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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Performances of Mature Masterpieces, 6 Mar 2007
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N. E. M. Goulder (Saffron Walden, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Symphonies 3 & 4 / Les Espaces Du Sommeil (Audio CD)
It's been a privilege to me to have owned this CD for 12 years now. Lutoslawski spent many years refining his language before finding the voice that created these three timeless masterpieces. I don't care enormously for his earlier music, but by the time we reach his 3rd Symphony we are in direct line of succession from Mahler's great symphonic architecture. The tension in Salonen's performance of the 3rd builds impeccably, from the opening fusillades, through to the pitched percussion and flute fragments, into the intense fugato which drives the music to its first major climax. The second string fugato, introduced with wonderful precision pizzicato, fires through to brilliant dance-like music which surges only to lock the musicians in an aural whirlpool. From here the drama unfolds with heatfelt cantilena writing, into the vast epilogue, filling almost a third of the work. Finally the epic introduction to the coda leads to the spectacular, ecstatic explosion of light percussion which ultimately is flattened by the brass in a statement of heroic defiance.

I could write in a similar vein about the (aurally more beautiful but musically less colossal) 4th Symphony, while the contribution from John Shirley-Quirk in Les Espaces du Sommeil is characteristically distinguished. The 4th, with its marvellously atmospheric opening and its outrageously wonderful coda, is a great classic; it merits many more performances than it gets. This is one of the great CD's of 20th century music. You may well find the sound world a little intractable on first hearings, particularly the 3rd Symphony, but the debt to Mahler is unmistakeable. If you enjoy anything written by Alban Berg, this is a must.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The versions to have, 1 May 2011
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Stephen Barber "falconer" (Oxfordshire, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Symphonies 3 & 4 / Les Espaces Du Sommeil (Audio CD)
I have also had this CD since it came out and agree completely with the last reviewer excerpt that, curiously, I hear also something of Ravel too. Of the third symphony I can only add that this performance outclasses the composer's own. I heard the composer conduct the fourth in one of his last performances; Salonen's performance is at least as magical - it is an entrancing work with a performance to match.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional, 6 Nov 2011
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enthusiast "enthusiast" (sussex, uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Symphonies 3 & 4 / Les Espaces Du Sommeil (Audio CD)
These are razor sharp accounts of the last two of Lutoslawski's symphonies (plus Les Espaces Du Sommeil). Salonen is a real communicator. The two symphonies are very rewarding works of maturity - masterpieces, surely - that may at first seem a little obscure but open up to repeated hearings quite quickly. In addition, Salonen has a real talent for making sense of this music. I don't know about these versions being "the best" but this record is a huge bargain (the download is currently less than 3!!!) and contains some really compelling music making. And certainly Salonen's accounts are as good as you will ever hear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well reviewed, 29 Dec 2013
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Lance Edwards (derbyshire UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Symphonies 3 & 4 / Les Espaces Du Sommeil (Audio CD)
Bought this on the basis of reviews. On first hearing a little like Holmboe's sound world perhaps but need to listen much more than I have done so far.
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Symphonies 3 & 4 / Les Espaces Du Sommeil
Symphonies 3 & 4 / Les Espaces Du Sommeil by Lutoslawski^Shirley-Quirk^Salonen (Audio CD - 1994)
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