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Dutilleux, Lutoslawski: Works for Cello

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
On this CD, Swiss cellist Christian Poltéra tackles the complete cello works by two of the leading independent-minded European modernists of the mid- to late-twentieth century, Henri Dutilleux and Witold Lutoslawski. Each of the works was written at the instigation of Mstislav Rostropovich, a concerto from each composer, both of which he premiered in 1970, and a solo cello tribute from each, written in 1975 in honor of the Swiss conductor and new music advocate, Paul Sacher. Dutilleux took the title of his concerto, "Toute un monde lointain…" A Whole Distant World…, as well as the names of the movements, from the poetry of Baudelaire, the mystery and sensuality of whose ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
On this CD, Swiss cellist Christian Poltéra tackles the complete cello works by two of the leading independent-minded European modernists of the mid- to late-twentieth century, Henri Dutilleux and Witold Lutoslawski. Each of the works was written at the instigation of Mstislav Rostropovich, a concerto from each composer, both of which he premiered in 1970, and a solo cello tribute from each, written in 1975 in honor of the Swiss conductor and new music advocate, Paul Sacher. Dutilleux took the title of his concerto, "Toute un monde lointain…" A Whole Distant World…, as well as the names of the movements, from the poetry of Baudelaire, the mystery and sensuality of whose writing is reflected in the music. While it has the harmonic sophistication characteristic of postwar European music, Dutilleux's five-movement concerto clearly falls in the lineage of Debussy in its evocative delicacy, essentially lyrical character, and gossamer but colorful orchestration. Lutoslawski's concerto, while idiomatically not too far from Dutilleux's, is more aggressive and emphatic, with a more traditionally competitive relationship between the soloist and the orchestra. These concertos are canonical cello works of the late twentieth century, but the solo pieces are also attractive and idiomatically written, and deserve to be better known. Poltéra delivers committed, virtuosic performances, but he doesn't quite have the radiant tone to make the Dutilleux shimmer and glisten as it can. The ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, led by Jac van Steen, is likewise more persuasive in the more formally and timbrally straightforward Lutoslawski concerto. The sound of BIS' SACD is clean, detailed, and vivid, but particularly in the Dutilleux, it could benefit from more warmth.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/8/2009
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318599917771
  • Catalog Number: 1777

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–5 Tout un monde lointain. . ., concerto for cello & orchestra - Henri Dutilleux & ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (31:01)
  2. 6–8 Strophes sur le nom de Sacher (3), for cello - Henri Dutilleux & Robert Suff (9:38)
  3. 9–12 Cello Concerto - Witold Lutoslawski & ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (25:15)
  4. 10 Sacher Variation, for cello solo - Witold Lutoslawski & Robert Suff (4:05)
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Christian Poltéra Primary Artist
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