Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 3; Les espaces du sommeil

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COMPOSERS: Lutoslawski
LABELS: Philips
WORKS: Symphony No. 3; Les espaces du sommeil
PERFORMER: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)Berlin PO/Witold Lutoslawski
CATALOGUE NO: 416 387-2 DDD (1985/86)
For me, the concluding ten minutes of real drama in Lutoslawski’s Third aren’t matched by sufficient feeling of growth overall. The composer was rarely his own best interpreter; Salonen, on CBS, achieves greater urgency – and an even better recording – and the Los Angeles PO equals the BPO in brilliance. I prefer, too, Shirley-Quirk’s way with the surrealist mysteries of Desnos’s text in Salonen’s more atmospheric Les espaces to Fischer-Dieskau’s here. Those CBS performances are coupled with an excellent account of Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony. Keith Potter