Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994) went through many changes in his career, but it was always in the service of his own style--which is, in the end, indescribable. This is an excellent disc that details some of the later transformations in Lutoslawski's thinking. The Symphony 4 (1992), which opens the disc, really highlights the composer's gift for melody, despite his atonal characterizations elsewhere. The work, while moving and dramatic, is extremely intense. Symphony 3 (1972-83) mixes tempos and interrupts moods constantly. Les Espaces du sommeil (1975) is a mixture of the concrete and abstract that creates an eerie, dreamlike scenario. This is one of Lutoslawski's masterpieces. --Paul Cook
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The 4th Symphony, Witold Lutoslawski’s final major work, is not only very beautiful, but it marks for me a return to the threshold the artist faced in the mid 1950s. At that time, Lutoslawski had just completed his Concerto for orchestra, a major post-1945 tonal composition which earned him some fame. As the title suggests, the Concerto is an extension of Bela Bartok’s famous work of the same name. It is obviously Eastern European in its roots, with folk music more permeating the compositional thinking than being a stylistic trait. It is also tonal and reasonably accessible. In the face of an assertive avant-garde musical culture which dominated this period, Lutoslawski after the Concerto transitioned into a personal adaptation of this avant-gardism. This personal adaptation was atonal with many aleatoric elements (performance that partly depends on chance). Although Lutoslawski, a major talent, bent this avant-garde language to his will and produced some impressive...
If you want one of the two Lutoslawski Symphonies (3 or 4) this is the CD to own. Lutoslawski and Salonen had a great relationship. I heard Lutoslawski conduct the 4th Symphony at Dorothy Chandler before the Disney Hall was built, and it changed my life. Salonen's performance of Symphony No. 3 is THE BEST PERFORMANCE YOU COULD EVER HOPE TO GET OF THIS SYMPHONY. I listen to the opening of the Symphony over and over; there if something comforting about it.
Lutoslawski is a great composer! In my book, he stands right up there with the best composers the world has ever known. If you love classical music, you will love his music. It is very inventive and stimulating, and it's about time the best orchestras are finally giving him his due. The performance on this disc is top-notch, and the conductor, Esa Pekka Salonen, is to be congratulated for bringing Lutoslawski's works to the attention of the music world. Thank you, Amazon, for making this disc available to us.
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