Jean Fournet

Biography

Born: April 14, 1913; Rouen, France   Died: November 3, 2008; Weesp  
Methodical, unflappable (he is said to have seldom raised his voice), and subtle in the ways of the French repertory, Jean Fournet saw his career extend over an extraordinarily long period. After having established himself in his native country, he proved a welcome addition to opera companies in America, where the French style had become something of a lost art. Beyond stage work, he proved, both early and late, a persuasive interpreter of the Read more French symphonic literature. After studies at the Paris Conservatoire, Fournet made his debut in his native city in 1936; two years later, he was engaged by Rouen on a permanent basis. In 1940, he moved to Marseilles and, beginning in 1944, presided over the Paris Opéra-Comique as music director, simultaneously offering instruction in the art of conducting at the École Normale. In the 1950s, he was involved in several recording projects that enhanced his reputation considerably, notably his Fauré Requiem and a lightly turned Les Pêcheurs de perles. Two further appointments awaited him in Europe before he turned to a regimen of guest conducting: in 1961 he became conductor of the Netherlands Radio Symphony, and from 1968 to 1973, he served as artistic director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Fournet made his American opera debut with the Chicago Lyric Opera in 1965 directing a double bill consisting of a staged Carmina Burana and Ravel's magical L'heure espagnole, the latter with Teresa Berganza, Alfredo Kraus, and Sesto Bruscantini. The conductor impressed immediately as one who could imprint elegance and respect for French style on his casts. His success led to further assignments, each helping reestablish the French wing in a city that had known great French artists in decades past. Among the productions were Les Pêcheurs de perles in 1966, another double bill (Le Rossignol and Oedipus Rex) in 1968, Werther in 1971, Pelléas et Mélisande in 1972, Manon in 1973, and Don Quichotte in 1974. In 1987, Fournet made his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting a production of Samson et Dalila. In addition to a number of orchestral discs, Fournet recorded the aforementioned Les Pêcheurs de perles for Philips with Léopold Simoneau and Pierrette Alarie, still unsurpassed. Fournet's Fauré and Berlioz Requiems are also impressive, likewise his 1973 Chicago Manon with Kraus and Zylis-Gara. Read less
Boieldieu: La Dame Blanche / Fournet, Gedda, Spoorenberg
Release Date: 11/05/2002   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1364   Number of Discs: 2
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Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila / Vickers, Dominquez, Fournet
Release Date: 06/08/2004   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1405   Number of Discs: 2
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Grand Tier - Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila / Fournet, Vickers
Release Date: 06/13/2006   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 7028   Number of Discs: 2
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Biography

Born: April 14, 1913; Rouen, France   Died: November 3, 2008; Weesp  
Methodical, unflappable (he is said to have seldom raised his voice), and subtle in the ways of the French repertory, Jean Fournet saw his career extend over an extraordinarily long period. After having established himself in his native country, he proved a welcome addition to opera companies in America, where the French style had become something of a lost art. Beyond stage work, he proved, both early and late, a persuasive interpreter of the Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro animato
II. Andante
III. Molto allegro
I. Allegramente
II. Adagio assai
III. Presto
Samson Et Dalila: Act I, "Dieu! Dieu d'Israël!" (Chorus)
Samson Et Dalila: Act I, "Arrêtez, ô mes frères!" (Samson, Chorus)
Samson Et Dalila: Act I, "Qui donc élève ici la voix?" (Abimelech)
