Yan Pascal Tortelier

Biography

Born: April 19, 1947; Paris, France  
Yan-Pascal Tortelier is among the finest conductors emerging in the last quarter of the twentieth century.

He comes from an eminent musical family: His father was cellist Paul Tortelier (1914-1990). Yan-Pascal studied violin and piano and began studying harmony and counterpoint with Nadia Boulanger. Of his violin studies at the Paris Conservatoire he says he "thinks he reached a high standard" but "couldn't quite make it." In fact, he won
Read more First Prize in violin at the Conservatory at age 14 and at the same age made his debut as a soloist with the London Philharmonic in Brahms' Double Concerto (1962).

He took conducting studies with Franco Ferrara in the Accademia Chigiana in Siena in 1973. He began guest conducting and in 1974 was appointed associate conductor of the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, remaining in that position through the season ending in 1983. He also conducted opera performances in Toulouse. He was principal conductor and artistic director of the Ulster Orchestra (Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1989-1992). In 1990 he was named principal conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, effective at the start of the 1992 season, remaining in that position until 2002. As such, he frequently appeared leading live concerts on the BBC from that orchestra's home at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, as well as at annual performances at the Henry Woods "Proms" Concerts. In 1995, he took it on a very successful tour of the U.S. to celebrate the orchestra's 60th anniversary season.

Tortelier also guest conducts widely, appearing at some of the world's leading orchestras. His first appearance in the U.S. was in 1985, with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. In the early part of 2000 his scheduled guest appearances included concerts with Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Symphony.

He records exclusively for Chandos Records, which has released performances with the BBC Philharmonic and the Ulster Orchestra, included complete orchestral works of Debussy and Ravel. The later series included Tortelier's own orchestration of Ravel's Trio. With the BBC Philharmonic Tortelier has worked on complete cycles of music by Roussel and Dutilleux, and has also recorded works by Lutoslawski, Fauré, and Dukas, including two discs that won the prestigious Diapason d'Or award. Read less

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Born: April 19, 1947; Paris, France  
Yan-Pascal Tortelier is among the finest conductors emerging in the last quarter of the twentieth century.

