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Dusapin * Mantovani * Rihm: '21St-Century Violin Concertos'

Magazine article Gramophone

Dusapin * Mantovani * Rihm: '21St-Century Violin Concertos'

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Dusapin 'Mantovani * Rihm

'21st-Century Violin Concertos' Dusapin Aufgang (a) Mantovani Jeux d'eau (b) Rihm Gedicht des Malers (c) Renaud Capucon vn (a) Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra / Myung-Whun Chung; (b) Orchestra of the Opera National de Paris; (c) Vienna Symphony Orchestra / (bc) Philippe Jordan

Erato (F) 2564 60268-7 (66' * DDD) Recorded live at the (b) Salle Pleyel, Paris, February 18,2012; (c) Konzerthaus, Vienna, January 9 & 10,2015; (a) Philharmonie de Paris, January 26,2015

Our century may be young, but several violin concertos have already staked a claim as major statements in the genre: think Ades, Birtwistle, Salonen and Widmann, to name four.

Do these three efforts, all written for the charismatic Renaud Capucon and taped at their world premieres, join those? Not quite. That doesn't gainsay Capucon's probing playing or his welcome advocacy, nor the dedication and accuracy of his conductors. But a uniformity of gesture, a too self-conscious reckoning with the concerto format itself, weighs proceedings down.

Dusapin's half-hour concerto comes in three movements and tweaks the old darkness-to-light plot in a dialectical direction. …

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