Personalities | Henri Dutilleux | Contemporary | Classical
(On-re’ Dü-te-yö’) 1916–2013
Despite success as a young composer, Dutilleux disowned almost his entire oeuvre before the Piano Sonata (1946–48). He followed a very different path from his compatriot Boulez, and his two symphonies (1950–51 and 1955–59) exhibit strong links with the traditional Germanic form. Variation was a key feature of Dutilleux’s music, but he tended not to expose an idea in its bare form initially, instead allowing it to reveal itself gradually during the course of the work. He was particularly interested in symmetrical forms, such as palindromes. Dutilleux’s words were beautifully colourful and always crafted with poise.
Cello Concerto ‘Tout un monde lointain’, Mstislav Rostropovich, Paris Orchestra (cond) Serge Baudo (EMI/Warner)
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