Maurice Ravel: Ma mère l'oye (Mother Goose) Suite
Witold Lutosławski: Symphony No.4
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Witold Lutosławski: Les espaces du sommeil (Spaces of sleep) for baritone & orchestra
Witold Lutosławski: Chain 2 - dialogue for violin & orchestra
Maurice Ravel: La valse

Salonen conducts the final concert in the Lutoslawski series which includes his Symphony No.4, alongside works by Ravel. The concert also features soloists Jennifer Koh and Matthias Goerne.

The meticulously fashioned soundscapes of Ravel form the perfect musical backdrop to this final tribute to Lutoslawski in his centenary year.

Les espaces du sommeil ('The Spaces of sleep') is a mesmerising setting of a poem by French surrealist Robert Desnos in which Lutoslawski imagined '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 Lutoslawski's music since the 1960s.
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted the premiere recording of the Fourth Symphony, the crowning achievement of the composer's distinguished career, just three months before the composer passed away.

Royal Festival Hall at 6pm - Pre-concert chamber music. A concert by two Polish avant-garde cello groups Cellonet and Cellotronicum perform music by contemporary young Polish composers involved in the Cellotronicum Project, arranged in liaison with the Mickiewicz Foundation. Free.

The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall post-concert - A special late-night event featuring contemporary Polish music group El Derwid 'Sunspots', using voice, cello, piano and computers to interpret contemporary Polish songs and music influenced by Lutoslawski and his contemporaries. Free.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Jennifer Koh violin
Matthias Goerne baritone

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