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Dutilleux: Complete Orchestral Works

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2000

Originally recorded in 1992


BBC Philharmonic

Yan Pascal Tortelier

Neal Davies


Boris Pergamenschikow


Martyn Hill


Olivier Charlier



New Broadcasting House, Manchester


Ralph Couzens

Brian Pidgeon


Stephen Rinker

Neil Pemberton

Don Hartridge

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Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 199:34
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(b. 1916)

Symphony No. 1

1 I Passacaille: Andante 7:31
2 II Scherzo: Molto vivace 5:45
3 III Intermezzo: Lento 6:31
4 IV Finale, con variazioni: Largamente - Allegro - Scherzo - Lento 10:58

Symphony No. 2 'Le Double'

5 I Animato, ma misterioso 7:43
6 II Andantino sostenuto 9:32
7 III Allegro fuocoso - Calmato 11:31

L'Arbre des songes*

  Concerto for Violin and Orchestra  
  Tree of dreams  
8 I Librement - 5:08
9 Interlude - 2:40
10 II Vif - 2:00
11 Interlude - 1:59
12 III Lent - 6:31
13 Interlude - 1:21
14 IV Large et animé 5:35

Two Sonnets by Jean Cassou†

15 J'ai rêve que je vous portais entre mes bras 4:48
  I dreamt that I carried you in my arms  
  Extrêmement calme  
16 Il n'y avait que des troncs déchirés 2:11
  There was nothing but torn trunks  
  Véhément et agité  

Timbres, espace, mouvement avec interlude

17 I . 8:28
18 Interlude 3:44
19 II . 7:38


(1911-1940) orch. Dutilleux

Prière pour nous autres charnels†‡

  Prayer for us mortals  
  Très librement récité - Animato - Plus librement - Sans lenteur  




21 I Incantatoire - 3:34
22 II Linéaire - 3:01
23 III Obsessionnel - 3:03
24 IV Torpide - 2:56
25 V Flamboyant 4:03

Tout un monde lointain*

  Concerto for Cello and Orchestra  
  A whole world far away  
26 I Enigme - 7:14
27 II Regard - 7:14
28 III Houles - 4:27
29 IV Miroirs - 5:07
30 V Hymne 4:30

Mystère de l'instant (grande formation)

  Mystery of the moment  
31 I Appels - 2:08
32 II Echos - 1:28
33 III Prismes - 1:21
34 IV Espaces lointains - 1:49
35 V Litanies - 1:53
36 VI Choral - 0:56
37 VII Rumeurs - 0:57
38 VIII Soliloques - 1:08
39 IX Métamorphoses (sur le nom Sacher) - 2:21
40 X Embrasement 1:29
  Edward Cervenka cimbalon  

The Shadows of Time (1995-7)

41 I Les Heures - 3:08
42 II Ariel maléfique - 2:20
  Evil Ariel  
43 III Mémoire des ombres - 5:29
  Memory of Shadows  
44 Interlude - 2:42
45 IV Vagues de lumière - 3:20
  Waves of Light  
46 V Dominante bleue? 4:47
  Blue dominant?  
  Edward Burrowes treble  
 Martyn Hill tenor‡
 Neal Davies baritone†
 Olivier Charlier violin*
 Boris Pergamenschikow cello*
 Yan Pascal Tortelier
  16-17 December 1992, 26-27 March 1996, 4-5 February 1997 & Royal Albert Hall, London; 22 July 1998  
This multi-award-winning four-disc set features the complete orchestral works to date (September 2000) by Henri Dutilleux.

Three of the individual discs featured within this set – available separately – are highly respected and have received a total of four awards – a Gramophone Award (Engineering and Production), a Penguin Guide Rosette, a three-star Penguin Award and the Cannes Classical Award.

The new addition to the set, The Shadows of Time, was recorded ‘live’ at the BBC Proms in 1998 and was the first performance of this work in the UK.

This four disc set is available for the price of three.

Henri Dutilleux was born in Angers in 1916. When he was only three his parents moved to Douai, where he received his education. Although he does not claim to have been especially precocious, he was already composing at the age of thirteen. His earliest published works date from the 1940s. These include small-scale instrumental works and songs, and while none of them may be described as truly representative of their composer they are all attractive and well crafted. It was in the Piano Sonata of 1948 that he found his own voice.

Dutilleux has a fastidious approach to compositions and his extreme self-criticism has resulted in a relatively small catalogue of works. This sparsity has undoubtedly contributed to the relative neglect from which his music suffers. Another factor which may help to account for this neglect is Dutilleux’s consistent avoidance of any particularly classifiable or forward-looking musical system. He has, however, followed his own instinct, refining his own musical language and producing works of rare beauty an imagination.

In the Intermezzo of his First Symphony, for example, there are the first signs of a process which was to become central to his work. Rather than unequivocally stating a theme at the beginning of a movement, Dutilleux has favoured the principle of progressive growth, his musical material appearing more subtly through gradual evolution. The constant renewal of musical ideas gives his mature works a fluid improvisatory character. Related to his avoidance of ‘prefabricated formal scaffolding’ which he has referred to, while his expressed ‘predilection for the spirit of variation’ is even more apparent in the first and last movements of this symphony. In all his works his mastery of orchestration and orchestral colour is evident.

‘…the Tortelier/Chandos Dutilleux series deserves a place in everyone’s collection.’

‘Well-characterised contributions from Martyn Hill and Neal Davies complete this valuable and recommended release.’

‘Marvellously resourceful and inventive scores which are given vivid and persuasive performances by Tortelier and the BBC Philharmonic orchestra… The engineers give us a splendidly detailed and refined portrayal of these complex textures – the sound is really state-of-the-art.’
The Penguin Complete Guide

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