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Let us say from the outset: those who wish to become conversant with the composer's musical language ought to become particularly acquainted with these modest yet comprehensive, attractive sounding chapitres which form an interesting cycle. Here we have Lutosławski in a nutshell with all the elements we find in his orchestral works. Motifs and harmonies, approach to borrowed material, textural organisation, rhetoric gestures, not to mention large-scale formal structures and - mutatis mutandis - ideas for orchestration. By making several arrangements of the same material the composer himself placed emphasis on the interrelationship of solo, chamber and orchestral music: there exist orchestral versions not only of Grave and Partita but also Variations on a Theme by Paganini for piano, Dance Preludes for clarinet, Five Songs and Carols for voice and piano, whereas the Silesian Melodies and Bucolics featured on this recording are arrangements of works written for piano.

Translation: Anna Kaspszyk

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