Dubugnon's Caprice series continues at the Philharmonie de Paris
Richard Dubugnon’s Caprice No.2 premieres at the Philharmonie de Paris on 25 May 2016 with Orchestre de Paris conducted by Paavo Järvi. Further performances will follow in Zurich and Bern on 28 and 30 May respectively.
The idea of a series of Caprices was conceived by the composer after receiving two commissions for short concert openers within the same period of time. Dubugnon said of the project: “I had the idea to compose a series of works for orchestra which would push the virtuosity of orchestral writing and playing to extreme limits, and which will—hopefully—one day constitute a book of ‘Etudes’ for orchestra. Each ‘Caprice’ will use a different musical form, explore various ways to make the orchestra sound and will be written for different orchestral forces ranking from Sinfonia size to the Rite of Spring orchestra using quintuple winds.”
The first performance of Caprice No.2 follows from the world premiere in Zurich of Caprice No.1 with the Philharmonia conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. The Philharmonia toured the piece, which harmonically 'teeters on the extreme edge of tonality' (George Hall, The Guardian), to Bern, Geneva and Luzern before giving the UK premiere at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 1 November 2015.
The third in the series, Caprice Romain, has recently been announced for 3 performances beginning on 27 April 2017. The Orchestra della Accademia di Santa Cecilia will give the world premiere in Rome, conducted by Antonio Pappano.