Former CSO principal flutist Mathieu Dufour premieres a new work for solo flute and orchestra by Guillaume Connesson, and discusses the work and how it came to be commissioned in an interview. Pour sortir au jour (Going forth by day) describes a spiritual journey related to the Egyptian Book of the Dead, according to the composer, and the music depicts the movement from darkness and light to Amenti, the paradise of the ancient Egyptians. Conductor Charles Dutoit also discusses the work in an interview.

Bracketing the new piece are works by Paul Dukas and Camille Saint-Saëns. American organist Paul Jacobs is the soloist in Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony, and Charles Dutoit leads the program.

Dukas La Péri, Fanfare and poème dansé
Connesson Pour sortir au jour
Mathieu Dufour, flute (CSO co-commission; World Premiere)
Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78 (Organ)
Paul Jacobs, organ

Originally recorded at concerts on March 5, 6, 7 and 8, 2014

Violin Concerto
Gil Shaham, violin
John Williams, conductor

Originally recorded at concerts on Nov. 8 and 9, 2013

Program notes for the Dukas, Connesson, and Saint-Saëns works may be found here.

This program will be available until May 20, 2017

Performer Biographies

Mathieu Dufour, flute

Paul Jacobs, organ

Charles Dutoit, conductor

Gil Shaham, violin

John Williams, conductor



Guillaume Connesson on his Concerto for Flute and Orchestra

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