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Dutilleux: Orchestral Works Vol 3 / Graf

Dutilleux / Graf / Bordeaux Aquitaine Nat'l Orch
Release Date: 04/12/2005 
Label:  Arte Nova   Catalog #: 638250   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
Performer:  Olivier CharlierIldikó VékonyFrançois Le Roux
Conductor:  Hans Graf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bordeaux Aquitaine Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This rewarding coupling of Dutilleux’s violin concerto L’arbre des songes with Mystère de l’instant highlights many resonances, despite their belonging to different phases of his creativity. That both use cimbalom is only the most obvious, for there are numerous moments in Mystère that feel like half-forgotten memories of the gestures of the concerto. This is Olivier Charlier’s second recording of L’arbre des songes, and has greater urgency than his stylish but occasionally languid performance as part of Yan Pascal Tortelier’s Dutilleux survey with the BBC Philharmonic (Chandos). The Bordeaux Aquitaine orchestra may not match the finesse or the recorded sound of the British ensemble, but they more than Read more compensate with their forthright passion, moulded by Hans Graf to the ebb and flow of the score’s undulating textures. It is surprising, then, that the climax of the crucial ‘tuning-up’ Interlude underwhelms, especially when set alongside Renaud Capuçon’s spine-tingling version with Myung- Whun Chung at the helm (Virgin). The ten orchestral snapshots that comprise Mystère de l’instant suggest a more fragmentary approach. In Graf’s hands it is not so much the surface contrasts that impress, but the underlying unity that others find elusive. Neal Davies gave a fine account of the two Cassou Sonnets for Tortelier’s set, but François Le Roux adds an entirely new dimension, living every word of the poems. An equally stirring first recording of the orchestral version of La geôle is the icing on the cake of a most welcome disc.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin "L'arbre des songes" by Henri Dutilleux
Performer:  Olivier Charlier (Violin)
Conductor:  Hans Graf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bordeaux Aquitaine Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; France 
2.
Mystere de l'instant by Henri Dutilleux
Performer:  Ildikó Vékony (Cimbalom)
Conductor:  Hans Graf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bordeaux Aquitaine Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; France 
3.
La geôle, song for voice & piano or orchestra by Henri Dutilleux
Performer:  François Le Roux (Baritone)
Conductor:  Hans Graf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bordeaux Aquitaine Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1944 
Venue:  Franklin Hall, Bordeaux, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
4.
Sonnets (2) de Jean Cassou by Henri Dutilleux
Performer:  François Le Roux (Baritone)
Conductor:  Hans Graf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bordeaux Aquitaine Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; France 
Venue:  Franklin Hall, Bordeaux, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 27 Secs. 

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