Composers / Witold Lutosławski / Places catalog


The destruction of Warsaw caused the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra (WOSPR) to be moved from the capital to Katowice, where it has remained till today (now known as the NOSPR). Consequently, Witold Lutosławski travelled to the Silesian city many times. It was here that listeners first heard his Symphony No. 1 and Five Songs to words by Kazimiera Iłłakowicz, both in the earlier version with piano and in the later version with orchestra, with Krystyna Szostek-Radkowa soloist both times. Quite a sensation was caused by the premiere of Musique funèbre, given in March 1958 by the WOSPR under Jan Krenz, who talked the composer into writing that work. The WOSPR was also the first orchestra to perform the Second Symphony in its entirety.

With the WOSPR in Katowice, Lutosławski matured as a symphonic conductor. In 1952, encouraged by Grzegorz Fitelberg, he recorded Haydn’s ‘Oxford’ Symphony and his own Symphonic Variationswith that orchestra for Polish Radio. From the sixties onwards, the Silesian musicians worked many times on successive Lutosławski works under his direction. Together they recorded a complete set of discs for EMI in 1976 (an extra technical sensation of that collaboration was the first use in Poland of a quadrophonic apparatus). It was also with the Katowice musicians that Lutosławski scrupulously prepared for the first performance of his Fourth Symphony in Los Angeles.

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
Łagów Other
Lancaster Appearances
La Rochelle Appearances
Leeds Appearances
Leipzig Education, Performance spaces, Publishers / Bookshops
Lisbon Appearances
Liverpool Appearances
Łomża Education
London Sinfonietta Performance spaces
Los Angeles Appearances
Louisville (Kentucky) Other
Lublin Appearances
Lucerne Other
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
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