Listening to almost anything written by the modern French composer Henri Dutilleux it is hard to understand why his work was a specialists' preserve for so long.
HENRI DUTILLEUX: Correspondences; cello concerto Tout Un Monde Lointain... ; The Shadows Of Time . Barbara Hannigan (soprano, in Correspondences ), Anssi Karttunen (cello, in the concerto), Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France conducted by Esa- Pekka Salonen. DG CD or download.
During the 1970s, Rostropovich made a remarkable recording of the cello concerto included on this disc, and a "rosette" rating awarded by the Penguin Guide, then a bible for many classical record collectors, drew listeners outside of France to Serge Baudo's recording of Dutilleux's First Symphony some years later. But, in general, Dutilleux was marginalised by the fashionability among academics and intimidated critics of the more extreme styles of the then-avant-garde.
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