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Tout un monde lointain - Henri Dutilleux: Cello Concerto; Trois Strophes sur le nom de Sacher; Debussy: Cello Sonata / Emmanuelle Bertrand, cello, Pascal Amoyel, piano

Album Summary

>Dutilleux, Henri : Strophes (3) sur le nom de Sacher
>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Cello and Piano
>Dutilleux, Henri : Tout un monde lointain. . ., concerto for cello & orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

Henri Dutilleux celebrates his centenary on January 22, 2016. Though he was born just a few months before the premiere of one of Debussy's final compositions, the Cello Sonata, he followed in the tradition of his countryman. On this beautiful tribute to Dutilleux, Emmanuelle Bertrand, pianist Pascal Amoyel and the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester led by James Gaffigan team up for performances of cello works from both composers including Dutilleux's famous Strophes sur le nom de Sacher.

The Classical Reviewer, 10th November 2015
Bertrand delivers some extraordinarily fine playing, capturing so many details and expressive moments, with moments of fine passion as well as virtuosic skill...Both the orchestra under James Gaffigan and Bertrand are spot on, demonstrating fine accuracy... These are very fine performances indeed. Given that the comparative recording of the concerto on my shelves is by Rostropovich himself, this is no mean accolade.

The Guardian, 3rd December 2015
James Gaffigan and the Lucerne orchestra tread that tricky line in Dutilleux between sensuous imagery and intense technical refinement, while Emmanuelle Bertrand makes stunning sounds on her cello - now breathy and exquisite, now deep and spicy.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2015
Dutilleux was Bertrand's mentor, yet her fierce independence shines through ...Dutilleux's concerto was his response to the fleeting poetic images of Charles Baudelaire, and Bertrand's playing remains infused with an idea of his 'tout un monde lontain' - 'a whole distant world'...Bertrand achieves a giddying sense of balanced perspective against those delicately spiced flavours served up by James Gaffigan's Luzerner Sinfonieorchester.

Herald Scotland, 16th December 2015
Gaffigan and the Lucerne orchestra tread that fine Dutilleux line between sensuality and refinement, and Emmanuelle Bertrand makes stunning sounds on her cello - now breathy, now deep and spicy. Also on the disc is a gleaming performance of Debussy's Cello Sonata.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2016
I can't do better than quote the testimony of Henri Dutilleux himself, praising 'the transparency of Emmanuelle Bertrand's sound, her rhythmic strictness, her technical perfection, the brio of her playing'. All of these qualities are displayed in abundance on this disc, every note not only in place but invested with profound feeling...A strong candidate for my Disc of 2015.

Classical Ear, 16/03/2016
The contemplation is often spellbinding and evocative, which Emmanuelle Bertrand and James Gaffigan conjure magically, and the recording misses no detail ... completed by Debussy's wonderful Cello Sonata (with pianist Pascal Amoyel), an enjoyably capricious account.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Like Dutilleux's quartet, his 1970 cello concerto, Tout Un Monde Lointain (A Whole Distant World), is also quickly becoming part of the active performing repertoire. Written for and premiered by Rostropovich, who made a thrilling first recording of it for EMI, it has by now been recorded well over a dozen times. Dutilleux's purity and originality remain immaculate.

Two bonuses accompany the concerto. One is the probing, spectral, fragmentary sound-collage, Three Strophes on the Name of Sacher for unaccompanied cello (written in tribute to the great Swiss patron of modern music), another much-recorded Dutilleux work to have entered the performing repertoire - in this case an especially rarified sector of it. (The still-young Bertrand has already recorded it twice!) Placing Dutilleux in the grand line of French modernists, Harmonia Mundi adds Debussy's Cello Sonata to this stellar release - a reminder also of Debussy's position as the progenitor of so much new music to follow his "footsteps in the snow".

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Lucerne, Switzerland (11/2014); Teldex Studio Berlin (11/2014); Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Lucerne, Switzerland (12/2014); Teldex Studio Berlin (12/2014).



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>Dutilleux, Henri : Strophes (3) sur le nom de Sacher
  • Performer: Emmanuelle Bertrand (Cello)
  • Conductor: James Gaffigan
  • Notes: Composition written: 05/02/1976-??/??/1982.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Cello and Piano
  • Performers: Pascal Amoyel (Piano); Emmanuelle Bertrand (Cello)
  • Conductor: James Gaffigan
  • Running Time: 10 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Dutilleux, Henri : Tout un monde lointain. . ., concerto for cello & orchestra
  • Performer: Emmanuelle Bertrand (Cello)
  • Conductor: James Gaffigan
  • Running Time: 27 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1967-1970