Samson Et Dalila: Act I, "C'est toi que sa bouche invective" (Samson, Chorus, Abimelech)
Samson Et Dalila: Act I, "Que vois-je? Abimélech!" (High Priest, Abimelech)
Samson Et Dalila: Act I, "Hymne de joie, hymne de délivrance" (Old Hebrews)
Samson Et Dalila: Act I, "Voici le printemps nous portant des fleurs" (Women's Chorus)
Samson Et Dalila: Act I, "Je viens célébrer la victoire" (Dalila, Samson, Old Hebrew)
Samson Et Dalila: Act I, "Dance of the Priestesses of Dagon" (Orchestra)
Samson Et Dalila: Act I, "Printemps qui commence" (Dalila, Old Hebrew)
Samson Et Dalila: Act II, Prelude (Orchestra)
Samson Et Dalila: Act II, "Samson, recherchant ma présence... Amour! Viens aider ma failblesse!" (Dalila)
Samson Et Dalila: Act II, "J'ai gravi la montagne" (High Priest, Dalila)
Samson Et Dalila: Act II, "Oui, Déjà, par trois fois déguisant mon projet" (Dalila, High Priest)
Samson Et Dalila: Act II, "Se pourrait-il, que sur son c?ur" (Dalila)
Samson Et Dalila: Act II, "En ces lieux, malgré moi, m'ont ramené mes pas" (Samson, Dalila)
Samson Et Dalila: Act II, "Mon c?ur s'ouvre à ta voix" (Dalila, Samson)
Samson Et Dalila: Act II, "Mais! Non! Que dis-je, hélas!" (Dalila, Samson)
Samson Et Dalila: Act III, "Vois ma misère, hélas!" (Samson, Chorus)
Samson Et Dalila: Act III, Intermezzo (Orchestra)
Samson Et Dalila: Act III, "L'aube qui blanchit déjà les coteaux" (Chorus)
Samson Et Dalila: Act III, "Bacchanale" (Orchestra)
Samson Et Dalila: Act III, "Salut! Salut au juge d'Israël" (High Priest, Chorus, Samson, Dalila)
Samson Et Dalila: Act III, "Gloire à Dagon vainqueur!" (High Priest, Dalila, Chorus, Samson)
Samson et Dalila: Act I, "Dieu d'Israël!" (Chorus)
Samson et Dalila: Act I, "Arrêtez, ô mes frères!" (Samson, Chorus)
Samson et Dalila: Act I, "Qui donc élève ici la voix?" (Abimelech)
Samson et Dalila: Act I, "C'est toi que sa bouche invective" (Samson, Chorus, Abimelech)
Samson et Dalila: Act I, "Que vois-je!" (High Priest, First Philistine, Second Philistine, Messenger)
Samson et Dalila: Act I, "Hymne de joie" (Chorus, Old Hebrew)
Samson et Dalila: Act I, "Voici le printemps nous portant des fleurs" (Chorus)
Samson et Dalila: Act I, "Je veins célébrer la victorie" (Dalila, Samson, Old Hebrew)
Samson et Dalila: Act I, "Dance of the Priestesses of Dagon" (Orchestra)
Samson et Dalila: Act I, "Printemps qui commence" (Dalila, Old Hebrew)
Samson et Dalila: Act II, "Prelude" (Orchestra)
Samson et Dalila: Act II, "Samson, recherchant ma présence...Amour! viens aider ma failblesse!" (Dalila)
Samson et Dalila: Act II, "J'ai gravi la montagne" (High Priest, Dalila)
Samson et Dalila: Act II, "Oui! déja par trois fois déguisant mon projet" (Dalila, High Priest)
Samson et Dalila: Act II, "Se pourrait-il que sur son coeur" (Dalila)
Samson et Dalila: Act II, "En ces lieux, malgré moi, m'ont ramené mes pas" (Samson, Dalila)
Samson et Dalila: Act II, "Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix" (Dalila, Samson)
Samson et Dalila: Act II, "Mais! non! que dis-je? hélas, la triste Dalila" (Dalila, Samson)
Samson et Dalila: Act III, "Vois, ma misère" (Samson, Chorus)
Samson et Dalila: Act III, "Intermezzo" (Orchestra)
Samson et Dalila: Act III, "L'aube qui blanchit déjà les coteaux" (Chorus)
Samson et Dalila: Act III, "Bacchanale" (Orchestra)
Samson et Dalila: Act III, "Salut! Salut au juge d'Israël" (High Priest, Chorus, Samson, Dalila)
Samson et Dalila: Act III, "Gloire à Dagon vainqueur!" (High Priest, Dalila, Chorus, Samson)
Lalo: Symphonie espagnole in D minor, Op.21 - 1. Allegro non troppo
Lalo: Symphonie espagnole in D minor, Op.21 - 2. Scherzando (Allegro molto)
Lalo: Symphonie espagnole in D minor, Op.21 - 4. Andante
Lalo: Symphonie espagnole in D minor, Op.21 - 5. Rondo (Allegro)
Prélude
No.1 Introduction: a) Choeur: "Sur la grève en feu"
No.1 Introduction: b) Scène et Choeur: "Amis, interrompez vos danses"
No.1 Introduction: c) Récit et reprise du choeur dansé: "Demeure parmi nous, Nadir"
No.2 a) Récit: "C'est toi, toi qu'enfin fe revois!"
No.2 b) Duo: "Au fond du temple saint"
No.3 a) Récit: "Que vois-je?"
