Dutilleux: Métaboles; L'Arbre des Songes; Symphony No. 2, Le Double

Dutilleux: Métaboles; L'Arbre des Songes; Symphony No. 2, Le Double

by Ludovic MorlotLudovic Morlot


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Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra have focused considerable attention on modern orchestral repertoire, and this second album of important pieces by Henri Dutilleux shows their interest in innovative programming and works of high sophistication. Dutilleux's music is characterized by its economy and refinement, and the three selections on this 2015 release on the orchestra's own label are compact, cogent, and transparently scored. "Métaboles" is a study of continual organic changes found in nature and represented in music by evolving sections for woodwinds, strings, brass, and percussion, which culminate in a final virtuosic section for the whole orchestra. "L'Arbre des songes" (Tree of Dreams), Dutilleux's violin concerto, featuring violinist Augustin Hadelich, is a four-movement work connected by three interludes, and the metamorphosis of themes between the soloist and the ensemble is a prominent feature. The "Symphony No. 2, Le Double," employs a full orchestra and a chamber orchestra within it, to interact and spur on ideas, in a manner similar to the concerto grosso form. Morlot and his musicians show great respect for Dutilleux, and their performances here and on their 2014 CD of the "Symphony No. 1," "Tout un monde lointain," and "The Shadows of Time" are essential listening for all who want to know this composer better.

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Release Date: 08/14/2015
Label: Seattle Sym Media
UPC: 0855404005072
catalogNumber: 1007
Rank: 176437


  1. Métaboles, for orchestra
  2. Symphony No. 2: "Le Double", for orchestra
  3. L'arbre des songes, concerto for violin & orchestra

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