London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev

Part of the Dutilleux series

20 May 2010 / 19:30

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Henri Dutilleux Métaboles
Messiaen Turangalila-Symphonie

London Symphony Orchestra
Valery Gergiev
Joanna MacGregor piano
Cynthia Millar ondes martenot

Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie (1948) weaves an awe-inspiring tapestry of exotic sound. He said that it celebrates ‘love, joy, time, movement, rhythm, life and death,’ and was inspired by the intensely romantic myth of Tristan and Isolde. Messiaen hoped to create both a ‘love song’ and a ‘hymn to joy.’ In Dutilleux’s vibrant Métaboles (1965), each movement deftly introduces the next – according to the composer, ‘you could compare it with the way tiles overlap on a roof.’

'The orchestra’s own soloists, particularly the percussion, trombones, principal clarinet and oboe, made virtuoso contributions throughout. And Gergiev delighted in maximising the music’s expressive polarities.'
The Times, 17 May 2010, on the performance on 13 May

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