Paul Dukas

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Paul Abraham Dukas (French: [dykas]; 1 October 1865 – 17 May 1935) was a French composer, critic, scholar and teacher. A studious man, of retiring personality, he was intensely self-critical, and he abandoned and destroyed many of his compositions. His best known work is the orchestral piece The Sorcerer's Apprentice (L'apprenti sorcier), the fame of which has eclipsed that of his other surviving works. Among these are the opera Ariane et Barbe-bleue, a symphony, two substantial works for solo piano, and a ballet, La Péri.

At a time when French musicians were divided into conservative and progressive factions, Dukas adhered to neither but retained the admiration of both. His compositions were influenced by composers including Beethoven, Berlioz, Franck, d'Indy and Debussy.

In tandem with his composing career, Dukas worked as a music critic, contributing regular reviews to at least five French journals. Later in his life he was appointed professor of composition at the Conservatoire de Paris and the École Normale de Musique; his pupils included Maurice Duruflé, Olivier Messiaen, Manuel Ponce, and Joaquín Rodrigo.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1969 The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Paul Dukas; New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, Marshall Izen 1
1990 Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Dukas: The Sorceror's Apprentice / Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain Berlioz, Dukas, Mussorgsky; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy 3
1991 Ariane & Barbe-Bleue (Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique, feat. conductor: Armin Jordan, singers: Ciesinski, Paunova, Bacquier) Paul Dukas 1
1992 The Sorcerer's Apprentice / La Peri / Symphony in C major (Orchestre de la Suisse Romande) Paul Dukas 1
1994 Symphony in C major / Polyeucte Overture Paul Dukas; BBC Philharmonic, Yan Pascal Tortelier 1
2000 La Péri, Polyeucte, L'Apprenti sorcier (Czech Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor Antonio de Almeida) Paul Dukas 1
2002 Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice / Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre / Rossini/Respighi: La Boutique fantasque Dukas, Saint-Saëns, Rossini/Respighi; Scottish National Orchestra, Sir Alexander Gibson 3
2012 Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.3 "Organ" / Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice Saint-Saëns, Dukas; James Levine, Berliner Philharmoniker 2
L'apprenti sorcier Paul Dukas 1
L'oeuvre pour piano (feat. piano: Jean Hubeau) Paul Dukas 1
Respighi: Feste Romane / Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2 / Dukas: L'Apprenti sorcier Ottorino Respighi, Maurice Ravel, Paul Dukas; Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariss Jansons 1
Saint-Saëns: Symphony no. 3 / Dukas: L'Apprenti Sorcier Saint-Saëns; Dukas; Daniel Chorzempa, Edo de Waart, David Zinman 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1993 Night on Bald Mountain / The Sorcerer's Apprentice / Peter and the Wolf / Carnival of the Animals Compilation Mussorgsky, Dukas, Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns; New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein 1
1994 Carmen Suite; L'Arlésienne Suite; Jeux d'Enfants \ Gaîté Parisienne \ L'Apprenti Sorcier Compilation Georges Bizet, Jacques Offenbach, Paul Dukas, Emmanuel Chabrier, Camille Saint-Saëns; Charles Munch, Jean Martinon, Ernest Ansermet, Sir Georg Solti 1
1999 Symphony in C / La Péri / Sorcerer's Apprentice (Orchestre National de France feat. conductor: Leonard Slatkin) Compilation Paul Dukas 1
1999 Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini / Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C minor / Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Berliner Philharmoniker feat. conductor: James Levine, organ: Simon Preston) Compilation Berlioz / Saint-Saëns / Dukas 1
Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice / Mussorgsky: A Night on the Bare Mountain / Ravel: Boléro Compilation Dukas, Ravel, Mussorgsky, Debussy; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitri Kitayenko 1
Music for the Millions (multi-volume classical music collection) Compilation Maurice Ravel, Johann Pachelbel, Claude Debussy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Liszt, [anonymous], Sir Edward Elgar, Paul Dukas, Giuseppe Verdi, Antonín Dvořák, Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn 1

Single + Audiobook

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2004 L'Apprenti Sorcier Audiobook Paul Dukas 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2000 The Sorcerer's Apprentice / Symphony in C / La Péri Dukas; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Jesús López-Cobos 1

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