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: Symphony No. 2
Release Date: 03/10/2017   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573596   Number of Discs: 1
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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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Dutilleux: Musique de Chambre
Release Date: 06/23/2017   Label: Imports  
Catalog: 15   Number of Discs: 1
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    Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe / Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra [Blu-ray]
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: LSO3038 Release Date: 07/07/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Henri Dutilleux,  Maurice Delage
    Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos,  Julia Bullock
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Siecle / Elschenbroich, BBC Scottish Symphony
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4173 Release Date: 06/30/2017  
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux,  Olivier Messiaen,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Elschenbroich,  Alexei Grynyuk
    Conductor:  John Wilson,  Stefan Blunier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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    Dutilleux: Musique de Chambre
    Label: Imports   Catalog: 15 Release Date: 06/23/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Fany Maselli,  Sebastien Vichard,  Magali Mosnier,  Nora Cismondi  ... 
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    Melancolies / LeBlanc
    Label: Leaf Music Inc   Catalog: 209 Release Date: 04/21/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  César Franck,  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Julien LeBlanc
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    Mstislav Rostropovich: Cellist of the Century
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 559857 Release Date: 03/24/2017   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolay Myaskovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Alexander Dedyukhin,  Alexander Dedyuhkin,  David Oistrakh  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Sir Adrian Boult,  George Szell,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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    Dutilleux: Symphony No. 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573596 Release Date: 03/10/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Conductor:  Darrell Ang
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille National Orchestra
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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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    Georges Pretre: The Symphonic Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 557140 Release Date: 09/02/2016   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Darius Milhaud,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Joseph Jongen  ... 
    Conductor:  Georges Prętre
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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   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   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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  • 13.
    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   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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  • 20.
    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,  Paris Orchestra,  Japan Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Cantilena Ii / Baldvinsson, Romero
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25126 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles-Marie Widor,  Cécile Louise Chaminade,  Henri Dutilleux,  Otar Vasil'yevich Taktaki  ... 
    Performer:  Patricia Romero,  Odinn Baldvinsson
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  • 23.
    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:  Paris Orchestra
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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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