Gérard Caussé

Biography

Gérard Caussé is among the few classical violists who maintains an international solo career, and, with Nobuko Imai, is one of the two most significant stars of the instrument since William Primrose. He plays a very old (1560) viola by Gasparo da Salo. Caussé is closely associated with the chamber music of Mozart, who, he says, was the first composer to realize the viola's potential as the "mediator" between the upper and lower voices of the Read more orchestra and the string quartet. He also plays the music of the two Romantic-era composers who most prominently favored the viola, Hector Berlioz and Max Bruch.

However, he is also a particular champion of twentieth-century music, for this is an era when the viola most strongly emerged as a solo instrument. He plays works of Bartók, Britten, Martinu, and Stravinsky, and has had solo works written for him by Grisey, Hersant, Jolas, Lenot, Masson, Nunes, and Reverdy. He was a participant in the world premiere of the string quartet Ainsi la nuit by Henri Dutilleux, commonly ranked with the quartets of Debussy and Ravel as the greatest French works in the form. Caussé has made over 25 compact discs on the major labels EMI, Philips, Erato, and Deutsche Grammophon, and has won the Charles Gros Academy Prize, the Gabriel Fauré Prize, the SACEM Prize, and the French Grand Prix du Disque. Read less

Biography

Gérard Caussé is among the few classical violists who maintains an international solo career, and, with Nobuko Imai, is one of the two most significant stars of the instrument since William Primrose. He plays a very old (1560) viola by Gasparo da Salo. Caussé is closely associated with the chamber music of Mozart, who, he says, was the first composer to realize the viola's potential as the "mediator" between the upper and lower voices of the Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Pastorale. Lento, dolce rubato
II. Interlude. Tempo di Minuetto
III. II. Interlude. Tempo di Minuetto
Suite pour violoncelle seul (à l'alto) No.1 en sol majeur BWV 1007: Prélude
Suite pour violoncelle seul (à l'alto) No.1 en sol majeur BWV 1007: Allemande
Suite pour violoncelle seul (à l'alto) No.1 en sol majeur BWV 1007: Courante
Suite pour violoncelle seul (à l'alto) No.1 en sol majeur BWV 1007: Sarabande
Suite pour violoncelle seul (à l'alto) No.1 en sol majeur BWV 1007: Menuett I & II
Suite pour violoncelle seul (à l'alto) No.1 en sol majeur BWV 1007: Gigue
Suite pour violoncelle seul (à l'alto) No.3 en ut majeur BWV 1009: Préludium
Suite pour violoncelle seul (à l'alto) No.3 en ut majeur BWV 1009: Allemande
Suite pour violoncelle seul (à l'alto) No.3 en ut majeur BWV 1009: Courante
Suite pour violoncelle seul (à l'alto) No.3 en ut majeur BWV 1009: Sarbande
Suite pour violoncelle seul (à l'alto) No.3 en ut majeur BWV 1009: Bourrées I & II
Suite pour violoncelle seul (à l'alto) No.3 en ut majeur BWV 1009: Gigue
Suite pour violoncelle seul (à l'alto) No.6 en ré majeur BWV 1012: Prélude
Suite pour violoncelle seul (à l'alto) No.6 en ré majeur BWV 1012: Allemande
Suite pour violoncelle seul (à l'alto) No.6 en ré majeur BWV 1012: Courante
Suite pour violoncelle seul (à l'alto) No.6 en ré majeur BWV 1012: Sarabande
Suite pour violoncelle seul (à l'alto) No.6 en ré majeur BWV 1012: Gavotte I & II
Suite pour violoncelle seul (à l'alto) No.6 en ré majeur BWV 1012: Gigue
Suite No.2 in D Minor BWV 1008: Prélude
Suite No.2 in D Minor BWV 1008: Allemande
Suite No.2 in D Minor BWV 1008: Courante
Suite No.2 in D Minor BWV 1008: Sarabande
Suite No.2 in D Minor BWV 1008: Minuets I & II
Suite No.2 in D Minor BWV 1008: Gigue
Suite No.4 E flat Major BWV 1010: Prélude (allegro maestoso)
