Armin Jordan

Biography

Born: April 9, 1932; Lucerne, Switzerland   Died: September 20, 2006; Zurich, Switzerland  
Armin Jordan has achieved a reputation for a high order of competence in a broad and varied repertory. As director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande from 1985 to 1997, he found himself in the international spotlight through tours and the numerous recordings he made with the orchestra. He is also likely the only maestro to have acted (Amfortas) in a film (Parsifal) whose soundtrack he was conducting. Indeed, his career entered a new phase Read more through his work as a Wagner conductor at Seattle and in Paris, dispelling notions that his abilities were best confined to the French repertory. After studies in Lausanne and Geneva, Jordan began his career in 1957 in a traditional manner as an assistant conductor at the town theater in Biel. By 1963, he had advanced to principal conductor at the Zürich Opera and remained there until 1968. From 1968 to 1971, he served as principal conductor at the Théâtre de Saint Gall and from 1971 to 1989, he was principal conductor at Basle. From 1973 to 1985, Jordan was also music director of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and toured America with that ensemble in 1983. From 1985 to 1997, he served as chief conductor of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva and devoted himself extensively to that orchestra; under his leadership, the Geneva orchestra toured the United States and Japan on five different occasions. From 1986 to 1993, he also held the position of principal guest conductor of the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. By the mid-'90s, European opera performances had taken Jordan to Lyon, Nancy, Bordeaux, the Monnaie in Brussels, Munich, Hamburg, and Vienna, as well as to the Grand Théâtre in Geneva. His repertory grew to embrace works by Mozart, Berg, Puccini, Shostakovich, Strauss, and Wagner, as well as Massenet and Debussy. After making his American operatic debut at Seattle in 1985, Jordan conducted at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York and at the Metropolitan Opera. In August 2000, Jordan collapsed from pneumonia while conducting Wagner's Ring and subsequently withdrew from the company's 2001 Ring. Guest appearances with other symphony orchestras also figured into Jordan's career during and after his years in Geneva. Paris, Holland, Zürich, and Monte Carlo were among the venues visited. Read less

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Born: April 9, 1932; Lucerne, Switzerland   Died: September 20, 2006; Zurich, Switzerland  
Armin Jordan has achieved a reputation for a high order of competence in a broad and varied repertory. As director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande from 1985 to 1997, he found himself in the international spotlight through tours and the numerous recordings he made with the orchestra. He is also likely the only maestro to have acted (Amfortas) in a film (Parsifal) whose soundtrack he was conducting. Indeed, his career entered a new phase Read more
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Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Introduction -
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring - Dances of the Young Girls -
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of Abduction -
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds -
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the River Tribes -
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Sage -
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: The Sage -
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth
Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction -
Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls -
Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One -
Part II: The Sacrifice: Evocation of the Ancestors -
Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors -
Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance
I. Introduction
II. "Allô, allô?"
III. "Allô ! c'est toi?"
IV. "Hier soir, je me suis couchée tout de suite"
V. "Allô, chéri?Si on coupe, redemande-moi tout de suite"
VI. "Quelle comédie ?"
VII. "Souviens-toi du dimanche de Versailles"
VIII. "Demain ? Je ne savais pas que c'était si rapide"
IX. "Allô?et comme ça"
X. "Oh ! non, mon chéri, surtout ne me regarde pas"
XI. "Allô, allô, Mademoiselle"
XII. "Allô ! Ah ! Chéri, c'est toi?"
XIII. "Hier soir, j'ai voulu prendre un comprimé"
XIV. "Il était quatre heures du matin"
XV. "Allô ! J'entends de la musique?"
XVI. "Pardonne-moi, je sais que cette scène est intolérable"
XVII. "Avant-hier soir ? J'ai dormi"
XVIII. "Allô, allô, Madame, retirez-vous"
XIX. "Sois tranquille. On ne se suicide pas deux fois"
XX. "Allô !...Allô !...Mon Dieu, faites qu'il redemande"
XXI. "Alors, voilà?J'allais dire machinalement: à tout de suite"
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11: I. Allegro maestoso
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11: II. Romanze - Larghetto
Chopin : Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op.11 : III Rondo - Vivace
Chopin : Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21 : I Maestoso
Chopin : Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21 : II Larghetto
Chopin : Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21 : III Allegro vivace
Haydn: Miseri noi! Misera patria! - "Miseri noi, misera patria"
Haydn: Miseri noi! Misera patria! - "Funesto orror di morte"
Scheherazade - Symphonic Suite Op. 35: I. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
Scheherazade - Symphonic Suite Op. 35: II. The Story of the Kalendar Prince
Scheherazade - Symphonic Suite Op. 35: III. The Young Prince and the Young Princess
Scheherazade - Symphonic Suite Op. 35: IV. The Festival at Baghdad - The Sea - The Ship goes to pieces on a Rock surmounted by a Bronze Warrior
No. 1. La fleur des eaux
No. 2. Interlude
No. 3. La mort de l'amour
No. 1. Asie
No. 2. La flute enchantee
No. 3. L'indifferent
Symphony No.3 in D Minor: I.Kräftig. Entschieden
Symphony No.3 in D Minor: II.Tempo di menuetto. Sehr mässig
Symphony No.3 in D Minor: III.Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast
Symphony No.3 in D Minor: IV. Sehr lanngsam, Misterioso. Durchaus ppp
Symphony No.3 in D Minor: V. Lustig in Tempo und keck im Ausdruck
Lyrische Sinfonie, Op.18: V.Feurig und kraftvoll
Lyrische Sinfonie, Op.18: VI.Sehr mäßige Viertel
Lyrische Sinfonie, Op.18: VII.Molto adagio


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