Today is the day when Henri Dutilleux would have turned 100.
For me, there are no words to properly account for his influence. My thinking, my music, and my sense of standards have all been incalculably improved since Alex Freeman first introduced me to Dutilleux’s work back when I was still an undergrad at Carleton College.
Today, I hope you’ll join me in remembering this magnificent musician by listening to his music with me.
A short trailer for a recording of his work by Esa-Pekka Salonen,Barbara Hannigan, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (so you can see the man himself) along with some of my favorite performances are linked below.