Suite No.4 E flat Major BWV 1010: Allemande (Allegro moderato)
Suite No.4 E flat Major BWV 1010: Courante (Allegro non troppo)
Suite No.4 E flat Major BWV 1010: Sarabande (Lento)
Suite No.4 E flat Major BWV 1010: Bourrée I & II
Suite No.4 E flat Major BWV 1010: Gigue (Vivace)
Suite No.5 in C Minor BWV 1011: Prélude (Adagio - Allegro moderato)
Suite No.5 in C Minor BWV 1011: Allemande (Molto moderato)
Suite No.5 in C Minor BWV 1011: Courante (Allegro non troppo)
Suite No.5 in C Minor BWV 1011: Sarabande (Lento)
Suite No.5 in C Minor BWV 1011: Gavotte I & II
Suite No.5 in C Minor BWV 1011: Gigue (Allegretto)
Quartet for Piano & Strings in C Minor Op.15: I. Allegro molto moderato
Quartet for Piano & Strings in C Minor Op.15: II. Scherzo: Allegro vivo
Quartet for Piano & Strings in C Minor Op.15: III. Adagio
Quartet for Piano & Strings in C Minor Op.15: IV. Allegro molto
Quartet for Piano and Strings No. 2 in G minor Op. 45: Allegro molto moderato
Quartet for Piano and Strings No. 2 in G minor Op. 45: Allegro molto
Quartet for Piano and Strings No. 2 in G minor Op. 45: Adagio non troppo
Quartet for Piano and Strings No. 2 in G minor Op. 45: Allegro molto
Märchenerzählungen pour clarinette, alto & piano Op.132 : I Lebhaft, nicht zu schnell
Märchenerzählungen pour clarinette, alto & piano Op.132 : Lebhaft und sehr markiert
Märchenerzählungen pour clarinette, alto & piano Op.132 : III Ruhiges Tempo, mit zartem Ausdruck
Märchenerzählungen pour clarinette, alto & piano Op.132 : IV Lebhaft, sehr markiert
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor Op. 25: I. Allegro
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor Op. 25: II. Intermezzo. Allegro ma non troppo - Trio: Animato
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor Op. 25: III. Andante con moto
Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25: IV. Rondo alla Zingarese. Presto
Piano Quartet No.3 in C minor Op.60: I Allegro non troppo
Piano Quartet No.3 in C minor Op.60: II Scherzo. Allegro
Piano Quartet No.3 in C minor Op.60: III Andante
Piano Quartet No.3 in C minor Op.60: IV Finale. Allegro comodo
Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major Op.26: I. Allegro non troppo
Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major Op.26: II. Poco adagio
Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major Op.26: III. Scherzo. Poco allegro - Trio
Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major Op.26: IV. Finale. Allegro
Harold in Italy Op. 16: I. Adagio - Allegro me non troppo (Harold in the Mountains)
Harold in Italy Op. 16: II. Allegretto (Procession of Pilgrims)
Harold in Italy Op. 16: III. Allegro assai - Allegretto (Serenade)
Harold in Italy Op. 16: IV. Allegro frenetico (Orgy of the Brigands)
Piano Quintet in A 'The Trout' D667: I. Allegro vivace
Piano Quintet in A 'The Trout' D667: II. Andante
Piano Quintet in A 'The Trout' D667: III. Scherzo (Presto)
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A Major 'The Trout', D. 667: IV. Tema con variazioni
Piano Quintet in A 'The Trout' D667: V. Finale (Allegro giusto)
Carnival of the Animals (Chamber Version): Introduction and Royal March of the Lion
Hens and Cocks
Wild Asses
Tortoises
The Elephant
Kangaroos
Aquarium
Personnages with long ears
The Cuckoo in the heart of the woods
Aviary
Pianists
Fossils
The Swan
Finale
1. Allegro brillante
2. In modo d'una marcia (Un poco largamente)
3. Scherzo (Molto vivace)
4. Allegro, ma non troppo
1. Harold aux montagnes (Adagio - Allegro)
2. Marche des Pèlerins (Allegretto)
3. Sérénade (Allegro assai - Allegretto)
4. Orgie de brigands (Allegro frenetico - Adagio - Allegro, Tempo I)


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