Pieces for voice and orchestra

As soon as the composer Witold Lutosławski reached the surrealistic poetry of Jean François Chabrun, aiming to set it to music, he became convinced that it will require something more than the classical form of a song cycle with orchestra. The peculiar and intricate character of these poems with the narrative plot barely outlined inspired Lutosławski to create a four-part composition for tenor, strings, harp, piano and percussion – Paroles tissées/ Woven Words. The piece was composed for the eminent British singer – Peter Pears who sang its world premiere in 1965. The instrumental cast was set precisely by the composer to match the singer’s fine timbre and the subtlety of the poetry itself. Karol Kozłowski will have the honour to sing Paroles tissées on the upcoming Witold Lutosławski Festival Chain XV on the 28th of January 2018. The concert will be held in the Concert Studio of the Polish Radio in Warsaw. The soloist will be accompanied by Chain Ensemble under the baton of Andrzej Bauer. The figure of Peter Pears links the oeuvre of Witold Lutosławski with that of Benjamin Britten’s – the singer was often the first performer of the latter’s compositions. On the 24th of February 2018 Karol Kozłowski, the hornist Krzysztof Tomczyk and AUKSO Chamber Orchestra conducted by Marek Moś will perform i. a. two orchestral song cycles composed by Benjamin Britten – Serenade Op. 31 for tenor, horn and strings written for Peter Pears and Les Illuminations Op. 18, that the British singer performed many times.