Dutilleux Violin Concerto etc
In welcoming Yan Pascal Tortelier’s first Dutilleux disc for Chandos (the two symphonies, 11/93) I expressed the hope that more would follow. Now it has, with a programme that neatly complements the relatively early symphonies with two substantial later works.
In the Violin Concerto (1985) Tortelier again favours a symphonic approach, and very effective it is too, with a soloist who is authoritative without any hint of counterproductive self-assertiveness. In the rival Decca recording Pierre Amoyal is more intense in tone, with a volatility from which all sense of effort has not been completely purged. Is the Charlier/Tortelier version too staid, or does this richly perfumed music demand a response that keeps its more flamboyant qualities under firmer control than that provided by the Decca team? Amoyal and Dutoit make the more immediate impact, but it could well be that Charlier and Tortelier prove more satisfying in the longer run.
The Chandos disc also includes Dutilleux’s orchestral arrangement of his Cassou settings, otherwise available only in the piano version with the two movements the other way round (Erato, 5/95), and also his orchestration, made in 1944, of Jehan Alain’s touching prayer. Well-characterized contributions from Martyn Hill and Neal Davies complete this valuable and recommendable release.'