HENRI DUTILLEUX / AN ‘ACCESSIBLE’ GIANT
Along with Messiaen or Boulez, Henri Dutilleux was one of the irrefutable major composers of French contemporary classical music. A native of Angers, who died in 2013, Dutilleux is considered the ‘last of the classic moderns’. He follows in the tradition of Debussy or Ravel because of the ‘poetic clarity’ of his work. He is a composer from the second half of the 20th century whose work can be appreciated equally by the connoisseur or the amateur. Contemporary music that is easy on the ear!
PHILIPPE CASSARD / RENOWNED PIANIST AND MENTOR
Trained at the Conservatoire de Paris, Philippe Cassard is an internationally renowned pianist. A regular collaborator with Natalie Dessay, he has performed around the world. A piano virtuoso, he is also a mentor. Former artistic director of various festivals, he is also a producer at France Musique. Who better therefore to present the work of a contemporary classical composer to the public?
HOMAGE TO DUTILLEUX / AND TO THE MASTER’S MASTERS
In conjunction with the Association Joy-Dutilleux, Philippe Cassard will give an exceptional concert in homage to Dutilleux at Fontevraud. Rather than a typical recital of the works of the master, the pianist has chosen to place his work in the line of composers who inspired him. The works of Chopin, Fauré, Ravel and Debussy will sit side by side with those of Dutilleux at the Royal Abbey.