Saturday, February 07, 2015

THIS week’s album reviews from The Courier-Mail
Patricia Kelly

Metaboles; (Erato)
THE name Henri Dutilleux may not be as familiar as those of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven or other classical music luminaries, yet Dutilleux, who died in 2013, is considered one of the most important French composers of the latter 20th century. This CD coincides with the inauguration of the Philharmonie de Paris in January, with concerts conducted by Paavo Järvi, who directs the orchestra. Described as a “daring and probing” artist who conducts with visionary fire and exuberance, Järvi brings these qualities to the six vivid movements of Métaboles, with titles such as “flamboyant’’, and “torpide’’. On only one Chord, premiered in 2002 by dedicatee violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, played here with Christian Tetzlaff as soloist, displays Dutilleux’s lyrical precision. But Symphony No 1, an early Dutilleux creation, is 30 minutes of intense development, blending lyricism with big brass flashes. It demands attention from listeners who would miss the vigour of a challenging adventure if they eschewed Dutilleux for the comforts of Beethoven and Co.

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