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Charles Dutoit

Charles Dutoit is one of the world's leading conductors, especially noted for his performances of French, Russian, and 20th Century music.

His family background is diverse; Dutoit is Swiss-French on his father's side, and English-German-Brazilian on his mother's. As a boy he studied violin, viola, piano, and drums. He became interested in conducting, and was in a position to watch Ernst Ansermet conduct L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, including attending his rehearsals. In his career, Dutoit's strongest repertory has remained the sorts of compositions favored by Ansermet.

He attended the Conservatories at Lausanne, where he studied violin, piano, and conducting and at Geneva (viola and orchestral conducting). He graduated in 1958 with a diploma in conducting, then went for further studies with Alceo Galliera at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and at the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello in Venice. He attended the 1959 conducting course at Tanglewood in Massachusetts.

In the autumn of 1959 he started as an orchestral violist with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. He began conducting student choirs and orchestras, and beginning in 1959 began to guest conduct the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and the Suisse Romande.

From 1964 through 1966 he had a post as a staff conductor at Radio Zürich, and from 1965 into 1967 was a ballet conductor at the Vienna State Opera. One of his most memorable performances there was of Falla's El sombrero de tres picos, of which he later made a brilliant compact disc. He also conducted Nuryeyev's production of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.

In 1967 he became Music Director of the Bern Symphony Orchestra, which he had first conducted in 1963. He remained in that position through 1977. During this period he was also Artistic Director of the Zürich Radio Orchestra and of the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico.

In 1977 he obtained the major appointment of his career, as Music Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He quickly elevated it to membership among the higher ranking symphony orchestras in the world. Québec's French culture made Montreal a congenial place for Dutoit, due to his strength in French-related repertory. But he also improved the orchestra's scheduling of the Classical Era, particularly the symphonies of Haydn. He is also noted for programming new Canadian, especially Quebecois, music.

At the beginning of the CD era Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony formed an association with London Records (Decca, outside North America). Dutoit was one of the first artists to insist that his CDs should use the new medium's full time capacity, and he became one of the most popular conductors on silver discs, and is known as "Mr. C.D." Aided by the excellent sound London obtained by using the Church of St. Eustache as a recording venue, Dutoit and the Montréal soon became regarded as the world's finest "French" orchestra.

He also has a close relationship with the Philadelphia Orchestra, serving as its summer series' music director. He made his Metropolitan Opera conducting debut in 1987.

In 1990 he was appointed Musical Director of the Orchestre National de France, and in 1996 became Principal Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo.

He was instrumental in solving a financial crisis and strike at the orchestra in 1998, and soon after that aroused international excitement by resuming his artistic partnership with pianist Martha Argerich, his former wife. ~ Joseph Stevenson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra; Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

Title: Concerto For Orchestra, Sz. 116, Bb 127

1. Concerto For Orchestra, Sz. 116, Bb 127: I. Introduzione: Andante Non Troppo

2. Concerto For Orchestra, Sz. 116, Bb 127: II. Giuoco Delle Coppie; Allegretto Scherzando

3. Concerto For Orchestra, Sz. 116, Bb 127: III. Elegia: Andante, Non Troppo

4. Concerto For Orchestra, Sz. 116, Bb 127: IV. Intermezzo Interrotto, Allegretto

5. Concerto For Orchestra, Sz. 116, Bb 127: V. Finale: Pesante - Presto

Title: Music For Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz. 106, Bb 114

6. Music For Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz. 106, Bb 114: I. Andante Tranquillo

7. Music For Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz. 106, Bb 114: II. Allegro

8. Music For Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz. 106, Bb 114: III. Adagio

9. Music For Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz. 106, Bb 114: IV. Allegro Molto

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Track List: Berlioz: Les Troyens

Disc 1
Title: Les Troyens, Opera, H. 133a
Disc 2
Disc 3
Disc 4
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Track List: Bizet: Carmen - Suites 1 & 2, L'arlesienne - Suites 1 & 2

Title: L' Arlésienne, Suite For Orchestra No. 1, From The Incidental Music

1. L' Arlésienne, Suite For Orchestra No. 1, From The Incidental Music: Ia. Prélude

2. L' Arlésienne, Suite For Orchestra No. 1, From The Incidental Music: II. Minuet

3. L' Arlésienne, Suite For Orchestra No. 1, From The Incidental Music: III. Adagietto

4. L' Arlésienne, Suite For Orchestra No. 1, From The Incidental Music: IV. Carillion

Title: L' Arlésienne, Suite For Orchestra No. 2, From The Incidental Music (Arranged By Ernest Guirard)

5. L' Arlésienne, Suite For Orchestra No. 2, From The Incidental Music (Arranged By Ernest Guirard): I. Pastorale

6. L' Arlésienne, Suite For Orchestra No. 2, From The Incidental Music (Arranged By Ernest Guirard): II. Intermezzo

7. L' Arlésienne, Suite For Orchestra No. 2, From The Incidental Music (Arranged By Ernest Guirard): III. Minuet

8. L' Arlésienne, Suite For Orchestra No. 2, From The Incidental Music (Arranged By Ernest Guirard): IV. Farandole

Title: Carmen Suite For Orchestra No. 1 (Assembled By Ernest Guirard)

