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LUTOSLAWSKI, Witold (1913-1994)

COMPLETE PIANO MUSIC


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano
  • Virginia Rossetti, piano

Witold Lutoslawski’s few surviving apprentice works are suffused with the elegance of Ravel and the lush effusiveness of Szymanowski, and this is particularly true of the early Piano Sonata, heard here in Giorgio Koukl’s new and corrected edition based on the original manuscript. Further premières include the wistful A Kiss of Roxanne and the technically complex Invention. Including all of the folk-music tinted pedagogical miniatures, works for piano four hands and other occasional pieces, this is the most comprehensive edition of Lutoslawski’s works for solo piano ever recorded.

Tracklist

 
Piano Sonata (Paul Sacher Foundation manuscript) (1934) (00:30:00 )
1
I. Allegro * (00:12:59)
2
II. Adagio ma non troppo * (00:08:17)
3
III. Andante - Allegretto * (00:08:54)
 
Bukoliki (Bucolics) (1952) (00:06:00 )
4
I. Allegro vivace (00:01:13)
5
II. Allegretto sostenuto (00:01:10)
6
III. Allegro molto (00:00:47)
7
IV. Andantino (00:01:31)
8
V. Allegro marciale (00:01:26)
 
3 Pieces for the Young (1953) (00:05:00 )
9
No. 1. Four-finger excercise (00:00:57)
10
No. 2. An Air (00:01:47)
11
No. 3. March (00:01:38)
12
Pocałunek Roksany (A Kiss of Roxanne) () * (00:01:25)
13
Zimowy Walc (Winter Waltz) (pre-1954) * (00:02:52)
 
Melodie Ludowe (Folk Melodies) (1945) (00:12:00 )
14
No. 1. Ach mój Jasieńko (O, My Johnny) (00:00:31)
15
No. 2. Hej, od Krakowa jadę (Hey, I Come from Kraków) (00:00:43)
16
No. 3. Jest drożyna, jest (There is a path, there is) (00:00:50)
17
No. 4. Pastereczka (The Shepherd Girl) (00:00:57)
18
No. 5. Na jabłoni jabłko wisi (An Apple Hangs on the Apple-tree) (00:00:46)
19
No. 6. Od Sieradza płynie rzeka (A River Flows from Sieradz) (00:01:41)
20
No. 7. Panie Michale (Master Michael) (00:01:32)
21
No. 8. W polu lipeńka (The Lime-tree in the Field) (00:01:23)
22
No. 9. Zalotny (Flirting) (00:01:10)
23
No. 10. Gaik (The Grove) (00:00:33)
24
No. 11. Gąisor (The Gander) (00:00:50)
25
No. 12. Rektor (The Schoolmaster) (00:01:15)
 
2 Studies (1941) (00:04:00 )
26
No. 1. Allegro (00:02:13)
27
No. 2. Non troppo allegro (00:02:57)
28
Invention (undated, Paul Sacher Foundation manuscript) () * (00:01:14)
29
Invention (1968) (1968) (00:00:59)
30
Zasłyszana melodyjka (An Overheard Melody) (1957) (00:02:04)
31
Miniatura (original version for piano 4 hands, Paul Sacher Foundation manuscript) (1953) (00:02:09)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:08:43

The Artist(s)

Giorgio Koukl is a pianist/harpsichordist and composer. He was born in Prague in 1953, and studied there at the State Music School and Conservatory. He continued his studies at both the Conservatories of Zürich and Milan, where he took part in the masterclasses of Nikita Magaloff, Jacques Février, and Stanislaus Neuhaus, and with Rudolf Firkušný, friend and advocate of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů.
Virginia Rossetti Virginia Rossetti began her piano studies with Massimiliano Ferrati, later attending the ‘Antonio Buzzolla’ Conservatory in Adria where she graduated with honours. In May 2013 she obtained her Master of Performing Arts with distinction at the Hochschule für Musik in Basle with Filippo Gamba, and in 2014 at the Royal Flemish Conservatoire of Brussels with Aleksandar Madzar. She was recently awarded a Master in Pedagogy at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana in the class of Anna Kravtchenko. She has attended masterclasses with important teachers including Konstantin Bogino and Elisabeth Leonskaja, and at the Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Salzburg with Sergio Perticaroli. She is a prize winner of several national and international piano competitions including Third Prize at the Premio Venezia 2009, reserved for the best graduates under the patronage of the Republic’s President, and the Premio Marizza in Trieste. Since 2011 she has been the pianist of the Lunaire Piano Trio with whom she has recorded live on I Concerti del Quirinale for Rai Radio 3.

The Composer(s)

Witold Lutosławski Although Lutosławski studied the piano in parallel with composition at the Warsaw Conservatoire, he wrote surprisingly few works for solo piano. His earliest surviving piece, dating from 1934, is the Piano Sonata, which he later deemed to be ‘over-Romantic’ because of its indebtedness to the music of both Szymanowski and Ravel. Nevertheless, he retained enough affection for it to play it in public from time to time and it garnered critical praise for its contemplative mood and sincerity of expression, not least from Szymanowski.

Reviews

“magnificent rendering of the newly discovered Invention” – The Witold Lutoslawski Society Poland

International Piano

“The many miniatures are exquisite, including a quirky Bukoliki and two world premiere recordings; Virginia Rossetti joins Koukl’s collection now leads the field, ahead of Corinna Simon’s ‘complete’ disc.” – International Piano

“Giorgio Koukl, a pianist I admire nearly as much as the great Michael Korstick—both have fabulous articulation, a superb touch, and get to the emotional heart of the music they perform...” – The Art Music Lounge