No.3 b) Choeur: "Sois la bienvenue"
No.3 c) Scène et Choeur: "Seule au milieu de nous"
No.4 a) Récit: "A cette voix"
"Je crois entendre encore"
No.5 Finale: a) Scène et Choeur: "Le ciel est bleu"
No.5 Finale: b) Air et Choeur: "O dieu Brahma"
No.6 Entr'acte, Choeur et Scène: "L'ombre descend des cieux"
No.7 Récit et Cavatine: "Me voilà seule dans la nuit"
No.8 Chanson: "De mon amie, fleur endormie"
No.9 Duo: "Léïla! Léïla! Dieu puissant"
No.10 Finale: "Ah, revenez à la raison!"
Tableau 1: No.11 Entr'acte, Récit et Air: "L'orage s'est calmé"
Tableau 1: No.12 a) Récit: "Qu'ai-je vu?"
Tableau 1: No.12 b) Duo: "Je frémis, je chancelle"
Tableau 1: No.12 c) Scéne: "Entends au loin ce bruit de fête"
Tableau 2: No.13 Choeur dansé: "Dès que le soleil"
Tableau 2: No.14 Scène et Choeur: "Sombres divinités"
Tableau 2: No.15 Trio: "O lumière sainte"
Tableau 2: No.16 Finale: "Ce sont eux, les voici!"
La dame blanche: Act I, Introduction
La dame blanche: Act I, "Sonnez, sonnez, cors et musette" (Chorus, Dikson, Jenny)
La dame blanche: Act I, "Chez vous, mes bons amis" (Georges, Dikson, Chorus)
La dame blanche: Act I, "Ah, quel plaisir d'être soldat" (Georges, Jenny, Chorus)
La dame blanche: Act I, "Quel aimable caractère" (Jenny, Dikson, Georges)
La dame blanche: Act I, "Que nous veut notre ménagère?" (Jenny, Dikson, Georges, Chorus)
La dame blanche: Act I, "Chut! Chut! Écoutons...D'ici voyons ce beau domaine" (Chorus, Jenny, Georges)
La dame blanche: Act I, "Il s'éloigne, il nous laisse ensemble" (Georges, Jenny)
La dame blanche: Act I, "Grand Dieu! Que viens-je d'entendre" (Dikson, Jenny, Georges)
La dame blanche: Act II, "Pauvre dame Marguerite" (Marguerite)
La dame blanche: Act II, "C'est la cloche de la tourelle" (Anna, Gaveston, Marguerite)
La dame blanche: Act II, "Maintenant, observons...Viens, gentille dame" (Georges)
La dame blanche: Act II, "Ce domaine est celui comtes d'Avenel" (Georges, Anna)
La dame blanche: Act II, "Nous quittons nos travaux champêtres" (Marguerite, Jenny, Dikson, Georges, MacIrton, Gaveston, Anna, Chorus)
La dame blanche: Act III, "Vive à jamis notre nouveau Seigneur" (Chorus, Georges)
La dame blanche: Act III, "La, la, la" (Chorus, Georges)
La dame blanche: Act III, "Malheureuse! Que faire?" (Anna, Marguerite)
La dame blanche: Act III, "Voici midi, la somme est-elle prête?" (MacIrton, Georges, Dikson, Gaveston, Jenny, Marguerite, Anna, Julien, Chorus)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Canzonetta (Andante)
3. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 1. Introitus: Requiem aeternam - Kyrie
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 2. Offertorium: Domine Jesu Christe
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 3. Sanctus
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 4. Pie Jesu
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 5. Agnus Dei
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 6. Libera me
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 7. In paradisum
Symphony in C Major: I. Allegro non troppo vivace, ma con fuoco
Symphony in C Major: II. Andante espressivo e sostenuto
Symphony in C Major: III. Allegro spiritoso
Symphony in B Flat Major, Op. 20, I. Lent, Allegro vivo
Symphony in B Flat Major, Op. 20: II. Tres lent
Symphony in B Flat Major, Op.20, III. Anime
Pelleas et Melisande, Orchestral Suite, Op. 80, I. Prelude
Pelleas et Melisande, Orchestral Suite, Op. 80, II. (Fileuse)
Pelleas et Melisande, Orchestral Suite, Op. 80, III. Sicilienne
Pelleas et Melisande, Orchestral Suite, Op. 80, IV. (Mort de Melisande)


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