To commemorate the 25th death anniversary of Witold Lutosławski, on February 1, 2019 at 7.00 p.m, the musicians of the Łódź Philharmonic will perform a concert devoted to this great composer.
The programme will include Concerto for orchestra – one of Lutosławski's most famous and most frequently performed works. In 1950, the composer received a commission for an extensive and virtuoso composition based on folk themes from Witold Rowicki, then the headof the Warsaw Philharmonic. Rowicki's wish was fulfilled in 1954. Lutosławski was inspired by Béla Bartók's Concerto for orchestra, but of course he draw on Polish folklore. He reached for Mazovian folk songs collected by Oskar Kolberg, which became a subject of far-reaching modifications and transformations. It made the piece acquire an individual, expressive character.
In addition, we will listen to the Three Pieces in Old Style by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, and – for the first time in Łódź – Concerto for flute and chamber orchestra by Krzysztof Penderecki, dedicated to the legendary flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal. The soloist of the evening will be Michael Martin Kofler, a graduate of the Music Academies in Vienna and Basel who is currently the main flutist in the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. The Łódź Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by the Philharmonic's Artistic Director Paweł Przytocki.