Philippe Hurel 1

On the eve of his 60th birthday, Philippe Hurel has created an exceptional synthesis of spectral music (primacy to timbre like in continual processes) and the rhythmic, polyphonic, and dramatic anxiety that haunts his oeuvre. Meticulous observation short-circuited by action. Tour à Tour, a vast series for orchestra, plays with reminiscence and repetition, vestiges and variation. An undertaking unrivaled on such a large scale, based on material identifiable throughout the series. Fusion of timbres or parallel lines, this game of electric alternations leads to an ultimate stability, or to an opening in space. In la rose des vents (Tour à Tour II), marked by the entry of electronics, spatialization extends significantly the restricted stereophonic space of the orchestra. In this concerto for orchestra, each instrument is an actor in the drama taking place. Describing his current research as an affirmed expressivity, Philippe Hurel evokes the influence of German symphonic music. Tour à Tour, expression above formal construction.

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France © C. Abramowitz / Radio France

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France © C. Abramowitz / Radio France

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Conductor Jean Deroyer
IRCAM Computer Music Design Carlo Laurenzi

PHILIPPE HUREL Tour à Tour, commissioned by Radio France and IRCAM-Centre Pompidou Premiere

6:30pm, Maison de la radio
Film Images of a Work #19: Tour à Tour, by Philippe Hurel, a film by Thierry Paul Benizeau.
Free entry upon presentation of your concert ticket.

An IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Radio France coproduction. With the support of the Sacem. Concert recorded by France Musique and broadcast on June 8 at 8pm in Les Lundis de la contemporaine by Arnaud Merlin.