(1916-2013) was greatly influenced by his contemporaries, Ravel, Debussy and Roussel, yet implemented his own, unique style. His Cello Concerto, A Whole Distant World
is considered to be one of the most important 20th century additions to the instrument's repertoire.
Concerto comprises five movements which run seamlessly in to one-another, each inspired by the poetry of Charles Baudelaire. The movements are: 1) Énigme (Enigma), 2) Regard (Gaze), 3) Houles (Surges), 4) Miroirs (Mirrors), and 5) Hymne (Hymn). A Whole Distant World
was first performed in July 1970 by Russian cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich with the Orchestre de Paris. Dutilleux
's A Whole Distant World
remains popular to this day, and including the entire orchestral score, this edition is essential to the advanced cellist's repertoire.