Thursday 21 Mar 2013, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Jennifer Koh violin

Matthias Goerne baritone

Ravel Suite, Ma mère l'oye

Lutosławski Symphony No. 4


Lutosławski Les espaces du sommeil

Lutosławski Chain 2: Dialogue for Violin and Orchestra

Ravel La valse

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 concert is part of the Woven Words: Lutosławski Centenary series