Alexandre Tansman

Biography

Born: June 12, 1897; Lódz, Poland   Died: November 15, 1986; Paris, France  
Alexandre Tansman is called both a French composer of Polish birth and a Polish composer who emigrated to France. However, he likely considered France his adopted homeland; except for the war years he lived in Paris from 1919 until his death in 1986, and he chose the French spelling of his given name, Aleksander. Tansman was born in Lodz, Poland, to Jewish parents. His mother was a good amateur pianist who gave him his first piano lessons. At the Read more age of 11, he enrolled at the Lodz Conservatory, where he studied composition and conducting in addition to piano. Among his teachers there was Wojciech Gawronski. In 1914, Tansman began studies at the Warsaw University, where he graduated with a degree in law in 1918. It is said that the exceptionally intelligent, well-rounded Tansman had learned to speak seven languages. He entered several works under two different names in the 1919 Polish National Music Competition and won three prizes.

Still, he felt his music was not sufficiently appreciated because of its modernisms and he departed for Paris in late 1919. In the French capital, he met the leading composers of the day, including Stravinsky and Ravel, whose music influenced his, particularly the neo-Classicism of the former. Tansman also developed a camaraderie with other European émigrés in Paris, including Tcherepnin and Martinů, and with Andrés Segovia, who inspired him to write several pieces for guitar. Tansman's successful concert debut in Paris in February 1920 opened inroads for his career as a pianist. He also composed many important works during his first decades in Paris, including the Symphony No. 2 (1926) and the first two piano concertos, 1925 and 1927, respectively. As early as 1921, Vladimir Golschmann introduced his orchestral work Impressions to Parisian audiences and with Koussevitzky, Tansman performed his piano concertos in Paris and Boston. In 1932, Tansman launched a world tour, performing in Japan, China, Singapore, Bali, Egypt, Greece, and other exotic locations. His career as pianist and composer remained quite successful throughout the 1930s and in 1938, he was given French citizenship. But trouble was on the horizon with the growing menace of Adolf Hitler in Germany. Shortly after the occupation of France in 1941, Tansman fled with his French wife, pianist Collete Cras, and two daughters. Helped by a fund established by Charlie Chaplin, they settled in Los Angeles that same year, where Tansman met other Jewish exiles, including Arnold Schoenberg and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Tansman returned to Paris in 1946, but soon found his career would never be the same. He remained true to his largely neo-Classical style, which was quickly going out of fashion in favor of serial music and other avant-garde styles. Moreover, the music establishment in Poland, which had come under communist control, was loathe to play the works of a Jewish exile living in the West. While he continued to write much music, including operas, such as Georges Dandin (1973-1974) and ballets, such as Résurrection (1961-1962), as well as orchestral and instrumental works, his reputation gradually faded. Read less
Tansman: Chamber Music With Clarinet / Fessard
Release Date: 05/29/2007   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570235   Number of Discs: 1
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Alexandre Tansman: 24 Intermezzi, Petite Suite / Eliane Reyes
Release Date: 12/14/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572266   Number of Discs: 1
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Tansman: Clarinet Concerto, Concertino, 6 Movements For Strings / Blaszczyk, Fessard, Decker
Release Date: 04/26/2011   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572402   Number of Discs: 1
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Tansman: Piano Music / Eliane Reyes
Release Date: 01/28/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573021   Number of Discs: 1
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Tansman: Music for Violin & Piano / Sahatci, Koukl
Release Date: 03/10/2015   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573127   Number of Discs: 1
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    Guitar Recital: Armen Doneyan
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573591 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Dubez,  Luigi Legnani,  Alexandre Tansman,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Performer:  Armen Doneyan
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    Krasa, Tansman & Krenek: String Quartets / Adamas Quartett
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: GRAM99109 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Krása,  Alexandre Tansman,  Ernst Krenek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adamas Quartet
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    European Recital for Flute & Piano / Franz, Lucius
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 16072 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Walter Gieseking,  Theodor Blumer,  Alexandre Tansman,  Ottorino Respighi
    Performer:  Jurgen Franz,  Henning Lucius
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    Polish Violin Concertos / Plawner, Bruns, Kammersymphonie Berlin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573496 Release Date: 07/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Grazyna Bacewicz,  Alexandre Tansman,  Michal Spisak,  Andrzej Panufnik
    Performer:  Piotr Plawner
    Conductor:  Jurgen Bruns
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Symphony
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    Schulhoff, Smit, Gal, Raphael & Tansman: Flute Works / Heinzmann, Hoppe
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 97701 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erwin Schulhoff,  Leo Smit,  Hans Gál,  Günter Raphael  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Catherine Heinzmann,  Thomas Hoppe
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    Tansman: Complete Music for Solo Guitar / Cappelli
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95221 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alexandre Tansman
    Performer:  Cristiano Poli Cappelli,  Andrea Pace
