Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 12:30 am by M. in ,    No comments
The first recording on CD of Henri Dutilleux's Trois Tableaux Symphoniques has finally been released. We already discussed the origins of this piece some time ago:
He was often influenced by art and literature: in 1944 he composed the stage music for a theatre adaptation of Wuthering Heights to be performed at the Théâtre Hebertot Paris.
Trois tableaux symphoniques d'après Les hauts de Hurlevent (1945)
1. Dans la lande
2. La marche du destin
3. Epilogue: La mort de Cathy
The piece was adapted by Marie-Louise Villiers and directed by Henri Rollan. Years later, Radio France aired a radio version of the play (with the original music by Henri Dutilleux) directed by Pierre Barbier which is available here.
Henri Dutilleux
Le Loup - complete ballet score
BIS Records
29 January 2016

Vincent Le Texier, baritone
Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, orchestra
Pascal Rophé, conductor

The name of Henri Dutilleux is associated above all with orchestral music. His international reputation originated with the Second Sym­pho­ny, ‘Le Double’ (premièred in 1959) and was confirmed by works such as Métaboles and the cello concerto Tout un monde lointain… But what about before that? In the centennial year of the composer's birth, the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and Pascal Rophé present a programme which focusses on works composed before 1954, and offers the opportunity to discover a less familiar but by no means negligible side of Dutilleux's creative activity: songs and music for the theatre and film. Several of the works on this disc are recorded for the first time in these versions, or indeed at all. Performed by the French baritone Vincent Le Texier, Éloignez-vous – one of the Cassou settings – and Quatre Mélodies appear for the first time on disc in the version for orchestra. The complete score of the ballet Le Loup only exists in a recording made in 1954, while the Trois Tableaux sympho­niques – originally composed as incidental music for a stage adaptation of Wuthering Heights – and the extracts from the film score La Fille du Diable are here made available on CD for the first time.
A review can be read on Arts Desk.

EDIT: Another one can be read on ResMusica:
Quant aux extraits pour le film La fille du diable, très habilement retravaillés ici en une courte suite symphonique, et surtout les trois tableaux pour les Hauts de Hurlevent, ils valent tous à la fois pour leur puissance de suggestions d’images, et pour le côté sciemment « représentatif » dévolu aux ondes Martenot, générant ici l’évocation de la tempête ou des hurlements de chien dans le lointain (La marche du destin), là celle de la puissance émergente de l’élément surnaturel. L’excellente ondiste Valérie Hartman-Claverie se joint ici aux forces de l’ONPL, très engagées auprès de leur chef pour faire revivre cette musique plus illustrative, avec toute la persuasion attendue. (Benedict Hévry) (Translation)

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