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HENRI DUTILLEUX DIES AGED 97
Music veteran was honoured in his final year
The veteran composer Henri Dutilleux died yesterday (22 May) at the age of 97. Known as a musical perfectionist, he leaves a highly distinguished catalogue of works.
His 97th birthday on 22 January this year was celebrated with the release of a world premiere recording of his Correspondances for soprano and orchestra, along with new recordings of his extraordinary five-part cello concerto, Tout un monde lointain, and the orchestral piece The Shadows of Time for orchestra and three children’s voices. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, with soloists Barbara Hannigan and Anssi Karttunen.
Appraising Tout un monde lointain in the Guardian, Tom Service wrote: “It’s music of sumptuous but rigorous splendour, music whose sheer attractiveness belies the refinement of Dutilleux’s harmonic and structural imagination, and which seduces you into a faraway world of heightened feeling. I defy you not to be won over by this music.”