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Witold Lutosławski

Publisher: Chester Music

Les Espaces du sommeil (1975)
Work Notes
Chester Music is the publisher of this work in all territories except Poland, Albania, Bulgaria, China, countries of the former Czechoslovakia, Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam, Romania, Hungary and the whole territory of the former USSR, where the copyright is held by Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne (PWM).
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd (Polish Works)
Category
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
1975
Duration
15 Minutes
Soloist
baritone


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Witold Lutosławski Les Espaces du sommeil (1975)
In December 1974 in Warsaw, after a recital which he had given with Sviatoslav Richter, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau asked me if I had ever composed anything for baritone. I have always been an admirer of his and the prospect of hearing my music performed by that outstanding artist was a tremendous stimulus to me. I put aside all other work and devoted nearly the whole of 1975 to composing LES ESPACES DU SOMMEIL, the text being the poem by Robert Desnos.

The first performance took place in Berlin on 12 April 1978 when I conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the soloist was Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, to whom the work is dedicated.

© Witold Lutoslawski

  • Ensemble
    Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Polish National Philharmonic Orchestra / Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Polish National Radio Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    H. Schiff, celloM. Argerich, piano / N. Freire, pianoD. Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
    Conductor
    Witold lutoslawski / W. Rowicki / W. Lutoslawski / W. Rowicki
    Philips:
  • Ensemble
    Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    J. Shirley-Quirk
    Conductor
    Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Sony Classical:
  • Ensemble
    Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    A. Kruszewski, baritone P. Kusiewicz, tenor Glemser, piano
    Conductor
    Antoni Wit
    Naxos:
  • Ensemble
    BBC Symphony Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Lucy Crowe (soprano) Toby Spence (tenor) Christopher Purves (baritone)
    Conductor
    Edward Gardner
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