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The Barbican’s wide-ranging celebration of Pierre Boulez’s 90th birthday closed with this programme by the influential ensemble the French composer founded back in 1976, here conducted by the orchestra’s current music director, Matthias Pintscher.
Pintscher directed a clean and authoritative performance, as he did of Asymétriades, a new, concerto-like work for solo double bass by the young French composer Yann Robin – here the virtuosic Nicolas Crosse – premiered by Ensemble Intercontemporain last November. Using a wide variety of extended playing techniques, it held the attention not only through the fascination of its explosive soundworld, but also in its dynamism and dexterity. By its side, Pintscher’s own Choc (Monumento IV) seemed comparatively diffuse and lacking in impetus.... »