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Henri Dutilleux

Born: 22nd January 1916, Angers, France

Died: 22nd May 2013, Paris, France

Nationality: French

Henri Paul Julien Dutilleux was a French composer active mainly in the second half of the 20th century. His small body of published 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), the string quartet Ainsi la nuit (Thus the night) and a sonatine for flute and piano. 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.

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Recording of the Week, The Takács Quartet perform string quartets by Ravel, Dutilleux, and Stephen Hough

Stylish and refined performances of two pillars of the twentieth-century French quartet repertoire sit alongside a newly-composed gem by Stephen Hough.

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