Notes and Editorial Reviews
The present set includes a monographic disc bringing together two of Bernard Cavanna's finest concertante works performed here by renowned artists (Noémi Schindler, Emmanuelle Bertrand, Hélène Desaint and Pascal Contet), the Orchestre National de Lille and the ensemble 2e2m, one of Europe's leading groups dedicated to the music of our time. This recording is accompanied by a filmed portrait of the composer, full of verve and reflections on the place of a creator in the contemporary world, his ways of doing things and his relations with performers and other disciplines of the performing arts. Indeed, Bernard Cavanna has long worked for the theatre, in particular with Jean Gillibert, Antoine Vitez, Stuart Seide, Daniel Martin and Michel Berretti; for dance with choreographers Caroline Marcadé, Angelin Preljocaj and Odile Duboc; and for the cinema with Pierre-Henry Salfaty and Alain Fleischer (with whom he has collaborated regularly for twenty years). Born in 1951, Bernard Cavanna was strongly encouraged by Henri Dutilleux, Georges Aperghis and Aurèle Stroë to devote himself to composition. Prix de Rome in 1985-86, holder of an annual fellowship for creation, winner of the SACEM Prize for Best New Contemporary Work (1998), the UNESCO International Tribune (1999), 'Victoires de la Musique' award and SACD Grand Prize for Music (2007), his works produce a strong impression on the public and critics, to which this outstanding set attests magnificently.