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Darrell Ang

“Dutilleux’s music has always been endlessly fascinating for me: the awesome spectrum of colours he conjured, with subtly-nuanced emotions masking an undoubtedly powerful presence. His music always meticulously scored, Dutilleux was nothing if not unique, without doubt a law unto himself, one of history’s greatest creators.”

Darrell Ang, conductor

DUTILLEUX, H.: Symphony No. 2, "Le double" / Timbres, espace, movement / Mystère de l'instant
Henri DUTILLEUX (1916–2013)
Symphony No. 2 “Le Double”
Timbres, espace, movement
Mystère de l’instant*

Françoise Rivalland, Cimbalom*
Orchestre National de Lille
Darrell Ang

Henri Dutilleux’s perfectionism resulted in a distinctive and individual musical language of rare poetry and invention. The interplay of stereophonic and polyrhythmic effects and jazzy brass writing in Symphony No. 2 ‘Le Double’ forms, in the composer’s own words, ‘a musical play of mirrors and of contrasting colours’, while Timbres, espaces, mouvement is Dutilleux’s response to Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, a ‘longing for the infinity of nature’. The series of snapshots in Mystère de l’instant evokes fleeting and almost magical moments in time, its cumulative power indicative of a consummate composer at the height of his powers.

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Listen to an extract from Symphony No. 2, 'Le Double':
I. Animato, ma misterioso

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Symphony No. 2, ‘Le Double’

About the Artists
Darrell Ang
Darrell Ang’s triumph at the 50th Besançon International Young Conductor’s Competition, where he took all three top awards, launched his international career, leading to the music directorship of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne and numerous guest conducting engagements. Three years later Ang was selected to join the prestigious International Conductors’ Academy of the Allianz Cultural Foundation and invited to take on residencies with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Françoise Rivalland
Percussionist Françoise Rivalland is the co-founder of S:i.c., Situation: interprètes et compositeurs (, which encourages the performance and the creation of chamber music, and was their artistic director from 1986 to 2009. In September 2004 she was named professor at the Haute École des Arts de Bern in Switzerland where she teaches in their musical theatre programme.
Orchestre National de Lille
Since its creation in 1976, the Orchestre National de Lille has established itself as one of France's leading orchestras. Each year the orchestra performs in its concert hall, Le Nouveau Siècle in Lille, in its own region, throughout France and abroad. True to its mission the orchestra plays the major symphonic repertoire, with an annual opera production, plus the music of our own time, particularly by appointing guest composers.
Recommended recordings by conductor Darrell Ang
Symphonie espagnole /
Violin Concerto No. 1

Tianwa Yang, Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, Darrell Ang
  Listen to an extract from
Manén's Violin Concerto
No. 1:
III. Allegro molto
Overtures and Entr'actes from the French Operas

New Zealand Symphony, Darrell Ang
  Listen to an extract from
Les Huguenots:
Act V: Ballet
  Listen to an extract from
Zhou Long's The Rhyme of Taigu

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