a concert at the Barbican Hall, in which Lutosławski appeared as conductor, listener and… actor. Besides the music, the event also had a visual accent, in the form of the film Witold Lutosławski in Conversation with Krzysztof Zanussi, which included footage of Lutosławski conducting Preludes and Fugue with the London Sinfonietta.

Place Category
Aix-en-Provence Appearances
Aldeburgh Appearances
Amsterdam Appearances
Århus Education
Aspen Appearances
Austin Other
Baranów Sandomierski Other
Basel Other
Basztowa Street Performance spaces
Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts Other
BBC Orchestra and other ensembles Appearances
Belfast Other
Berea Performance spaces
Berlin Appearances
Białystok Education
Boston Appearances
Brisbane Other
Budapest Other
Calgary Education, Other
Cambridge Other
Celle Publishers / Bookshops
Chicago Appearances
Cincinnati Other
Cleveland Appearances
Cologne Other
Copenhagen Appearances
Cracow Philharmonic Performance spaces
Dartington Education
Donaueschingen Other
Dresden Other
Drozdowo Flats
Düsseldorf Appearances
Edinburgh Other
Evian Appearances
Filmography Radio / TV
Florence Appearances
Geneva Appearances
Glasgow Other
Graz Other
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Hagen Other, Performance spaces
Hamburg Other
Hanover (New Hampshire) Other
Helsinki Education
Herkulessaal Appearances, Performance spaces
Houston Other
Huddersfield Appearances
Indianapolis Other
Jagiellonian University Education
Katowice Other
Kazimierz nad Wisłą Other
Komorów Flats
Lancaster Appearances
La Rochelle Appearances
Leeds Appearances
Leipzig Education, Performance spaces, Publishers / Bookshops
Lisbon Appearances
Liverpool Appearances
London Sinfonietta Performance spaces
Los Angeles Appearances
Louisville (Kentucky) Other
Lublin Appearances
Lucerne Other
Łagów Other
Łomża Education
Madrid Appearances
Manchester Appearances
Mikołajki Other
Milan Appearances
Montreal Appearances
Moscow Appearances
Munich Philharmonic Appearances, Performance spaces
New York Appearances
Odense Education, Performance spaces
Olsztyn Education
Opio (near Grasse) Flats
Oslo Other
Paris Appearances
Pittsburgh Appearances
Poznań Other
Prague Appearances
PWM EDITION Publishers / Bookshops
Riga Performance spaces
Rome Other
Rotterdam Appearances
Royal Albert Hall Appearances, Performance spaces
Royal Philharmonic Society Appearances
Saint Paul (Minnesota) Other
Salzburg Other
San Francisco Appearances
Strasbourg Appearances
Stawisko
Stockholm Appearances
Sydney Appearances
Szczecin Other
Tanglewood Education, Other
Tokyo Appearances
Toronto Education
Toruń Education
Venice Performance spaces
Vienna Performance spaces
Villars-sur-Ollon Other
Warsaw Appearances, Flats, Other, Performance spaces
Washington Appearances
Wawel Appearances
Wehr near Rheinfelden Other
Wrocław Other, Performance spaces
Wzdów Other
Zagreb Performance spaces
Zegrze Other
Zurich Performance spaces