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LUTOSŁAWSKI, Witold (1913-1994)

COMPLETE PIANO MUSIC


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano
  • Virginia Rossetti, piano

Witold Lutosławski’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 Lutosławski’s works for solo piano ever recorded.

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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

Giorgio Koukl is a pianist/harpsichordist and composer. He studied in Prague at the state music school and conservatory before continuing his studies at both the conservatories of Zurich and Milan, where he took part in the masterclasses of Nikita Magalov, Jacques Février, and Stanislaus Neuhaus, and with Rudolf Firkušný, friend and advocate of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů. It was through Firkušný that Koukl first encountered Martinů’s music, eventually becoming one of the world’s leading interpreters of Martinů’s piano music. As a logical continuation of this work, Koukl has recorded the complete solo piano works of Paul Le Flem, a Breton composer who belonged to the Parisian circle of Martinů, Tcherepnin and Tansman, of Arthur Lourié, an important member of the “silver age” group of Russian composers, and of Vítězslava Kaprálová.
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.