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Richard Dubugnon: Arcanes Symphoniques
By Debora Waldman
By Debora Waldman, Fabien Gabel, Nora Gubisch, Orchestre National de France, Solists of the Orchestre National de France, and Thomas Dolie. By Richard Dubugnon. Classical. CD (1 disc). Published by Naxos (NX.8573687).
Item Number: NX.8573687
Described by The New York Times as 'driven by a playful, modern sensibility', the music of Swiss composer Richard Dubugnon blends elegant Gallic transparency with the rhythmical and structural complexity of German musical culture. The result is a very individual and immediately communicative idiom, notable for its colourful orchestration. Arcanes Symphoniques is a musical game, each performance of its brief allegorical movements taking on a different meaning derived from the symbols on Tarot cards. The unusually scored Triptyque and mini-opera Le Songe Salinas use texts by Stephane Heaume in settings both tragic and sensually exotic.