Magazine article Gramophone

Dusapin: Go

Magazine article Gramophone

Dusapin: Go

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Go (a). Aria (b). Jetzt genaul (c). Quad, in memoriam Gilles Deleuze (d). Uncut (a)

(b) Victor Pereira c/(d) Angel Gimeno vn

(c) Nicolas Hodges pf (bcd) Remix Ensemble/

(b) Emilio Pomarico, (cd) Peter Rundel;

(a) Oporto Symphony Orchestra / Baldur Bronnimann

Casa da Musica [F] CDMO21 (74' * DDD)


The French composer on the Portuguese hall's own label

Pascal Dusapin is among the most-recorded of present-day European composers and this new disc makes available three concertante works drawn from across two decades of his career. Earliest is Aria (1991) which, as the title suggests, finds the soloist unfolding an animated and often capricious melodic line against a harmonically dense contribution from the orchestra. Highly consistent on its own terms, yet the latter pieces are appreciably more inventive in terms of a continuing dialogue. Inspired by Beckett and dedicated to the memory of the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, Quad (1996) engages as an active and increasingly fractious repartee that culminates in a supplicatory cadenza, then a coda of the un-easiest calm, while Jetzt genau! ('Now exactly!'; 2011) is a concertino whose often agitated dialogue is interrupted by a lengthy cadenza which reminds one that Dusapin is as resourceful in his writing for the piano as any of his contemporaries. …

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