The meticulously fashioned soundscapes of Ravel form the perfect musical backdrop to this final tribute to Lutosławski in the composer's centenary year. Les espaces du sommeil ('The Spaces of Sleep') is a mesmerising setting of a poem by French surrealist Robert Desnos in which Lutosławski imaged 'the singer is telling us about his dreams', while Chain 2 continues to explore the element of 'chance' that had been an important part of Lutosławski's music since the 1960s. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted the première recording of the Fourth Symphony, the crowning achievement of the composer's distinguished career, just three months before he passed away.
This series is supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, as part of Polska Music programme, and the Meyer Foundation
Symphony No. 4 audio samples taken from Witold Lutosławski: Opera Omina 02, recorded by Jacek Kaspszyk and the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra (ACD161). Additional audio samples made available through kind permission of Naxos Rights International Ltd
More concerts with Esa-Pekka Salonen:
May 30 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Esa-Pekka conducts The Rite of Spring in its centenary performance alongside Debussy's Prelude à l'après-midi d'un faune and Varèse's Amériques
Sep 26 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet at Royal Festival Hall