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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
Dutilleux: Orchestral, Piano & Chamber Masterworks
Release Date: 09/11/2012   Label: Virgin Classics  
Catalog: 19364   Number of Discs: 5
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Laureate Series, Piano - Dutilleux / John Chen
Release Date: 01/30/2007   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557823   Number of Discs: 1
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Debussy, Dutilleux, Ravel: String Quartets / Arcanto Quartet
Release Date: 09/14/2010   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902067   Number of Discs: 1
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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:  Jean-Guihen Queyras,  Alexandre Tharaud,  Ronald Van Spaendonck,  Eric Le Sage  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrea Quinn
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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,  Kepler [Boy Soprano] Swanson,  Benjamin [Boy Soprano] Richardson,  Andrew [Boy Soprano] Torgelson
    Conductor:  Ludovic Morlot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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  • 6.
    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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    12 Hommages Á Paul Sacher Pour Violoncelle / Demenga
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 9445234 Release Date: 03/04/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Heinz Holliger,  Benjamin Britten,  Cristobal Halffter,  Witold Lutoslawski  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Demenga,  Patrick Demenga,  Pierpaolo Toso,  Françoise Schiltknecht  ... 
    Conductor:  Jürg Wyttenbach
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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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  • 9.
    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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  • 10.
    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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    Anne-Catherine Heinzmann Plays Poulenc, Hindemith, Dutilleux, Muczynski, Martin
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 92667 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Paul Hindemith,  Henri Dutilleux,  Robert Muczynski  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Catherine Heinzmann,  Thomas Hoppe
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  • 12.
    Chopin & Dutilleux: Complete Preludes
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 61 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Alexandra Dariescu
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  • 13.
    The World Of The Oboe
    Label: Oboe Classics   Catalog: 2026 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Napoléon Coste,  Robert Schumann,  Pam Wedgewood,  Ennio Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  Marios Argiros,  Dimitris Dekavallas,  Jeremy Polmear,  Diana Ambache  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (Membe
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    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vol 7: 2000-2010
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 12004 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Richard Strauss,  Alphons Diepenbrock,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Vesko Eschkenazy,  Godfried Hoogeveen,  Lars Vogt,  Jorgen Van Rijen  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder,  Lorin Maazel,  Claus Peter Flor,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Debussy, Ravel, Dutilleux: String Quartets / Juilliard Quartet
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802159 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Henri Dutilleux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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    Dutilleux: Correspondances / Salonen, Radio France
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001794402 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Barbara Hannigan,  Anssi Karttunen
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
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    A French Recital / Sebastian Klinger, Milana Chernyavska
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 856 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Henri Dutilleux,  César Franck
    Performer:  Sebastian Klinger,  Milana Chernyavska
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    Frederic Rosselet
    Label: Yarlung Records   Catalog: 7498 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  György Ligeti,  Henri Dutilleux,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Luciano Berio
    Performer:  Frederic Rosselet
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    Icon - John Ogdon
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4637 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Paul Dukas,  Henri Dutilleux,  Florent Schmitt,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  John Ogdon
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Lawrence Foster,  Paavo Berglund,  John Pritchard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Dutilleux: Orchestral, Piano & Chamber Masterworks
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 19364 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Aude Guirai,  Timothee Collardot,  Sarah Lecolle,  Truls Otterbech Mork  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Jean-Claude Casadesus,  Georges Prętre  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  French Radio New Philharmonic Orchestra,  Champs-Élysées Theater Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Poulenc, Martin, Widor, Dutilleux, Sancan, Debussy  / Mathieu Dufour, Pascal Roge
    Label: Cryston   Catalog: 81082 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Pierre Sancan,  Henri Dutilleux  ... 
    Performer:  Mathieu Dufour,  Pascal Rogé
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  • 22.
    Veress: Concerto Pour Piano; Dutilleux: Mystere De L'instant; Bartok: Divertimento / Holliger, Varjon, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Claves   Catalog: 1113 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sándor Veress,  Henri Dutilleux,  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Dénes Várjon
    Conductor:  Heinz Holliger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Afternoon In Pan's Labyrinth
    Label: Nosag Records   Catalog: 185 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Jules Mouquet,  Albert Roussel,  Georges Hüe  ... 
    Performer:  Kinga Práda,  Stefan Lindgren
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    Poemes / Renee Fleming, Alan Gilbert, Seiji Ozawa
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001654302 Release Date: 03/06/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Olivier Messiaen,  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Renée Fleming
    Conductor:  Alan Gilbert,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Label: Decca   Catalog: 975921 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Olivier Messiaen,  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Renée Fleming
    Conductor:  Alan Gilbert,  Seiji Ozawa
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