JACQUELINE FONTYN (b.1930): Ephémères for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra (Lucienne van Deyck, RTBF Symphony Orchestra; Jean-Sébastien Béreau), Per Archi for String Orchestra (BRTN Philharmonic Orchestra; Fernand Terby), Halo for Harp and 16 Instruments (Yoki Nagae-Ceschina [harp],London Sinfonietta; Ronald Zollman), Psalmus Tertius for Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra (Albrecht Klora, BRTN Choir, Antwep Philharmonic; Léonce Gras).
Catalogue Number: 03I100
Reference: AUL 66092
Description: Fontyn's elegant idiom, in which every note is made to count, every gesture to contribute to the argument, is demonstrated to ideal effect in the orchestral song cycle to poems by Belgian poet Robert Guiette. Post-dating the composer's use of dodecaphony, the work nonetheless has a precision of construction which lends it a post-Second-Viennese feel, the orchestral harmony rich, the vocal writing eloquent and dramatic. Writing for large string orchestra, Fontyn makes of the freely treated serial Per archi a somewhat austere, impressive landscape, while Halo, with its shimmering harp, is alternately lively and ethereal, with many felicitous touches of instrumental color. The substantial sacred work shows how Fontyn's language is well suited to a serious subject; the work is concentrated, with the orchestra illuminating the varying moods of the praying supplicant, while the choir seems to offer an opposing commentary on the text, sometimes supporting, sometimes parodying. Texts included, no translations