In 2016, the music world is going to celebrate the 100th anniversary of one of the greatest French composers, Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013), who won the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007, when pour Jury still functioned under the name MIDEM Classical Awards.
ICMA partner Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire and Pascal Rophé, their Music Director since 2014, are already working on this event. Dutilleux shared his life between Paris and La Loire’s river banks near Angers. The orchestra just recorded a set of rare and unknown pieces by Dutilleux for the Swedish label BIS with four world premiere recordings: Trois tableaux symphoniques and excerpts from a movie score, La fille du diable, Quatre mélodies with orchestra and a third Sonnet de Jean Cassou. A complete recording on the dazzling and rare Le Loup Ballet will open this programme.
The recording session took place early in July in Nantes. This recording will be released in January 2016.
This new recording and first collaboration with BIS Records is a strong symbol of all new projects initiated by Pascal Rophé to focus the Orchestre National des pays de la Loire on French orchestral repertoire from the 19th Century until nowadays.
ONPL is currently in big turbulences, after the threat of Maine-et-Loire’s Council Departement (a part of the region Pays de la Loire) to cut unilaterally its budget share from the 1st of January 2016.