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    Vals Sin Nombre / Francisco Bernier
    Label: Contrastes   Catalog: 1201502 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Egberto Gismonti,  Laurindo Almeida,  Carlos Carrillo,  Alexandre Tansman  ... 
    Performer:  Francisco Bernier
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    Guitar Magician / John Williams
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1253 Release Date: 07/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Manuel Ponce,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Jorge Gomez Crespo  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams
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  • 9.
    Alexandre Tansman: Piano Music, Vol. 1
    Label: Toccata Classics   Catalog: 170 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Tansman
    Performer:  Danny Zelibor
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    Giacomo Susani Plays Petrassi, J.S. Bach, Tansman & Weiss
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 37013 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Goffredo Petrassi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Alexandre Tansman,  Silvius Leopold Weiss
    Performer:  Giacomo Susani
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    Stefano Grondona Plays Mazurkas Y Sardanas
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 37011 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Tansman,  Gaspar Cassadó
    Performer:  Antonio de Torres,  Stefano Grondona
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    Autumn Of The Soul / Lorenzo Micheli
    Label: Contrastes   Catalog: 9201409 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Alexandre Tansman,  Pierre De Bréville,  Angelo Gilardino  ... 
    Performer:  Lorenzo Micheli
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    Tansman: Music for Violin & Piano / Sahatci, Koukl
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573127 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Tansman
    Performer:  Klaidi Sahatci,  Giorgio Koukl
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    Nocturne - Romantic Guitar Miniatures / Flávio Apro
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94875 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce,  Manuel de Falla,  Flávio Apro,  Antonio José  ... 
    Performer:  Flávio Apro
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    Alexander Tansman, Witold Lutoslawski, Gyorgy Orban, Gyorgy Selmeczi
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 980 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Tansman,  Witold Lutoslawski,  György Selmeczi,  György Orbán
    Conductor:  Marc Nalecz-Niesiolowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Erdody Chamber Orchestra
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    Dialogue / Cavell Trio
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 347 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rudolf Maros,  Alexandre Tansman,  Amir Zaheri,  Witold Lutoslawski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Cavell Trio
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    Polska Muzyka Wiolonczelowa (Polish Cello Music)
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 925 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Zbigniew Bujarski,  Henryk Jablonski,  Alexandre Tansman  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Kalinowski,  Beata Urbanek-Kalinowska,  Annamaria Borrelli,  Karolina Jaroszewska  ... 
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    Magic Boxes / Dario Muller
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 7684 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emil Nebling,  Rudolf Friml,  H. Sousline,  Joaquin Turina  ... 
    Performer:  Dario Müller
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    Saxophone Conversations
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 965 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Christian Lauba,  Alojzy Thomys,  Alfred Desenclos  ... 
    Performer:  Dorota Samsel,  Alicja Wolynczyk,  Bartosz Bednarczyk,  Agnieszka Kopacka  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Duo
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    Tansman: Piano Music / Eliane Reyes
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573021 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Tansman
    Performer:  Eliane Reyes
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  • 21.
    The  Complete Homocord Recordings And Other Rarities
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 6013 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking,  Lambros Callimahos,  Gustav Scheck
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    The Andres Segovia Archive - The Complete Guitar Music Written For Segovia
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9427 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Aloys Fornerod,  Fernande Peyrot,  Ignace Strasfogel,  Hans Haug  ... 
    Performer:  Ermanno Brignolo
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    From The Heart - 20th Century Music for Basoon and Piano / Morelli, Kalish
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1458 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lubos Sluka,  Roger Boutry,  Ivan Erod,  Alexandre Tansman  ... 
    Performer:  Frank Morelli,  Gilbert Kalish
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  • 24.
    20th-century Polish Harp Concertos
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 953 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alexandre Tansman,  Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz,  Boguslaw Schaeffer,  Marceli Poplawski  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Sikorzak-Olek,  Adam Trybus,  Jan [Double Bass] Kotula,  Dariusz Korcz  ... 
    Conductor:  Anna Jaroszewska-Mroz,  Jan Pruszak,  Bogdan Oledzki,  Michal Klauza  ... 
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  • 25.
    The Asconia Recital And Others
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 22343 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Isaac Albeniz,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Jean-Philippe Rameau  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia
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