Two musical orders meet in the programme of this album, both with reference to the most broadly conceived music history and to the universe of Krzysztof Penderecki’s output.
The fifth recording of our anthology has a specific layout whose undisputed centre of gravity is Symphony No. 3 with its central “E”.
Not that different to be interesting in terms of variety, not similar enough to be homogenous in terms of form.
While recording this magnificent music we felt a bit like the musicians of Haydn’s orchestra 250 years ago. We are also a young ensemble wishing to demonstrate its abilities, and the work on the symphonies gave us genuine pleasure.
The second, more song-like theme is intoned by the woodwinds, after which the triumphant Maestoso returns, and the whole is rounded up by daring orchestral effects performed at a dizzying pace.
Many performances of Lutosławski's music suffer from this deficiency. This recording is free of it.
The three symphonies on this recording were written over a period of 35 years and the careers of the three Czech composers were, to differing extents, related to Vienna.