Music: New Discs Offer Sound Trips

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MESSIAEN: Turangalila-Symphonie; LUTOSLAWSKI: Les Espaces du Sommeil, Symphony No. 3. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra (Messiaen) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Lutoslawski) (CBS).

Composed between 1946 and 1948, the Turangalila-Symphonie is a ten-movement, 80-minute showpiece for large orchestra, elemental in its power, yet seductive in its radiant beauty. The title derives from Sanskrit and roughly connotes "vitality" and "life," and thus gives some indication of both the piece's formidable substance and its stunning effect. Its thundering chord progressions and leaping, birdlike themes, its mixture of brutal dissonance and sunny consonance, make Turangalila-Symphonie one of the French composer's finest creations. It...

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