Lutosławski, Seiber & Blake: Clarinet Concertos

Lutosławski, Seiber & Blake: Clarinet Concertos

Dame Thea King (clarinet), English Chamber Orchestra


In the years immediately following the end of the Second World War, Poland’s musicians and film-makers suddenly blossomed in a remarkable resurgence of artistic independence. But the Communist regime demanded music that was ‘accessible’ and folkloristic, requirements that many Polish composers, Witold Lutoslawski prominent among them, found restrictive, though they managed to conform without compromising their principles. The Dance Preludes are a product of that difficult period and they remain one of Lutoslawski’s most popular works.

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