Thursday 7 Mar 2013, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Truls Mørk cello

Debussy La mer

Lutosławski Cello Concerto


Lutosławski Concerto for Orchestra

Our Lutosławski centenary celebrations continue with two major works of crucial importance. The virtuoso fast-reflexes of the Concerto for Orchestra form a blazing climax to his early period and mark a new fascination with Bartók and the musical potential of indigenous folksong, while the glorious Cello Concerto (1970), commissioned originally by the Royal Philharmonic Society which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, was composed during a time of great political unrest in Poland.

Throughout this series the music of Lutosławski is paired with that of Debussy and Ravel, both composers whom meant so much to Lutosławski; and whose delight in colour inspired him throughout his life. Debussy's principal aim in La mer was 'to create a mysterious harmony between nature and the imagination'; something that clearly had a vital impact on Lutosławski's own creative thinking.