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Dutilleux: Métaboles; Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 2 / Augustin Hadelich, violin; Seattle SO; Ludovic Morlot

Album Summary

>Dutilleux, Henri : Métaboles, for orchestra
>Dutilleux, Henri : L'arbre des songes, concerto for violin & orchestra
>Dutilleux, Henri : Symphony no 2
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Following the Seattle Symphony's first Grammy®-nominated Henri Dutilleux disc comes the second installment in the Symphony's venture to record a complete survey of the orchestral music of this late, great, long-lived, and most important French composer whose music has been authoritatively described as "sumptuous... fastidious... rigorous... seductive... non-dogmatic... " - Guardian. This time Ludovic Morlot and his musicians turn their attention to Dutilleux's most well-known and exciting orchestral work - Métaboles. Augustin Hadelich joins for a performance of the violin concerto, L'arbre des songes, with the disc completed by a performance of the composer's Second Symphony ("Le Double"), the recordings realized within the spectacular acoustics of Seattle's Benaroya Hall, and, in the cases of Métaboles and the Symphony No. 2, recorded live in concert. Founded in 1903, the Seattle Symphony continues to be one of America's leading symphony orchestras. Music Director Ludovic Morlot has been leader of the orchestra since September 2011. Constantly astonishing audiences with his phenomenal technique, poetic sensitivity and gorgeous tone, violinist Augustin Hadelich's remarkable consistency throughout the repertoire, from Beethoven to Thomas Adès, is seldom encountered in a single artist.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Sea (06/05/2014/06/07/2014); S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Sea (11/04/2014/11/07/2014); S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Sea (2014-09-25&2014-09-27&2014-).



Reviews

Seattle does it again
This is the second of three planned releases of Henri Dutilleux's music by the Seattle Symphony. The first volume demonstrated that the symphony, under the direction of Ludovic Morlot, understands Dutilleaux's idiosyncratic musical world. And this release simply reconfirms that impression. The orchestra plays with precision, energy, and -- more importantly -- delicacy.

The release opens with Mtaboles. It's is a real showpiece for any orchestra, and Seattle is more than up to the challenge. Each movement features a different section of the orchestra, with the final movement bringing them all together. But, as the title suggests, change is everywhere. The music shifts and changes constantly, creating a wonderfully complex yet inviting world for the listener to enter.

Dutilleux's Violin Concerto is subtitled "L'arbre des Songes" or "Tree of Dreams." The work is sometimes atonal, but maintains a dreamlike, impressionistic quality. Like a tree, the music seems to grow organically out of the opening material, branching off in different directions, but all relating back to the source.

Symphony No. 2 "Le double" divides the standard symphony orchestra into two groups: a small chamber orchestra in front, and the rest of the orchestra in back. The two groups aren't there for simple contrast, however. While the small ensemble sometimes echoes the music of the larger, both seem to operate semi-independently, as if they were in different dimensions.

It would be fascinating, I think, to hear each ensemble independently. I suspect the music would sound like a self-contained work. But it's the combination of the two, of course, that gives the Symphony its emotive strength.

I enjoyed volume one as much as I enjoyed this release. So I'll be eagerly awaiting the conclusion of this important series.

Submitted on 09/24/15 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Dutilleux, Henri : Métaboles, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Ludovic Morlot
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Washington (2014-09-25&2014-09-27&2014-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959-1964
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Dutilleux, Henri : L'arbre des songes, concerto for violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Augustin Hadelich (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ludovic Morlot
  • Notes: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Washington (11/04/2014/11/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1979-1985
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Dutilleux, Henri : Symphony no 2 :: "Le Double", for orchestra
  • Conductor: Ludovic Morlot
  • Notes: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Washington (06/05/2014/06/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1955-1959
  • Studio/Live: Live