Lutoslawski in China

Volker Hartung had the honor to perform the great music of Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski with the Zheijang Symphony Orchestra in Huangzhou, China on May 9, 2014.

In his Five Songs (1956–57) and Muzyka żałobna, his »Funeral Music« for strings (1954-58) Lutosławski introduced his own brand of twelve-tone music, marking his departure from the explicit use of folk music.
Lutosławski's twelve-note techniques were completely different in conception from Arnold Schoenberg's tone-row system although Muzyka żałobna does happen to be based on a tone row.

Witold Lutosławski remains that rare composer with a distinctly defined, individual style in his works, despite differences in his various periods and constant development of his musical language. He found his path among aesthetic crossroads of the 20th century's second half, and pursued it with determination and a refined, evolving artistic sensibility.

For Maestro Hartung he, like no other composer of his time succeeded in finding a synthesis of form and content, intellect and emotion. He belonged to no "school" of composition, did not succumb to trends and fashions. While not upholding traditions or joining avantgarde revolutions, he was both avantgarde and traditional and holds an enduring place among the 20th century's great composers.

And so Hartung puts his »Funeral Music« in this concert at the side of Anton Bruckner, who seems congenial to Lutoslawski's aesthetic sensibility and spiritual attitude of his work.


Volker Hartung conducts on May 9, 2014, the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra in Hangzhou, China with a program of works by European composers.


Europe - a continent of turmoil before and after the historical fact of three murderous wars , mirrored in the music of three composers from three different eras and countries of origin, the German Bach 's son Johann Christian Bach , whose Concerto for Double Bass and String Orchestra is played by the Chinese soloists Xu Li.
At the beginning the famous " Funeral Music for Strings ,"by Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski in memory of Bela Bartók , which was created in 1954.

The second half of the concert is devoted to one of the greatest works of the Austrian composer Anton Bruckner, whose mighty 4th Symphony in E Flat Major will be heard.


Funeral Music for String Orchestra

Johann Christian Bach
Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra in C Minor
Soloist: Xu Li, Bass

Symphony No.4 in E-flat Major " Romantic "


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