Dutilleux - Symphony no.2 ‘Le Double’ | Naxos 8573596

Dutilleux - Symphony no.2 ‘Le Double’

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573596

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 10th March 2017



Francoise Rivalland (cimbalom)
Orchestre National de Lille


Darrell Ang


Dutilleux, Henri

Mystere de l'instant
Symphony no.2 'Le Double'
Timbres, espace, mouvement


Francoise Rivalland (cimbalom)
Orchestre National de Lille


Darrell Ang


Henri Dutilleux’s perfectionism resulted in a distinctive and individual musical language of rare poetry and invention. The interplay of stereophonic and polyrhythmic effects and jazzy brass writing in Symphony No.2 ‘Le Double’ forms, in the composer’s own words, ‘a musical play of mirrors and of contrasting colours’, while Timbres, espaces, mouvement is Dutilleux’s response to Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, a ‘longing for the infinity of nature’. The series of snapshots in Mystère de l’instant evokes fleeting and almost magical moments in time, its cumulative power indicative of a consummate composer at the height of his powers.

This is the first of four recordings planned for release on the Naxos label in 2017 conducted by Darrell Ang. These future albums will include works by Smetana, Offenbach and Pierné.

Darrell Ang’s recordings for Naxos include violin concertos by Éduardo Lalo and Joan Manén (8573067) regarded by Pizzicato as a “sparkling and truly exciting account… very well supported by the Barcelona Orchestra and conductor Darrell Ang. This brings it definitely to the top of the available recordings...” His recording of Meyerbeer overtures (8573195) was a MusicWeb International ‘Recording of the Year’ in 2014 with the declaration, “It’s quite possible that this music has never sounded so good.”

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