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  Dutilleux, Lutoslawski - Christian Poltera, Jac van Steen
  Dutilleux: Tout un Monde Lointain, Trois Strophes sur le nom de Sacher for cello solo, Lutoslawski: Cello Concerto, Sacher Variation for cello solo

Christian Poltera (cello)
Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Jac van Steen (conductor)
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  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by JJ March 16, 2010 (9 of 11 found this review helpful)
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Henri Dutilleux’s music has a real force of attraction whose mystery one vainly attempts to penetrate on each listening. It is, as he himself stated: “firstly, insofar as the form, the desire to repudiate prefabricated restrictions, with the obvious attachment to the spirit of variation. Moreover, a predilection for a certain sound matter (priority of what can be called “the joy of sound”). Then, the refusal of program music, or any music that has a message, although I obviously do not interdict our art from having significance of a spiritual order. Last but not least, on a more technical level, the absolute necessity of choice, of the economy of means, - this notion is inevitably foisted on any artist when he creates a new work.” On the program then is “Tout un Monde Lointain” for Cello and Orchestra, and “Trois Strophes sur le nom de Sacher” for Solo Cello. Next comes the Concerto for Cello by Witold Lutoslawski, created in London in 1970 by Mstislav Rostropovitch, as well as the “Sacher Variation” also for solo cello. Christian Poltéra is here in his element and never ceases to stir our interest from beginning to end of the proposed program. His playing develops an enveloping sound that the orchestra emphasizes without any sign of pathos. Here then is a must-have SACD devoted to two major figures of contemporary composition.

Jean-Jacques Millo
Translation Lawrence Schulman

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Works: 4  

Henri Dutilleux - Tout un Monde Lointain
Henri Dutilleux - Trois Strophes sur le nom de Sacher for cello solo
Witold Lutoslawski - Cello Concerto
Witold Lutoslawski - Sacher Variation for cello solo