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Dutilleux: Orchestral Works Vol 2 / Graf, Bordeaux Aquitaine Orchestra

Release Date: 11/08/2005 
Label:  Arte Nova   Catalog #: 928130   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
Performer:  Jean-Guihen Queyras
Conductor:  Hans Graf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bordeaux Aquitaine Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Eloquent music expressed with passion

The traditional French virtues of lightness, elegance, wit and so on are all very well, but they don’t take us far with Dutilleux’s music on their own. I find it wonderfully inspiriting that, albeit under an Austrian conductor, an orchestra from the long underfunded French provinces should now be finding this music’s power, passion and eloquence.

Hans Graf enjoys Dutilleux’s confidence, and from this recording it’s easy to see why. The detail is all here, but so is the control of long paragraphs – few recordings of the slow movement of the First Symphony have moved me as much as this one. The sound may not have quite the brilliance of the Chandos set, but do we always
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Similarly, Jean-Guihen Queyras may not produce Rostropovich’s matchless tone high up on the A string (which Dutilleux had in his mind’s ear when writing the Concerto); but he has his own things to say and says them with authority. In Timbres, espace, mouvement, Graf impresses on us the sheer curiousness of many of the textures, just as van Gogh’s 1889 picture La nuit étoilée, which inspired the work, stands far apart from so much contemporary painting.

For me, the First Symphony is especially welcome. Amid all the congratulations after its first public performance in 1952, Pierre Boulez pointedly turned his back on the composer. The usual explanation is that Dutilleux, eschewing the 12-note system, was clearly one of those who were, in Boulez’s words, ‘inadequate to the times’. Or was the younger man all too aware of this music’s quality? Happily, these fences have been mended since. But the work is undoubtedly a masterpiece and the final resolution on to D flat major one of the great moments of 20th-century music.

-- Roger Nichols, Gramophone [5/2003]
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 1 by Henri Dutilleux
Conductor:  Hans Graf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bordeaux Aquitaine Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; France 
Concerto for Cello "Tout un monde lointain" by Henri Dutilleux
Performer:  Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
Conductor:  Hans Graf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bordeaux Aquitaine Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968-1970; France 
Timbres, espace, mouvement "La nuit etoilée" by Henri Dutilleux
Conductor:  Hans Graf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bordeaux Aquitaine Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; France 

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