Louis Frémaux

Biography

Born: August 13, 1921; Aire-sur-Lys  
Before the arrival of Simon Rattle, Louis Frémaux had sharpened the abilities of England's CIty of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra during his decade of tenure as music director. Appropriately enough, some of his highest accomplishments were in the French repertory, but under his attention, the CBSO became a flexible and stylish ensemble in a wider repertory and began closing its distance from the five London orchestras. Indeed, Frémaux's penchant Read more for clarity of sound served all of his orchestras well, from Monte Carlo to Sidney, Australia. While a student at Valenciennes Conservatoire, Frémaux was halted in his studies by the outbreak of WWII. Joining the Resistance in his native country, and later, the Foreign Legion in the Far East, Frémaux distinguished himself in combat, twice receiving the Croix de Guerre. His musical training did not resume until 1949, but from that point, decisively moved ahead at the Paris Conservatoire. A pupil of Louis Fourestier, Frémaux earned a first prize in conducting in 1952 and a year later, made his conducting debut. Good notices then and in subsequent guest appearances produced an offer from the Monte Carlo Opera and, for a decade beginning in 1956, Frémaux was music director of the Orchestre National de Monte Carlo. During those years, several distinguished recordings brought his work to the attention of a worldwide audience. From 1968 to 1971, Frémaux was chief conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique Rhóne-Alpes in Lyon. In 1969, Frémaux became a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur. That same year, he was appointed music director of the CBSO while continuing to serve in Lyon: by 1971, however, he resigned his position in Lyon to devote himself primarily to Birmingham's musical life. Under Frémaux's ministrations, the CBSO undertook a successful European tour in 1972 and acquired a chorale component. After leaving Birmingham, Frémaux served as principal conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to 1981, thereafter continuing as the orchestra's principal guest conductor until 1985. An association with EMI brought a number of excellent recordings, many of them featuring French works. With the CBSO chorus, Frémaux was able to produce a Berlioz Requiem of clarion force and elegance. Likewise, his Fauré Requiem is notable, with angelic solo work from soprano Norma Burrowes. Read less

Biography

Born: August 13, 1921; Aire-sur-Lys  
Before the arrival of Simon Rattle, Louis Frémaux had sharpened the abilities of England's CIty of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra during his decade of tenure as music director. Appropriately enough, some of his highest accomplishments were in the French repertory, but under his attention, the CBSO became a flexible and stylish ensemble in a wider repertory and began closing its distance from the five London orchestras. Indeed, Frémaux's penchant Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
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The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: Introduction and Royal March of the Lion
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: Hens and Cocks
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: Wild Asses
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: Tortoises
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: The Elephant
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: Kangaroos
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: The Aquarium
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: Persons with Long Ears
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: Cuckoo In The Heart Of The Wood
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: The Aviary
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: Pianists
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: Fossils
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: The Swan
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: Finale
Divertissement (1987 Remastered Version): I. Introduction
Divertissement (1987 Remastered Version): II. Cortège
Divertissement (1987 Remastered Version): III. Nocturne
Divertissement (1987 Remastered Version): IV. Valse
Divertissement (1987 Remastered Version): V. Parade
Divertissement (1987 Remastered Version): VI. Finale
The Wise Virgins - Ballet Suite (1995 Digital Remaster): 2. Lord, hear my longing (Adagio) (Herzlich tut mich verlangen BWV727)
The Wise Virgins - Ballet Suite (1995 Digital Remaster): 3. See what His love can do (Tranquillo) (Cantata 85)
The Wise Virgins - Ballet Suite (1995 Digital Remaster): 4. Ah! how ephemeral (Vivace) (Cantata 26)
The Wise Virgins - Ballet Suite (1995 Digital Remaster): 5. Sheep may safely graze (Adagio) (Cantata 208)
The Wise Virgins - Ballet Suite (1995 Digital Remaster): 6. Praise be to God (Moderato) (Cantata 129)
Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor Op. 33 (1988 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro non troppo -
Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor Op. 33 (1988 Digital Remaster): II. Allegretto con moto -
Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor Op. 33 (1988 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro non troppo
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: Introduction and Royal March of the Lion
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: Hens and Cocks
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: Wild Asses
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: Tortoises
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: The Elephant
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: Kangaroos
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: The Aquarium
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: Persons with Long Ears
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: Cuckoo In The Heart Of The Wood
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: The Aviary
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: Pianists
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: Fossils
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: The Swan
The Carnival of the Animals - A zoological fantasy: Finale
Symphony No. 3 in C minor 'Organ' Op. 78 (1989 Remastered Version): I. Adagio - Allegro moderato -
Symphony No. 3 in C minor 'Organ' Op. 78 (1989 Remastered Version): Poco adagio
Symphony No. 3 in C minor 'Organ' Op. 78 (1989 Remastered Version): II. Allegro moderato -
Symphony No. 3 in C minor 'Organ' Op. 78 (1989 Remastered Version): Maestoso - Allegro
Cello Concerto in D minor (2005 Digital Remaster): I. Lento - Allegro maestoso
Cello Concerto in D minor (2005 Digital Remaster): II. Intermezzo (Andantino con moto)
Cello Concerto in D minor (2005 Digital Remaster): III. Introduzione (Andante) - Allegro vivace
Suite No. 4: Scènes pittoresques: I. Marche
Suite No. 4: Scènes pittoresques: II. Air de ballet
Suite No. 4: Scènes pittoresques: III. Angélus
Suite No. 4: Scènes pittoresques: IV. Fête bohème
Requiem Op.48 (1989 Remastered Version): Introit and Kyrie
Requiem Op.48 (1989 Remastered Version): Offertoire
Requiem Op.48 (1989 Remastered Version): Sanctus
Requiem Op.48 (1989 Remastered Version): Pie Jesu
Requiem Op.48 (1989 Remastered Version): Agnus Dei
Requiem Op.48 (1989 Remastered Version): Libera me
Requiem Op.48 (1989 Remastered Version): In paradisum
Concerto Pour Piano & Orchestre N°1 En Mi Mineur Op.11 : I Allegro Moderato (Remasterisé En 1995)
Concerto Pour Piano & Orchestre N°1 En Mi Mineur Op.11 : II Romance (Larghetto) (Remasterisé En 1995)
Concerto Pour Piano & Orchestre N°1 En Mi Mineur Op.11 : III Rondo (Vivace) (Remasterisé En 1995)
Concerto Pour Piano & Orchestre N°2 En Fa Mineur Op.21 : I Maestoso (Remasterisé En 1995)
Concerto Pour Piano & Orchestre N°2 En Fa Mineur Op.21 : II Larghetto (Remasterisé En 1995)
Concerto Pour Piano & Orchestre N°2 En Fa Mineur Op.21 : III Allegro (Vivace) (Remasterisé En 1995)
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op.11 (2000 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro maestoso
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op.11 (2000 Digital Remaster): II. Romanze (Larghetto)
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op.11 (2000 Digital Remaster): III. Rondo (Vivace)
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21 (1995 Digital Remaster): I: Maestoso
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21 (1995 Digital Remaster): II: Larghetto
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21 (1995 Digital Remaster): III: Allegro vivace
Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra: I. Allegro con spirito
II. Adagio
III. Allegro gentile
Fantasía para un gentilhombre for Guitar and Orchestra: I. Villano y Ricercare. Adagietto - Andante moderato
II. Españoleta y Fanfare de la Caballeriade Napoles. Adagio - Allegretto, molto ritmico; Tempo de Españoleta
III. Danza de las Hachas. Allegro con brio
IV. Canario. Allegro ma non troppo


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