Music Director Stéphane Denève conducts the Brussels Philharmonic, saxophonist Timothy McAllister, and violinist Renaud Capuçon on Lost Horizon, the new 2-CD recording of music by Guillaume Connesson. The album is available in stores and online now on Deutsche Grammophon.
Lost Horizon explores two sides of the composer. The first disc looks to the fantastical and festive with Les Cités de Lovecraft (Cities of Lovecraft) and A Kind of Trane, a saxophone concerto inspired by John Coltrane and performed by McAllister.
The second disc looks inward and features Les Horizons Perdus, a violin concerto dedicated to and performed by Capuçon.
The concerto is inspired by James Hilton’s 1933 novel, and the 1937 Frank Capra film, about four travellers who discover the mystical Shangri-La; and Le Tombeau des Regrets (The Tomb of Regrets) which is built around four themes. Connesson says of the piece that he was tempted by, “a very linear, almost choral writing, exploring the intimate feelings of the passage of time, repressed regrets and impossible returns”.