Composers / Witold Lutosławski / Places catalog


Of the three Viennese Classics, Witold Lutosławski paid the least attention to Mozart. Yet it was to Wolfgang Amadeus that he devoted his first trip to Austria, since in January 1956 he was delegated to Salzburg for a festival organised on the bicentenary of Mozart’s birth. On his return home, Lutosławski described his impressions in the Przegląd Kulturalny, which from today’s perspective might seem rather strange: a 43-year-old composer, the most outstanding living Polish composer at that time, playing the part of a reviewer. Yet those were the first years of the political ‘thaw’, and every opportunity to get to know musical life on the other side of the Iron Curtain was worth its weight in gold.

Thirty-two years had to pass before Lutosławski returned to Salzburg, now in his usual role – invited to a summer festival as a composer and a conductor. Although the Salzburger Festspiele had approached him about commissioning an orchestral work in 1971, Lutosławski turned it down, anticipating that he would not be able to keep to the mooted deadline. So it was not until the summer of 1988 that perhaps his most impressive Austrian concert was held in Salzburg, in the year of his seventy-fifth birthday. The programme was really quite grand, with the participation of two star soloists. Krystian Zimerman gave the first performance of the Piano Concerto, which Lutosławski had written to commission for the Salzburger Festspiele, whilst Anne-Sophie Mutter played Chain II. Dialogue for violin and orchestra.

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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
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Brisbane Other
Budapest Other
Calgary Education, Other
Cambridge Other
Celle Publishers / Bookshops
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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
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Łomża Education
London Sinfonietta Performance spaces
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Lucerne Other
Madrid Appearances
Manchester Appearances
Mikołajki Other
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Moscow Appearances
Munich Philharmonic Appearances, Performance spaces
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Odense Education, Performance spaces
Olsztyn Education
Opio (near Grasse) Flats
Oslo Other
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Royal Philharmonic Society Appearances
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Salzburg Other
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Szczecin Other
Tanglewood Education, Other
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Toronto Education
Toruń Education
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Vienna Performance spaces
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Warsaw Appearances, Flats, Other, Performance spaces
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Wehr near Rheinfelden Other
Wrocław Other, Performance spaces
Wzdów Other
Zagreb Performance spaces
Zegrze Other
Zurich Performance spaces