Henri Dutilleux

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Henri Dutilleux (French: [ɑ̃ʁi dytijø]; 22 January 1916 – 22 May 2013) was a French composer active mainly in the second half of the 20th century. His work, which garnered international acclaim, followed in the tradition of Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Albert Roussel and Olivier Messiaen, but in an idiosyncratic style.

Some of his notable compositions include a piano sonata, two symphonies, the Cello Concerto Tout un monde lointain (A whole distant world), the Violin Concerto L'arbre des songes (The tree of dreams) and the String Quartet Ainsi la nuit (Thus the night). Some of these are regarded as masterpieces of 20th-century classical music. Works were commissioned from him by such major artists as Charles Munch, George Szell, Mstislav Rostropovich, the Juilliard String Quartet, Isaac Stern, Paul Sacher, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Simon Rattle, Renée Fleming and Seiji Ozawa.

Writing in the New York Times, Paul Griffiths said: "Mr Dutilleux’s position in French music was proudly solitary. Between Olivier Messiaen and Pierre Boulez in age, he was little affected by either, though he took an interest in their work. .. But his voice, marked by sensuously handled harmony and color, was his own."

Dutilleux was awarded several major prizes throughout his career, notably the Grand Prix de Rome (1938), International Music Council's International Rostrum of Composers (1955), the Grand-Croix de la Légion d'honneur (2004), the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize (2005), the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society (2008) and the Kravis Prize (2011).

In addition to his activities as a composer, he worked as the Head of Music Production for Radio France for 18 years. He also taught at the École Normale de Musique de Paris, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique and was twice composer in residence at the Tanglewood music centre in Lenox and Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 1ère symphonie / Timbres, espace, mouvement Henri Dutilleux; Orchestre National de Lyon, Serge Baudo 1
1987 Cello Concertos Lutosławski, Dutilleux; Mstislav Rostropovich, Orchestre de Paris, Baudo, Lutosławski 2
1991 Berg: Suite lyrique / Dutilleux: Ainsi la nuit / Webern: Langsamer Satz Alban Berg, Henri Dutilleux, Anton Webern; Quatuor Ludwig 1
1991 Mystère de l'instant / Métaboles / Timbres, espace, mouvement Dutilleux; Collegium Musicum, Paul Sacher, Orchestre National de France, Mstislav Rostropovitch 1
1992 Symphony no. 1 / Symphony no. 2 "Le Double" Henri Dutilleux; BBC Philharmonic, Yan Pascal Tortelier 1
1994 Musique de chambre Henri Dutilleux; Geneviève Joy, Henri Dutilleux 1
1995 Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique / Dutilleux: Metaboles Hector Berlioz, Henri Dutilleux; Orchestre de l’Opéra Bastille, Myung-Whun Chung 1
1995 Dutilleux: Sonate / Ohana: Six études d'interprétation Henri Dutilleux, Maurice Ohana; Marie-Josèphe Jude 1
1996 L'Oeuvre pour piano Henri Dutilleux; Anne Queffélec 1
1998 Quartets Debussy, Ravel, Dutilleux; Juilliard String Quartet 1
2000 Œuvres pour violoncelle seul Dutilleux, Ligeti, Bacri, Crumb, Henze; Emmanuelle Bertrand 1
2001 Au Commencement Monteverdi Monteverdi, Berio, Donatoni, Dusapin, Dutilleux, Kurtág; Sonia Wieder-Atherton, Natalia Shakhovskaya 1
2001 String Quartets Debussy, Dutilleux, Ravel; Belcea Quartet 2
2001 Symphonie no. 2 "Le Double" / The Shadows of Time / Métaboles Henri Dutilleux; Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Hans Graf 1
2002 Cello Recital Stravinsky, Britten, Dutilleux, Debussy; Tatjana Vassilieva, Yumiko Urabe 1
2007 The Shadows of Time Henri Dutilleux; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa 1
2008 Debussy: La mer / Dutilleux: L'Arbre des songes / Ravel: La valse Debussy, Dutilleux, Ravel; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons, Dmitry Sitkovetsky 1
2010 Quatuors à cordes Debussy, Dutilleux, Ravel; Arcanto Quartet 1
2010 D'ombre et de silence Henri Dutilleux; Robert Levin 1
2010 Dutilleux: Sur le même accord / L'Arbre des songes / D'Haene: Violin Concerto Henri Dutilleux, Rafaël D'Haene; Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon, Kazushi Ono, Yossif Ivanov 1
2012 Poèmes Ravel, Messiaen, Dutilleux; Renée Fleming 1
2013 Correspondances Henri Dutilleux; Barbara Hannigan, Anssi Karttunen, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Esa-Pekka Salonen 2
2016 Le Loup / Trois Sonnets de Jean Cassou / La Fille du Diable / Quatre Mélodies / Trois Tableaux symphoniques Henri Dutilleux; Vincent Le Texier, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Pascal Rophé 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Violin Concertos Henri Dutilleux, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies; Isaac Stern 1
1994 Dutilleux: Ainsi la nuit / Dusapin: Time Zone / Quatour III Henri Dutilleux, Pascal Dusapin; Arditti String Quartet 1
1995 Französische Oboensonaten Saint‐Saëns, Bréville, Poulenc, Dutilleux; Lajos Lencsés, Karl Bergemann 1
2000 Complete Orchestral Works Henri Dutilleux; BBC Philharmonic, Yan Pascal Tortelier 2
2005 Dutilleux: Sur le même accord / Bartók: Violin Concerto no. 2 / Stravinsky: Concerto en ré Dutilleux, Bartók, Stravinsky; Anne-Sophie Mutter 1
2008 Concertos / Orchestral Works Henri Dutilleux; Mstislav Rostropovich, Renaud Capuçon 1

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