Portrait

            Some dates

- September 16 - Varsaw autumn - Tour à tour II - Varsaw Philharmonic Orchestra - Jacek Kaspszyk, conductor
- October 5 - Musica Strasbourg - Pas à pas - Ensemble Recherche
- November 6 Paris Radio France - 80 Gilbert Amy’s Birthday - …à mesure Court-circuit - Julien Leroy, conductor r
- November 13 - Milano musica - Tombeau in memoriam Gérard Grisey - Quartetto Arrayr
- December 10 Luxembourg Philharmonie Rainy days - «Wut im Bauch» - Pas à pas - ensemble Recherche
- December 20 Tel Aviv - Global corrosion - World Premiere - Ensemble Nikel
- January 14 Opéra de Paris - Loops III - Tombeau - musicians of Opéra de Paris
- May 5, 6, or 7 - Witten - Wittener Tage fur Neue Kammermuzik - World Premiere - Quatuor Arditti
- May 22 Madrid - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia - …à mesure - Sonido extremo, Jordi Frances, conductor
- June 15 - Tel-Aviv - Conservatory hall - Figures libres - Meitar ensemble - Pierre-André Valade, conductor
- June 15 Saint Etienne - Bourse du travail - Cantus - Ensemble orchestral contemporain - Daniel Kawka, conductor

See and listen
Localized corrosion
ensemble Nikel

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Sketch for a portrait

 

« If you were about to file him under spectral you'd be on the wrong path. Into a train of thought contradicting certain of his deeper natural motives, and the somewhat static deployment of harmonic spectres, Philippe Hurel injected the structuring factors of polyphony of serial origin, and then dynamited it all with the rhythmic pulses that come from jazz, one of his younger pursuits. Prompt to collect the fallout that followed this explosion, he recomposed the matter according to his own dynamics, keeping his distance from the beaten track and renewing his method with each continuously-reinvented consistency.

He'll tell you he likes systems: observe, rather, the warmly exuberant voice, the zany vocabulary and the sparkling looks that shine from him while he's juggling with theories, and you'll learn a lot more about the bubbling excitement from which each of his composing projects draws its vigour.

He'll sing the praises of objectivity in art: get to know him, and you'll discover the intimately humane aspect, the poetic wonder and enthusiastic generosity which temper the harrowing vertigo that one experiences when faced with infinite possibles (now there's something that tends to make you talk rather about subjectivity, that inalienable part from which music draws its unfailingly personal essence, but don't tell him that, whatever you do!) Cheekiness is the elegant mask that this reader of Goethe likes to wear.

With Philippe Hurel, a taste for systems is a dream that stimulates the exploratory vein, not some desiccated dogmatism. Systems, computer-calculations and objectivity are merely the safeguards he uses to try and channel - precisely - that speck of madness which breathes the life of the unpredictable into the most skilfully configured combinations. This is why his music speaks to us... »

 

                                                                                                                                  Sylviane Falcinelli

 

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