They are powerful, virtuoso and elegant: Witold Lutosławski’s works prove most attractively that music from the late 20th century can offer more than just cerebral pleasure. It would be hard to imagine a group of artists more suitable for a recording of Lutosławski’s only Piano Concerto and his Second Symphony than those gathered here: the pianist Krystian Zimerman, who premiered the Piano Concerto – which was dedicated to him – at the Salzburg Festival in 1988; the Berliner Philharmoniker, which has worked together with Lutosławski on many occasions; and Sir Simon Rattle, who has been an advocate of the Polish composer more than almost any other conductor. Rattle and Zimerman are also recipients of the Centenary Medal conferred by the Lutosławski Society, and both artists knew the composer personally.
Sir Simon Rattle Conductor
Krystian Zimerman Piano
Symphony No. 2
Recordings from September 2013, Philharmonie Berlin