On February 7th – the 25th anniversary of the death of Witold Lutosławski and a day before the 110th anniversary of the death of Mieczysław Karłowicz – the NOSPR concert hall will resonate with the music of these two great Polish composers.
The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Antoni Wit will present Witold Lutosławski’s Novelette, a quasi-story with a touch of romantic humour. With Louis Lortie, an outstanding pianist, the NOSPR will play his Piano Concerto, which the composer dedicated to Krystian Zimerman. Lutosławski’s Piano Concerto combines folklore with romantic inspirations; hence, it is reminiscent of Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff, but also of Ravel and Bartók. On this night, we will also hear Mieczysław Karłowicz’s Symphony in E minor, “Rebirth,” not performed for a long time but in recent decades more and more frequently played in Polish concert halls. The Tchaikovsky and Wagner influences intertwine here with programmatic elements, pantheism, and dark timbre of the orchestra, so characteristic of the Young Poland movement and its aesthetics.