9. Carmen Suite For Orchestra No. 1 (Assembled By Ernest Guirard): I. Prelude - Aragonaise

10. Carmen Suite For Orchestra No. 1 (Assembled By Ernest Guirard): III. Intermezzo

11. Carmen Suite For Orchestra No. 1 (Assembled By Ernest Guirard): IV. Sequidilla

12. Carmen Suite For Orchestra No. 1 (Assembled By Ernest Guirard): V. Les Dragons D'Alcala

13. Carmen Suite For Orchestra No. 1 (Assembled By Ernest Guirard): V. Les Dragons D'Alcala

Title: Carmen Suite For Orchestra No. 2 (Assembled By Ernest Guirard)

14. Carmen Suite For Orchestra No. 2 (Assembled By Ernest Guirard): I. Marche Des Contrebandlers

15. Carmen Suite For Orchestra No. 2 (Assembled By Ernest Guirard): II. Habanera

16. Carmen Suite For Orchestra No. 2 (Assembled By Ernest Guirard): III. Nocturne

17. Carmen Suite For Orchestra No. 2 (Assembled By Ernest Guirard): IV. Chanson Du Toreador

18. Carmen Suite For Orchestra No. 2 (Assembled By Ernest Guirard): V. Garde Montante

19. Carmen Suite For Orchestra No. 2 (Assembled By Ernest Guirard): VI. Danse Boheme

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Track List: Faure: Requiem, Op. 48; Pelleas et Melisande, Suite, Op. 80; Pavane, Op. 50

Title: Requiem, For 2 Solo Voices, Chorus, Organ & Orchestra, Op. 48

1. Requiem, For 2 Solo Voices, Chorus, Organ & Orchestra, Op. 48: I. Introit

2. Requiem, For 2 Solo Voices, Chorus, Organ & Orchestra, Op. 48: III. Offertoire

3. Requiem, For 2 Solo Voices, Chorus, Organ & Orchestra, Op. 48: IV. Sanctus

4. Requiem, For 2 Solo Voices, Chorus, Organ & Orchestra, Op. 48: V. Pie Jesu

5. Requiem, For 2 Solo Voices, Chorus, Organ & Orchestra, Op. 48: VI. Agnus Dei

6. Requiem, For 2 Solo Voices, Chorus, Organ & Orchestra, Op. 48: VII. Libera Me

7. Requiem, For 2 Solo Voices, Chorus, Organ & Orchestra, Op. 48: VIII. In Paradisum

Title: Pelléas Et Mélisande, Incidental Music And Suite For Orchestra, Op. 80

8. Pelléas Et Mélisande, Incidental Music And Suite For Orchestra, Op. 80: I. Prélude

9. Pelléas Et Mélisande, Incidental Music And Suite For Orchestra, Op. 80: II. Fileuse

10. Pelléas Et Mélisande, Incidental Music And Suite For Orchestra, Op. 80: III. Sicilienne

11. Pelléas Et Mélisande, Incidental Music And Suite For Orchestra, Op. 80: IV. La Mort De Mélisande

Title: Pavane, For Orchestra & Chorus Ad Lib In F Sharp Minor, Op. 50

12. Pavane, For Orchestra & Chorus Ad Lib In F Sharp Minor, Op. 50: Pavane

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Track List: Franck/D'Indy: Symphonies

Composer: César Franck
Title: Symphony In D Minor, Op. 48

1. Symphony In D Minor, Op. 48: I. Lento - Allegro Ma Non Troppo - Allegro

2. Symphony In D Minor, Op. 48: Allegretto

3. Symphony In D Minor, Op. 48: III. Allegro Non Troppo

Composer: Vincent d'Indy
Title: Symphony On A French Mountain Air For Piano & Orchestra, Op. 25

4. Symphony On A French Mountain Air For Piano & Orchestra, Op. 25: I. Assez Lent - Modérément Animé

5. Symphony On A French Mountain Air For Piano & Orchestra, Op. 25: II. Assez Modéré, Mais Sans Lenteur

6. Symphony On A French Mountain Air For Piano & Orchestra, Op. 25: III. Animé

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Track List: Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Night on the Bare Mountain

Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
Title: Khovanshchina, Opera In 5 Acts, Edited By Rimsky-korsakov

1. Khovanshchina, Opera In 5 Acts, Edited By Rimsky-korsakov: 1. Prelude

Title: St. John's Night On The Bare Mountain (Ivanova Noch' Na Lisoy Gore), Symphonic Poem For Orchestra

2. St. John's Night On The Bare Mountain (Ivanova Noch' Na Lisoy Gore), Symphonic Poem For Orchestra: Night On The Bare Mountain

Composer: Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
Title: Russian Easter Festival Overture (Svetlïy Pazdnik), For Orchestra, Op. 36

3. Russian Easter Festival Overture (Svetlïy Pazdnik), For Orchestra, Op. 36: Russian Easter Festival Overture

Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
Title: Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Ravel

4. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Ravel: Promenade; Gnomus

5. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Ravel: Promenade; The Old Castle

6. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Ravel: III. Promenade - Tuileries

7. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Ravel: IV. Bydlo - Promenade

8. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Ravel: IX. Ballet Of The Chicks In Their Shells

9. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Ravel: X. Samuel Goldenberg And Schmuyle

10. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Ravel: XI. The Marketplace At Limoges

11. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Ravel: XII. Catacombae, Sepulchrum Romanum

12. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Ravel: XIV. The Hut On Fowl's Legs

13. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Ravel: XV. The Great Gate Of Kiev

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