- Dr Caroline Potterpresenter
An introduction to Henri Dutilleux and his music with Dr Caroline Potter of Kingston University.
The music of Henri Dutilleux, who died in 2013 aged 97 and whose centenary is celebreated in 2016, provides a vital link between the worlds of Debussy, Ravel, Bartók and Stravinsky and the 21st century. Irridescent, meticulously crafted, yet deeply human, often inspired by poetry and art, Dutilleux’s works transport us to other worlds. He believed in composition as a near-mystical calling; eschewing ideological dogma and fashionable practice, he painstakingly constructed pieces that balance intellectual rigour with sheer beauty.
‘I’m convinced,’ wrote Dutilleux in 1951, ‘that one can compose symphonic works which are unified like those of the past and open like those of the present.’ For this Total Immersion day we’re joined by virtuoso cellist Alban Gerhardt, who’ll perform the visionary concerto Tout un monde lontain, and conductor Pascal Rophé who takes on Dutilleux’s greatest orchestral works and his heart-breaking The Shadows of Time, inspired by the diaries of Anne Frank.
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