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Henri Dutilleux (22 January 1916 – 22 May 2013) was a French composer active mainly in the second half of the 20th century. His work, which garnered international acclaim, followed in the tradition of Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, and Albert Roussel, 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) and the string quartet Ainsi la nuit (Thus the night). 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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Recent Dutilleux releases

Siecle: French music for cello
Siecle: French music for cello

£12.95

(Onyx)

Shaping the Century Vol.2: 1950-2000
Shaping the Century Vol.2: 1950-2000

£99.95

(Deutsche Grammophon)

Parisian Inspirations
Parisian Inspirations

£12.95

(Bridge)

Dutilleux - Symphony no.2 ‘Le Double’
Dutilleux - Symphony no.2 ‘Le Double’

£8.50

(Naxos)