Concert Overture in E major op.12
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Gautier Capuçon, cello
Alexander Liebreich, conductor
Under the direction of its Chief Conductor Alexander Liebreich, the National Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio (NOSPR) is the leading ensemble in the country and is one of Europe’s major radio orchestras. As cultural ambassadors with a rich tradition, the orchestra has made its mark through performances of Polish composers, as it is impressively seen on this CD that features works by Karol Szymanowski and Witold Lutoslawski. It is the final recording of a three-part cycle of works by these influential Polish composers.
The first two CDs were unanimously praised by international reviews. Next to the ecstatic Concert Overture in E major, Op. 12, an early work by Szymanowski, the NOSPR performs Lutosławski’s contemplative and yet excessive 4th Symphony, a work that the composer finished shortly before his death in 1994. Gautier Capuçon, one of the leading cellists of his generation, is the impressive soloist in the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, probably the most famous work of Lutosławski.
Best Collection – 2017
“This exceptional recording is distinguished by the powerful and expert conducting of Alexander Liebreich, the bold and perfect performance of Gautier Capuçon, and the colourful and intense sound of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Both Lutosławski performances are terrific and electrifying in a strikingly balanced, very spacious sound provided by Accentus.” ICMA jury statement
“Both Lutoslawski performances on this CD are terrific and electrifying. Alexander Liebreich proves an expert of this music and gets an incredible intensity from the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Gautier Capuçon’s playing is no less powerful and concentrated. The recording made in the new concert hall in Katowice is gorgeous. Due to a strikingly perfect balance and a spacious sound this is for sure one of the best concerto recordings I ever heard.” Remy Franck, Pizzicato