Henryk Górecki: Kleines Requiem für eine Polka, Op. 66
Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto #2 in A Major
Witold Lutosławski: Concerto for Orchestra
Rafał Blechacz, piano
National Orchestra of Belgium/Antoni Wit
Brussels, Centre for Fine Arts, 15 September 2011
Belgium may be finding it increasingly more difficult to preserve its national unity, yet some institutions in the country continue to remind us that a fruitful cooperation across language and other barriers is viable. The Belgian National Orchestra, for example, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and remains alive and kicking. Founded in 1936, the orchestra has acquired an excellent reputation over the years, guided by inspired conductors like André Cluytens (1958-67), Michael Gielen (1968-75), Mikko Franck (2002-07), and, since 2007, Walter Weller, interpreting the standard symphonic repertoire as well as championing new work.
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