The Concerto for Orchestra...its exuberunt flamboyance...only Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony runs it close as a Soviet bloc masterwork from the early 1950s.
Chain 3 makes as strong a case for the new Lutoslawski as the Concerto does for the old: fresh in atmosphere, witty and eloquent in style, the final, dramatic dissolution of its oddly consonant climax chord retaining its power to disconcert.
The Third Symphony also has its disconcerting moments...but then...Lutoslawski rebuilds tension and textural richness to complete his complex design in a remarkably persuasive way.Arnold Whittall, Gramophone, 12/1/2010
Exciting performances of exciting music. Lutoslawski is a master of whipping up the orchestra, though in a tasteful, increasingly refined manner. His early Concerto for Orchestra is boldy neo-Bartokian, but full of memorable invention. The single-span Symphony No 3 derives much of its 'symphonic ' power from a bristling dialectic between the conceto's sort of traditional rhetoric and the new rhythmic and notational freedom Lutoslawski allows himself.Paul Driver, BBC Music Magazine, 12/1/2010
Completed in 1983, Symphony No 3 won the very first Grawemeyer award and is arguably his masterpiece, a brilliant rethinking of symphonic form that provides the perfect framework for [his] controlled aleatory techniques.Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 10/15/2010