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Dutilleux: Correspondances / Salonen, Radio France

Release Date: 01/22/2013 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001794402   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
Performer:  Barbara HanniganAnssi Karttunen
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This remarkable album is released to coincide with the 97th birthday of a composer who has been working for more than seven decades and has had a profound influence on classical music. Born in 1916 and best known for his Violin Concerto, Henri Dutilleux continues the line of great masters of French music. The album is a tribute to the composer by his former composition pupil, conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen, Music Director Laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Dutilleux’s Correspondances (2003), a song cycle for soprano and orchestra, setting texts by Rainer Maria Rilke, Prithwindra Mukherjee, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Vincent van Gogh is recorded here for the first time.

The composer asked his former
Read more pupil to record the work, while he could still attend the sessions – which he did – making this World Premiere recording a document of historical significance Joining the superb Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France is star soloist, soprano Barbara Hannigan, today’s most highly regarded interpreter of 20th/21st century classical vocal music.

The album also includes new recordings of Tout un monde lointain for Cello and Orchestra (1970)and and the orchestral piece The Shadows of Time (1997).


Henri Dutilleux, who died in May at age ninety-seven, was an ultra-meticulous, less-than-prolific composer. Yet nearly every one of the Frenchman’s mature works is a masterpiece, his highly individual, deeply sensual music as entrancing as a kaleidoscope. This marvelous release, led by prime Dutilleux proponent Esa-Pekka Salonen, includes the premiere recording of the 2003 orchestral song cycle Correspondances (the title a Baudelaire reference to synaesthesia), featuring texts by Rilke, Solzhenitsyn and Van Gogh, among others. Also here are Tout un Monde Lointain..., the 1970 cello concerto commissioned by Rostropovich, and The Shadows of Time, affecting “episodes for orchestra” from 1997 that include a movement dedicated to Anne Frank featuring children’s voices.

– Bradley Bambarger, Listen Read less

Works on This Recording

Correspondances by Henri Dutilleux
Performer:  Barbara Hannigan (Soprano)
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Concerto for Cello "Tout un monde lointain" by Henri Dutilleux
Performer:  Anssi Karttunen (Cello)
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968-1970; France 
The Shadows of Time by Henri Dutilleux
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; France 

Customer Reviews

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 Dutilleux's newest masterpiece April 19, 2013 By Aaron M. (Miami beach, FL) See All My Reviews "I bought this CD after waiting for "Correspondances" to be recorded. I played in the orchestra at the second performance and US premiere of this work back in 2007. The work is very subtle and evocative, but perhaps without the intensity and weight of some of Dutilleux's lengthier works (such as the other two works on the CD). Each movement is short, but detailed, really creating a unique atmosphere. I am reminded of Webern, not so much in style, but that Dutilleux creates meaning so thoroughly and completely in such a short amount of time. The recorded sound is focused and present, and the soloist and orchestra sound wonderful. The rest of the disc is great, but having heard many other recordings of "Tout un monde lointain" I can say that there are several better ones out there in regards to the soloist. I recommend Truls Mork, Lynn Harrell, Boris Pergamenschikov, and Christian Poltera over this one for sure. The playing just isn't first rate when it comes to technical polish and ease." Report Abuse
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