Eddy Vanoosthuyse / Brussels Philharmonic / Paul Meyer, Corigliano-Carter: American Clarinet Concertos

Daniel Felsenfeld

By Daniel Felsenfeld

on 01.11.13 in Reviews
Thrilling music from twin poles of a longstanding musical schism

There was a time when the appearance of music by John Corigliano and Elliott Carter on the same record might have raised eyebrows: In the world of concert music, these two respected composers stood as twin poles of a long-standing musical schism. Time passes, things change, gardes get recast, and, as this record demonstrates, there is plenty to admire, respect, thrill to and even love in both pieces. Corigliano’s epoch-making (and this is not hyperbole; this piece changed things) is a dynamic and forceful exercise in raw orchestral sound, with three movements rich in variety and mood: the playfulness of “Cadenzas”; the sheer gorgeousness “Elegy”; and the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink closing of Antiphonal Tocatta.” By way of both contrast and concomitance, Carter’s taut single movement struts and frets, plinks and plunks in a well-paced way, giving both the performers and the listener more than enough to ponder, to hear, to adore. Eddy Vanoosthuyse’s nuanced performances of both demanding works is well matched and given appropriate space to breathe by Paul Meyer and the spot-on Brussels Philharmonic.