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08 February 2008
Audiences in Cardiff, and throughout the UK via BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, will soon have the chance to hear music by one of the world’s major living composers.
The School of Music in collaboration with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales will mount a unique celebration of the music of Henri Dutilleux at a festival weekend (15-17 February) in the presence of the composer.
The festival, Discovering Dutilleux, will explore some of the nonagenarian composer’s most important orchestral and chamber works in a weekend of concerts and talks at the University Concert Hall and St David’s Hall. In acknowledgment of the originality, quality and international significance of the composer’s oeuvre, Cardiff University is to confer Dutilleux with an Honorary Fellowship during the festival.
Dr Caroline Rae, School of Music said: "The School of Music is delighted to be involved in a new collaboration with the BBC on this groundbreaking venture with the National Orchestra of Wales. The orchestra’s Senior Producer Tim Thorne is to be congratulated on his outstanding initiative in programming music by one of the world’s major living composers.
"For those who may be wary of modern music, they need have no fear where Dutilleux is concerned. His warm colouristic music richly celebrates luxuriance of sound, melody and texture in a way that acknowledges the past but is supremely of our time. Dutilleux ranks among the greats of French music and is a true inheritor of the tradition stemming from Debussy and Ravel."
The School of Music will host two chamber music concerts at the University Concert Hall and two afternoons of talks and discussion investigating Dutilleux’s music with BBCNOW’s Principal Conductor, Thierry Fischer, as well as leading composers, performers and writers on music, all of whom have worked with Dutilleux. The events will be led by Roger Nichols, one of the UK’s leading specialists on the composer and on French music.
At the centre of the weekend’s events, Thierry Fischer, BBC NOW’s Principal conductor, and the Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor Jac van Steen will conduct two concerts of Dutilleux’s music alongside works by Debussy, Ravel and Bartók with Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan, Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams and French cellist Gautier Capuçon.
Tickets and further information on the festival are available from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Audience Line on 0800 052 1812.
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