Portrait
Henri Dutilleux

Henri Dutilleux was born in Angers, France, on 22 January 1916 into family deeply devoted to the arts. During his grammar school education, he studied piano, harmony and counterpoint with Victor Gallois at the Douai Conservatory. From 1933-1938 he attended the classes of Jean and Noël Gallon (harmony and counterpoint), Henri-Paul Busser (composition) and Maurice Emmanuel (history of music) at the Paris Conservatoire. After a little more than a year's service as medical orderly in the army, Dutilleux ended up, in 1940, back in Paris, where he worked as a pianist, arranger and teacher. In 1942, he conducted the choir of the Paris Opera. From 1945 to 1963 he worked as Head of Music Production at the ORTF (French Broadcasting Service), a post from which he later resigned to concentrate on his own work as a composer.  He was appointed as Professor of Composition at the École Normale de Musique in Paris from 1961 to 1970, and taught at the Paris Conservatoire as an associate professor from 1970 to 1971.

André Jolivet, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc and Georges Auric came to be amongst his personal acquaintances, though Dutilleux has always strictly refused to join groups or musical schools or even to be regarded as belonging to a particular group.  He composed symphonic works, solo concertos (cello, violin), chamber music and ballet scores which, since writing his first symphony in 1951, have secured him an international reputation.

He was awarded many prizes: in 1938 the "Grand Prix de Rome", in 1967 in France the "Grand Prix National de la Musique", and in 1994 the "Praemium Imperiale" for the body of his work. Dutilleux was a Member of the Conseil International de la Musique of the UNESCO, is an associate Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium and also - since 1981 - an Honorary Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in New York. Since 1946 he has been married to the pianist Geneviève Joy.

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Yaer / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1944 Priere pour nous autres charnels 4.00 stars out of 5.00 stars CD
Comments:
Orchestration of songs by Jehan Alain

Martyn Hill - Tenor
Neal Davis - baritone
BBC Philharmonic cond. Yan Pascal Tortelier

1953 Le Loup 4.00 stars out of 5.00 stars LP
Henri Dutilleux - Le Loup Comments:
Symphonic Fragments from the complete ballet.
Plot by Jean Anouilh

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra cond. George Prêtre
1953 Le Loup 4.00 stars out of 5.00 stars 2CD
Henri Dutilleux - Le Loup Comments:
Same recording as above
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra cond. George Prêtre
1954 Deux sonnets de Jean Cassou 4.00 stars out of 5.00 stars CD
Comments:
Neal Davis - baritone
BBC Philharmonic cond. Yan Pascal Tortelier
1959 Symphonie No 2 Le Double 5.00 stars out of 5.00 stars LP
Henri Dutilleux - Symphonie No 2 Le Double Comments:
His second symphony is one of the most underrated works from the 20th century. I wonder if this music is more powerful than Le Sacre du Printemps? Try to listen. But get the old recording by The Lamoureux Orchestra and conductor Charles Munch.
The newer cd with Semyon Bychkov demolishes the music. It is not played by musicians but by accountants.
1959 Symphonie No 2 Le Double 5.00 stars out of 5.00 stars CD
Henri Dutilleux - Métaboles Comments:
The same recording as above, but remastered for CD
1959 Symphonie No 2 Le Double 5.00 stars out of 5.00 stars CD
Henri Dutilleux - Métaboles Comments:
See above.
1959 Symphonie No 2 Le Double 5.00 stars out of 5.00 stars 2CD
Henri Dutilleux - Le Loup Comments:
A very tame interpretation

Orchestra National du Capitole de Toulouse cond. Michel Plasson

1964 Métaboles 3.00 stars out of 5.00 stars CD
Henri Dutilleux - Métaboles Comments:
Orchestre de Paris cond. Semyon Bychkov

Not a favorite recording.
1964 Métaboles 4.00 stars out of 5.00 stars CD
Henri Dutilleux - Métaboles Comments:
Orchestre National de l'ORTF cond Charles Munch
1964 Métaboles 4.00 stars out of 5.00 stars 2CD
Henri Dutilleux - Le Loup Comments:
Orchestra National du Capitole de Toulouse cond. Michel Plasson
1964 Métaboles 4.00 stars out of 5.00 stars BD-R
Comments:
London Symphony Orchestra cond. Simon Rattle

Recorded from Mezzo TV

1970 Tout un Monde Lointain 4.50 stars out of 5.00 stars 2CD
Henri Dutilleux - Le Loup Comments:
Mstislav Rostropovitch - Cello
Orchestre de Paris cond. Serde Baudo
1977 Timbres, Espace, Mouvement , avec interlude 4.00 stars out of 5.00 stars CD
Comments:
BBC Philharmonic cond. Yan Pascal Tortelier
1977 Timbres, Espace, Mouvement , ou La nuit étoilée 3.50 stars out of 5.00 stars CD
Henri Dutilleux - Timbres, Espace, Mouvement ou Comments:
Orchestre de Paris cond. Semyon Bychov
1985 L'Arbre des Songes 4.50 stars out of 5.00 stars CD
Comments:
Olivier Charlier - Violin
BBC Philharmonic cond. Yan Pascal Tortelier
1985 L'Arbre des Songes 4.50 stars out of 5.00 stars 2CD
Henri Dutilleux - Le Loup Comments:
Renaud Capucon - Violin
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France cond. Myung-Whun Chung
1985 L'Arbre des Songes 4.50 stars out of 5.00 stars BD-R
Comments:
Leonidas Kavakos - Violin
London Symphony Orchestra cond. Simon Rattle

Recorded from Mezzo TV

1997 The Shadow of Time 4.00 stars out of 5.00 stars 2CD
Henri Dutilleux - Le Loup Comments:

Orchestra National du Capitole de Toulouse cond. Michel Plasson

Les Heures 
Ariel Malefique 
Memoire des Ombres 
Interlude 
Vagues de Lumiere 
2002 Sur le même accord 4.00 stars out of 5.00 stars CD
Comments:
Anne-Sophie Mutter - Violin
Orchestre National de France cond. Kurt Masur
Compilation Complete Piano Music 4.00 stars out of 5.00 stars CD
Henri Dutilleux Comments:
Au gre des ondes (1946)
Bergerie (1946)
Piano Sonata (1947-1948)
Blackbird (1950)
Tous les chemins (1961)
Figures de resonances (1965)
Three Preludes (1973)
Petit air a domir debout (1981)
Mini prelude en eventail (1987)

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