He comes from an eminent musical family: His father was cellist Paul Tortelier (1914-1990). Yan-Pascal studied violin and piano and began studying harmony and counterpoint with Nadia Boulanger. Of his violin studies at the Paris Conservatoire he says he "thinks he reached a high standard" but "couldn't quite make it." In fact, he won
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Largo - Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Presto
II. Andante rapsodico
III. Allegro capriccioso ma tempo guisto
I. eighth note = 110
II. quarter note = 52
III. eighth note = 72
IV. eighth note = 80
V. eighth note = 104
Tableau I: The Shrovetide Fair
Tableau I: The Magic Trick
Tableau I: Russian Dance
Tableau II: 's Room
Tableau III: The Moor's Room
Tableau III: Waltz
Tableau IV: The Shrove-Tide Fair and the Death of
Tableau IV: Wet Nurses' Dance
Tableau IV: Peasant and Bear
Tableau IV: Dance of the Gipsy Girls
Tableau IV: Dance of the Coachmen and Ostlers
Tableau IV: The Masqueraders
Tableau IV: The Scuffle (Blackamoor and )
Tableau IV: Death of
Tableau IV: Police and the Juggler
Tableau IV: Apparition of 's Double
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op.33 (1988 - Remaster): Introduction (Moderato quasi Andante), Theme (Moderato semplice) and Variation I (Tempo della Thema) -
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op.33 (1988 - Remaster): Variation II (Tempo di Thema) -
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op.33 (1988 - Remaster): Variation III (Andante sostenuto) -
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op.33 (1988 - Remaster): Variation IV (Andante grazioso - Un poco animato) -
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op.33 (1988 - Remaster): Variation V (Allegro moderato - Cadenza) -
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op.33 (1988 - Remaster): Variation VI (Andante)
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op.33 (1988 - Remaster): Variation VII & Coda (Allegro vivo)
I. Andante ma non troppo
II. Lento e molto espressivo
III. Allegro molto
I. Allegramente
II. Adagio assai
III. Presto
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A major Op.33 (1989 Digital Remaster): Introduction (Moderato quasi Andante), Theme (Moderato semplice) and Variation I (Tempo della Thema) -
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A major Op.33 (1989 Digital Remaster): Variation II (Tempo di Thema) -
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A major Op.33 (1989 Digital Remaster): Variation III (Andante sostenuto) -
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A major Op.33 (1989 Digital Remaster): Variation IV (Andante grazioso - Un poco animato) -
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A major Op.33 (1989 Digital Remaster): Variation V (Allegro moderato - Cadenza) -
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A major Op.33 (1989 Digital Remaster): Variation VI (Andante)
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A major Op.33 (1989 Digital Remaster): Variation VII & Coda (Allegro vivo)
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op.33 (1988 - Remaster): Introduction (Moderato quasi Andante), Theme (Moderato semplice) and Variation I (Tempo della Thema) -
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op.33 (1988 - Remaster): Variation II (Tempo di Thema) -
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op.33 (1988 - Remaster): Variation III (Andante sostenuto) -
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op.33 (1988 - Remaster): Variation IV (Andante grazioso - Un poco animato) -
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op.33 (1988 - Remaster): Variation V (Allegro moderato - Cadenza) -
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op.33 (1988 - Remaster): Variation VI (Andante)
I. Allegro non troppo vivace, ma con fuoco
II. Andante espressivo e sostenuto
III. Allegro spiritoso
I. Prelude
II. Minuetto
III. Adagietto
IV. Carillon
I. Pastorale
II. Intermezzo
III. Minuetto
IV. Farandole
Introit et Kyrie
Offertoire
Sanctus
Pie Jesu
Agnus Dei
Libera Me
In Paradisum
I. La fontana di Valle all'alba
II. La fontana del Tritone al mattino
II. La fontana di Trevi al meriggio
IV. La fontana di Villa Medici al tramonto
I. I pini di Villa Borghese
II. Pini presso una catacomba
III. I pini del Gianicolo
IV. I pini della via Appia
I. Circenses
II. Il Giubileo
III. L'Ottobrata
IV. La Befana
I. Song of Everlasting Yearning
II. Song of Love and Death
III. Song of Eternal Being
Part I: Massig schnell, mit Kraft - Sehr breit, aber stets fliessend
Part II: Lebhaft - Langsam - Im ersten Zeitmass
I. Massig bewegte Halbe
II. Langsam
III. Lebhaft
I. Allegro
II. Turandot [Scherzo]: Moderato - Lebhaft
III. Andantino
IV. Marsch
I. Lento - Allegro non troppo
