Title - 'Lutoslawski: Piano Concerto; Symphony No.2'
Artist - Krystian Zimerman & Sir Simon Rattle
For those not in the classical know, Krystian Zimerman is a Polish classical pianist who has been hailed as one of the finest living pianists. Zimerman was born in Zabrze, Poland, and studied at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice under Andrzej Jasiñski. His career was launched when he won the 1975 Warsaw International Chopin Piano Competition.
He performed with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Herbert von Karajan in 1976 and he made his debut in the United States with the New York Philharmonic in 1979. He has toured widely and made a number of recordings. Since 1996 he has taught piano at the Academy of Music in Basel, Switzerland and in 1999, Zimerman created the Polish Festival Orchestra to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Chopin's death.
Zimerman's duo partner here on Lutoslawski: Piano Concerto; Symphony No.2 is Sir Simon Denis Rattle, OM CBE, an English conductor. He rose to international prominence during the 1980s and 1990s, while Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (1980-1998). He has been principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic since 2002, and plans to leave his position at the end of his current contract, in 2018. It was announced in March 2015 that Rattle would become Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra from September 2017.
Lutoslawski: Piano Concerto; Symphony No.2 continues the successful collaboration of Krystian Zimerman and Sir Simon Rattle; for their DG recording of Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Berliner Philharmoniker they received the German Record Critics' Award. Lutoslawski: Piano Concerto was completed in 1988 and is dedicated to Krystian Zimerman, who also first introduced it to Salzburg audiences in the same year, in 1992 DG released a first version of the concerto with Lutoslawski as conductor and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
1. Dotted crotchet = ca. 110
2. Presto Poco meno mosso Lento
3. Quaver = ca. 85 Largo
4. Crotchet = ca. 84 Presto
The piece features extremely virtuosic demands, its dense pianistic gestures at times recall the piano concertos of Bartók and Prokofiev.Both the Piano Concerto and the Symphony No. 2 are inspired by the music of John Cage.
The Symphony No. 2, created with techniques of limited aleatoricism (Lutoslawski) fascinates with its orchestral surfaces that offer an insight into their creators ability to organize sounds in a very precise way and their iridescent and colorful vitality. The Second Symphony received its first complete performance in Katowice on 9 June 1967, when the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra was conducted by the composer.