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French Music from Berlin: Daniele Gatti Guests with the Berlin Philharmonic for a Programme of Dutilleux, Debussy and Honegger: Daniele Gatti Guests with the Berlin Philharmonic for a Programme of Dutilleux, Debussy and Honegger

Magazine article Gramophone

French Music from Berlin: Daniele Gatti Guests with the Berlin Philharmonic for a Programme of Dutilleux, Debussy and Honegger: Daniele Gatti Guests with the Berlin Philharmonic for a Programme of Dutilleux, Debussy and Honegger

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Metaboles has been the go-to piece for orchestras paying their own tribute to Dutilleux in his anniversary year, and understandably so: commissioned in 1959 for George Szell's Cleveland Orchestra, it's a concerto for orchestra with a full palette of colours and a thumping great happy ending. Also on the Digital Concert Hall is Sir Simon Rattle putting the BPO through their paces with Metaboles in 2012, and it fits his sense of orchestral theatre perfectly.

Less so Daniele Gatti. The punchy opening chords lack focus, and the conductor seems to seek an anachronistically Impressionist sensibility in the chilling nocturne for strings. There is occasionally a sense in this concert that he is conducting with the orchestra rather than actually leading them. The central 'Dies irae' movement of Honegger's Liturgique drifts listlessly, and the pounding finale runs out of energy and direction some way before the extended coda.

La mer also suffers from lethargic tempi under the metronome marks, requiring heavy unwritten accents to give some shape to the melodic line. …

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