II. Allegretto
III. Allegro non troppo
I. Passacaille: Andante
II. Scherzo: Molto vivace
III. Intermezzo: Lento
IV. Finale, con variazioni: Largamente - Allegro - Scherzo - Lento
I. Enigme -
II. Regard -
III. Houles -
IV. Miroirs -
V. Hymne -
I. Appels -
II. Echos -
III. Prismes -
IV. Espaces lontains -
V. Litanies -
VI. Choral -
VII. Rumeurs -
VIII. Soliloques -
IX. Metamorphoses [sur le nom Sacher] -
X. Embrasement
I. Les Heures (Hours) -
II. Ariel malefique (Evil Ariel) -
III. Memoire des ombres (Memory of Shadows) -
Interlude -
IV. Vagues de lumiere - Waves of light -
V. Dominante bleue? (Blue dominant?)
I. Allegro
II. Andante moderato -
III. Vivo
I. Introduction et allegro risoluto
II. Adagio con affetto
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Andante sostenuto -
V. Intermede et allegro con brio
I. Prelude - Allegro
II. Chants russes
III. Intermezzo
IV. Introduction - Chants russes
I. Lent
II. Tres lent -
III. Anime
II. Air de danse
IV. Danse rustique
No. 1. Meine Nachte sind heiser zerschrien (My nights are rent by hoarse screaming)
No. 2. Weltende (World's End)
No. 3. Aufbruch der Jugend (Revolt of the Young)
Weber: Clarinet Concerto No.1 in F minor, Op.73 - 1. Allegro
Weber: Clarinet Concerto No.1 in F minor, Op.73 - 2. Adagio ma non troppo
Weber: Clarinet Concerto No.1 in F minor, Op.73 - 3. Rondo (Allegretto)
No. 1. Langsam
No. 2. Lebhaft
No. 3. Sehr langsam
No. 4. Massig bewegt, mit Kraft
I. Molto energico
II. Slow March
III. Ostinato
Prelude -
A garden - The spider sits in her web - She surveys her surroundings -
Entrance of the ants - They find a rose petal -
With great effort they lift the petal and carry it away -
The spider daydreams and watches the garden -
The spider mends her web -
Entrance of the dung beetles
The ants return ... a butterfly appears -
Dance of the butterfly -
The spider invites the butterfly to dance closer to her web -
The butterfly is caught in the web and struggles - Death of the butterfly -
The spider rejoices - The spider frees the butterfly from her web and takes it to her larder -
The spider dances -
Suddenly fruits come crashing down -
Entrace of the fruit worms -
Warlike entrance of 2 praying mantises -
The ants circle -
The mantises challenge each other to a duel - The mantises fight -
The mantises become caught in the web - The spider dances -
Hatching of the mayfly -
The dance of the mayfly -
The mayfly stops, exhausted - The insects pay their respects - He rejects their advances -
The ants leave -
The works come out of the fruit -
Dance of the mayfly and the fruit worms -
Death of the mayfly -
The spider prepares to begin her feast, but one of the mantises, freed from the web, slips behind the spider and kills her -
Death throes of the spider -
Funeral of the mayfly -
The funeral cortege sets off and disappears into the distance - Night falls on the deserted garden.
I. Intrada: Allegro maestoso
II. Capriccio notturno e arioso: Vivace
III. Passacaglia, toccata e corale: Andante con moto
I. Berceuse: Allegretto moderato
II. Mi-a-ou: Allegro vivo
III. Le jardin de Dolly: Andantino
IV. Kitty-valse: Tempo di valse
V. Tendresse: Andante
VI. Le pas Espagnol: Allegro
Gloria
Laudamus te
Domine Deus
Domine Fili unigenite
Domine Deus, Agnus Dei
Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris
I. Moderately fast - Animato - Broad - Tempo primo
II. Geschwindmarsch by Beethoven: Rather fast
III. Colloquy: Quiet - Fast - Scherzando - Fast
IV. Finale: Gay - Slow - Coda: Fast
I. Musica Instrumentalis
II. Musica Humana
III. Musica Mundana
I. Massig schnell
II. Ruhig bewegt - Sehr lebhaft - Im fruheren langsamen Zeitmass
III. Marsch: Lebhaft - Trio [nach einem alten marsch] - Lebhafter
Theme
Variation 1. Melancholisch
Variation 2. Sanguinisch
Variation 3. Phlegmatisch
Variation 4. Cholerisch
I. La fleur des eaux
II. Interlude
III. La mort de l'amour
I. Prelude
II. Fileuse
III. Sicilienne
IV. Mort de Melisande: Molto adagio
No. 1. Introduction
No. 2. Cortege
No. 3. Nocturne
No. 4. Valse
No. 5. Parade
No. 6. Finale
Modere [half note = 54]
I. half note = 62
II. half note = 54
III. Vif [half note = 104]
IV. Mouvt [half note = 108]
V. Mouvt [half note = 62]
I. Idylle
II. Danse villageoise
III. Sous-bois
IV. Scherzo-valse
I. Sehr lebhaft
II. Sehr langsam
III. Lebhaft
IV. Massig schnelle Halbe
I. Einleitung und Rondo
II. Marsch und Pastorale
III. Passacaglia
I. Adagio - Allegro moderato -
I. Poco adagio
II. Allegro moderato - Presto - Allegro moderato - Presto - Allegro moderato -
II. Maestoso - Allegro - Piu allegro - Molto allegro - Pesante
I. Allegro marcato - Piu allegro - Tempo primo - Piu allegro - Tempo primo - Allegro appassionato
II. Adagio
III. Scherzo: Presto - Un poco meno mosso
IV. Prestissimo - Andantino - Tempo primo


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