Henri Dutilleux

Biography

Born: January 22, 1916; Angers, France   Died: May 22, 2013; Paris, France  
Henri Dutilleux was a hard-working French contemporary composer who emphasized quality over quantity, shunned systems of formal organization, and wrote rock-solid music tailored to the needs of specific ensembles. Dutilleux' independence of spirit set him apart from many of his colleagues in France. His concern for instrumental color, spatial relationships among instrumental groups, and heterodox sense of spirituality maintained the French Read more lineage of modernism that stems from the music of Debussy through the work of Messiaen. Dutilleux was deeply inspired by visual art, his orchestral work Timbres, espace, mouvement (1978) being directly inspired by Vincent van Gogh's painting The Starry Night.

Dutilleux was born the grandson of organist and composer Julien Koszul, who was onetime director of the Roubaix Conservatoire, a close friend of Gabriel Fauré, and helped foster the career of Albert Roussel. Dutilleux studied at the Douai Conservatoire until 1933 when he enrolled in the Paris Conservatoire. His third Prix de Rome cantata, L'anneau de Roi, won the Premier Prix in 1938, but the outbreak of war curtailed his award. Dutilleux served as a stretcher-bearer, and later as a singing coach at the French opera. It was during the war that Dutilleux began to stake out his reputation as a composer in works such as the Sonatina for flute & piano (1943) and the song Chanson de la deportée (1945). Ever conscious of the quality of his small work list, Dutilleux renounced all of the pieces that predate the Piano Sonata (1946-1948), written for his new bride, pianist Genevieve Joy. At war's end Dutilleux took a job as a producer for the ORTF (French public radio) that he kept until 1963. In this capacity his unit sponsored "radiophonic" pieces by Pierre Schaeffer, Antonín Artaud, and others. As a composer, Dutilleux elected to stay in the background, working hard and patiently waiting his turn.

That recognition came with his Symphony No. 1 (1951), which led to interest in Dutilleux, particularly among performers who have kept a stream of commissions coming his way since then. Among the artists who have had works written for them by Dutilleux are cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, the Juilliard String Quartet, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Swiss conductor Paul Sacher. Many of these works, such as the string quartet Ainsi la nuit (1977), the orchestral pieces The Shadows of Time (1997), and Métaboles (1964), are already regarded as masterworks of Western literature. Read less
Casadesus & Dutilleux: Selected Piano Works / Yudha
Release Date: 09/09/2016   Label: Navona  
Catalog: 6053   Number of Discs: 1
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    Casadesus & Dutilleux: Selected Piano Works / Yudha
    Label: Navona   Catalog: 6053 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Casadesus,  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Cicilia Yudha
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    Le violoncelle au xxe siecle / Bertrand
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 508466 Release Date: 08/19/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux,  Hans Werner Henze,  George Crumb,  György Ligeti  ... 
    Performer:  Emmanuelle Bertrand
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    Dutilleux: Orchestral Works / Morlot, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Seattle Symphony Orchestra   Catalog: 1013 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Xavier Phillips,  Benjamin Richardson,  Kepler Swanson,  Andrew Torgelson  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludovic Morlot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    Dutilleux: Sur le meme accord / Hadelich, Morlot, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Seattle Symphony Orchestra   Catalog: 1012 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Augustin Hadelich,  Michael A. Werner,  Mary Lynch,  Mahan Esfahani  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludovic Morlot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    Un siecle de musique francaise (A Century of French Music)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875192862 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Pierre Boulez,  Claude Debussy,  Erik Satie,  Olivier Messiaen  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Minton,  Gervase de Peyer,  Michel Dalberto,  Daniel Varsano  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Charles Munch,  Seiji Ozawa,  Richard Marlow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musique Vivante,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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    Chopin & Dutilleux: Piano Works / Ancelle
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002399 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Henri Dutilleux
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    Dutilleux: Le loup / Rophe, Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1651 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Vincent le Texier
    Conductor:  Pascal Rophé
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
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    Dutilleux: The Centenary Edition
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 553029 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Joel Esher,  Jordan Swaim,  Rachael Plotkin,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi,  Charles Munch,  Georges Prętre,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sine Nomine String Quartet
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    Tout Un Monde Lointain
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902209 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Emmanuelle Bertrand,  Pascal Amoyel
    Conductor:  James Gaffigan
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    Dutilleux, Lutoslawski: Cello Concertos
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552131 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux,  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Serge Baudo,  Witold Lutoslawski
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    Solitaires / Stott
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2148 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jehan-Ariste Alain,  Henri Dutilleux,  Maurice Ravel,  Olivier Messiaen
    Performer:  Kathryn Stott
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    Dutilleux: Metaboles; L'arbre Des Songes; Symphony No. 2, Le Double
    Label: Seattle Symphony Orchestra   Catalog: 1007 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Augustin Hadelich
    Conductor:  Ludovic Morlot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    Henri Dutilleux: Symphony No. 1; Deux Sonnets De Jean Cassou; Metaboles
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5242 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Paul Armin [Baritone Vocals] Edelmann
    Conductor:  Karl-Heinz Steffens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Seiji Ozawa: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564613951 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin,  Béla Bartók,  Zoltán Kodály  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Alexis Weissenberg,  Michel Béroff,  Masuko Ushioda  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris,  Japan Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Works By Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Dutilleux, Janacek, Beethoven
    Label: Genuin Classics   Catalog: 15341 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Henri Dutilleux,  Leos Janácek,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Jonas Palm,  Philipp HeiB
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    Dutilleux: Metaboles; Sur Le Meme Accord; Symphonie No. 1
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 624244 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
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    La Fauvette Passerinette: A Messiaen Premiere With Birds, Landscapes & Homages
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34141 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen,  Toru Takemitsu,  Peter Sculthorpe,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Hill
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    Moderne
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908710 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Francis Poulenc,  Maurice Ravel,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud,  Jean-Guihen Queyras,  Ronald Van Spaendonck,  Eric Le Sage  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrea Quinn
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    Paroles De Violoncelle
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 99007 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Honegger,  Jacques Ibert,  Henri Sauguet,  André Jolivet  ... 
    Performer:  Christophe Pantillon
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    Dutilleux: Chamber Music With Piano / Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia Soloists
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94738 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Akane Makita,  Andrea Oliva,  Francesco Di Rosa,  Francesco Bossone
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    Dutilleux: Symphony no 1, Tout un Monde Lointain, The Shadows of Time / Phillips, Morlot
    Label: Seattle Symphony Orchestra   Catalog: 1001 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Xavier Phillips,  Benjamin Richardson,  Kepler Swanson,  Andrew Torgelson
    Conductor:  Ludovic Morlot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Henri Dutilleux Edition [6-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002027702 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Olivier Charlier,  Ildikó Vékony,  François Le Roux,  Robert Levin  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Graf,  Semyon Bychkov,  Charles Dutoit,  Alan Gilbert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bordeaux-Aquitaine National Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris,  Bordeaux Aquitaine Orchestra  ... 
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    Bach & Contemporary Music
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 13036 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sofia Gubaidulina,  Arvo Pärt,  Xiaoyong Chen  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandra Sostmann
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  • 24.
    Henri Dutilleux 1916-2013
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 42755 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Bernard Balet,  Maurice Bourgue,  Bernard Cazauran,  Huguette Dreyfus  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Paul Sacher,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Seiji Ozawa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  Collegium Musicum Orchestra,  French National Orchestra  ... 
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  • 25.
    Greatest Cello Concertos / Truls Mork [9-CD Set]
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 158102 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  Mariss Jansons,  Paavo Järvi,  Eiji Oue  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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