Witold Lutosławski, Grażyna Bacewicz, and Aleksander Tansman are among the names of the greatest composers of the 20th century. Their fame, achievements, awards, and international recognition, rightly reminded of us on many occasions, should find their embodiment in strong, mighty, and classical works. And yet, each of them, probably looking for an escape into peace, lightness and innocence, eagerly used the composer's possibilities by the composition of the string orchestra. Although each in their own way.
Lutosławski is a great jeweler and chisel maker – a cool but reliable master. (...) Little suite by the same author is a masterpiece of folkloristic stylization, enjoying well-deserved recognition and popularity – as Stefan Kisielewski noted (and he was invariably right). Lutosławski himself qualified it as "applied music", that is, available to everyone who wants to learn music, perform it or listen to it for pure enjoyment.
Kisielewski did not fail to review the Concerto for String Orchestra: With a clear conscience, it can be said that a woman – Grażyna Bacewicz saved the honour of Polish composers this time. Probably the inborn class did not allow Kisielewski to say why the reputation had previously been threatened. We finally felt a massive piece of healthy and tasty music, written with creative potential – genuinely masculine.
Tansman's divertimento escaped the sharp pen of Kisielewski, but we will quote the composer himself. For me, the avant-garde becomes interesting only when it grows out of it. When once asked how he recognizes an outstanding work of art, Albert Einstein replied: the value of a work of art is what remains when we discard topicality. Perhaps this sentence will be the best key to the concert to which we cordially invite you.
LUTOSŁAWSKI I BACEWICZ I TANSMAN