Dutilleux - Le Loup | Chandos CHSA5263

Dutilleux - Le Loup

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHSA5263

Format: Hybrid SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 28th May 2021

Contents

Artists

Adam Walker (flute)
Juliana Koch (oboe)
Jonathan Davies (bassoon)
Sinfonia of London

Conductor

John Wilson

Works

Dutilleux, Henri

Le Loup
Oboe Sonata (orch. Kenneth Hesketh)
Sarabande et cortege (orch. Kenneth Hesketh)
Sonatina for flute and piano (orch. Kenneth Hesketh)

Artists

Adam Walker (flute)
Juliana Koch (oboe)
Jonathan Davies (bassoon)
Sinfonia of London

Conductor

John Wilson

About

Following the success of their previous album, English Music for Strings, John Wilson and his Sinfonia of London turn their attention to the music of Henri Dutilleux. His ballet Le Loup was composed as a commission for Roland Petit’s dance company and premièred in Paris in March 1953. Rarely recorded – this is the first recording by a non-French orchestra – the work unfolds in three tableaux and tells a convoluted tale of a bridegroom who jilts his bride (to run away with a gypsy) by persuading her that he has been changed into a wolf. Over time she discovers that the wolf is real, but her feelings turn from terror to love and when the alarmed villagers hunt the wolf, she defends him and dies at his side.

The album is completed by three world-première recordings of new orchestrations (by Kenneth Hesketh) of wind solos written for the Paris Conservatoire in the 1940s. Both the Sarabande et Cortège and Sonate pour hautbois are virtuosic tours de force for their soloists, as is the Sonatine pour flûte, which displays the lyricism, agility, and sparkling incisive qualities of the flute in what became Dutilleux’s most-performed work.

Recorded in Surround Sound, the album is available as a hybrid-SACD.

Reviews

John Wilson seizes on the opportunities to bring out the vivid colours of Dutilleux’s score, with the brass blazing superbly and every rhythm alive with meaning. No less striking is the music’s lyricism, phrased by Wilson with great tenderness – what a shame Dutilleux wrote an opera!  Roger Nichols (Orchestral Choice)
BBC Music Magazine August 2021

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