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Lalo, Saint-Saëns, Bruch, Bloch / Fournier, Martinon, et al


Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 457761   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Edouard LaloCamille Saint-SaënsMax BruchErnest Bloch
Performer:  Pierre Fournier
Conductor:  Jean MartinonAlfred Wallenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the most important cellists of the generation after Pablo Casals, Pierre Fournier was also very much a French musician, championing the music of his nation, offering authentic and informed performances of it, and lending it the typically Gallic elegance of his tone. This generously filled reissue offers two French romantic concertos which are very often coupled on record--the Lalo and the first Saint-Saëns--along with two concertante works on Hebrew themes.
The French concertos are minor key works that allude to operatic drama and offer plenty of opportunities for lyrical songfulness. In the right hands--which Fournier's most certainly are--they can generate a fair amount of excitement in addition to displaying an attractive
Read more surface. These 1960 recordings are vivid with an authentically French accompaniment backing Fournier's suave performances.
Bruch's 'Kol Nidrei' is a lovely, melancholy utterance in which Fournier's lustrous tone is at its most exposed, while Bloch's 'Schelomo,' the lone 20th-century work here, is a portrayal of King Solomon in which the soloist is given to dramatic incantation. Fournier is eloquent in this 1966 recording, and the Berlin Philharmonic savors the quasi-Oriental raptures of the lush, late Romantic score.
REVIES:
New York Times (3/12/00, p.24) - "This reissue...could not be more welcome....Fournier brings more than authority to these tuneful pieces. His lambent tone invests the music with that rarest of virtues, heart....this is music to be savored..." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello in D minor by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1960 
Venue:  Salle de la Mutualité, Paris, France 
Length: 27 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1960 
Venue:  Salle de la Mutualité, Paris, France 
Length: 19 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3.
Kol Nidrei for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 47 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Liverpool, England 
Date of Recording: 05/1960 
Venue:  Salle de la Mutualité, Paris, France 
Length: 10 Minutes 30 Secs. 
4.
Schelomo by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1916; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1966 
Venue:  UFA Recording Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 21 Minutes 56 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Cello Concerto in D minor: 1. Prélude: Lento - Allegro maestoso
Cello Concerto in D minor: 2. Intermezzo: Andantino con moto - Allegro presto
Cello Concerto in D minor: 3. Andante - Allegro vivace
Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.33: 1. Allegro non troppo
Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.33: 2. Allegretto con moto
Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.33: 3. Un peu moins vite
Kol Nidrei, Op.47 - Adagio on Hebrew Melodies for Cello and Orchestra (Adagio ma non troppo)
Schelomo

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