Gérard Caussé

Biography

Gérard Caussé is among the few classical violists who maintains an international solo career, and, with Nobuko Imai, is one of the two most significant stars of the instrument since William Primrose. He plays a very old (1560) viola by Gasparo da Salo. Caussé is closely associated with the chamber music of Mozart, who, he says, was the first composer to realize the viola's potential as the "mediator" between the upper and lower voices of the Read more orchestra and the string quartet. He also plays the music of the two Romantic-era composers who most prominently favored the viola, Hector Berlioz and Max Bruch.

However, he is also a particular champion of twentieth-century music, for this is an era when the viola most strongly emerged as a solo instrument. He plays works of Bartók, Britten, Martinu, and Stravinsky, and has had solo works written for him by Grisey, Hersant, Jolas, Lenot, Masson, Nunes, and Reverdy. He was a participant in the world premiere of the string quartet Ainsi la nuit by Henri Dutilleux, commonly ranked with the quartets of Debussy and Ravel as the greatest French works in the form. Caussé has made over 25 compact discs on the major labels EMI, Philips, Erato, and Deutsche Grammophon, and has won the Charles Gros Academy Prize, the Gabriel Fauré Prize, the SACEM Prize, and the French Grand Prix du Disque. Read less
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  • 1.
    Folk Songs / Nora Gubisch, Alain Altinoglu
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5365 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Fernando J. Obradors,  Enrique Granados,  Luciano Berio  ... 
    Performer:  Nora Gubisch,  Alain Altinoglu,  Iris Torossian,  Bastien Pelat  ... 
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    Pierre Boulez Conducts Schoenberg
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 42957 Release Date: 01/01/2014   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Siegmund Nimsgern,  Kenneth Bowen,  Ian Partridge,  Paul Hudson  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Singers,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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    Le Violon Roi / Renaud Capucon [3-CD Set]
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 584402 Release Date: 05/21/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Gautier Capuçon,  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexandre Rabinovitch,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Daniel Harding,  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra,  Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven / Causse, Delian Quartet
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 796 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Gérard Caussé
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delian Quartet
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    Brahms: Complete Chamber Music [11-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001725902 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Augustin Dumay,  Maria-Joao Pires,  Christian Ferras,  Pierre Barbizet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet,  Hagen String Quartet,  Amadeus String Quartet
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    Boellmann: Piano Trio Op. 19; Piano Quartet, Op. 10 / Causse, Trio Parnassus
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 3031755 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léon Boëllmann
    Performer:  Chia Chou,  Yamei Yu,  Michael Gross,  Gérard Caussé
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus Trio
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    Debussy: Sonate, Syrinx, Chansons De Bilitis, Etc / Bernold, Moretti, Causse, Jacob
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501647 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Philippe Bernold,  Isabelle Moretti,  Gérard Caussé,  Irène Jacob  ... 
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    Shostakovich: Viola Sonata; Glazunov, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov / Causse, Engerer
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 172 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Gérard Caussé,  Brigitte Engerer
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    Boulez Conducts Stravinsky
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001660502 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Christopher Hanulik,  Franklin Cohen,  David McGill,  Michael Sachs  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus  ... 
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  • 10.
    Bach: 6 Cello Suites / Gerard Causse
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 07665 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gérard Caussé
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    Gidon Kremer - Edition Lockenhaus
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001599002 Release Date: 10/24/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Olivier Messiaen,  César Franck,  André Caplet  ... 
    Performer:  Khatia Buniatishvili,  Markus Bellheim,  Andrei Pushkarev,  Dmytro Marchenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Roman Kofman,  Heinz Holliger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica,  Shedryk Children's Choir,  Hagen String Quartet  ... 
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    Faure: Complete Chamber Music For Piano And Strings
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 70875 Release Date: 10/18/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Michel Dalberto,  Gautier Capuçon,  Nicholas Angelich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Ebène
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    Springtime In The Park
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 96834 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Edvard Grieg,  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard,  Bruno Rigutto,  Gautier Capuçon,  Gérard Caussé  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean Martinon,  Felix Slatkin,  Paavo Berglund,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble
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    George Enescu: Chamber Music, 1895-1906
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 36 Release Date: 01/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu
    Performer:  Claudia Bara,  Tatiana Samouil,  Gérard Caussé,  Vincent Lucas  ... 
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    Best Film 50
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 31673 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  James Horner  ... 
    Performer:  Ernest Blanc,  Nicolai Gedda,  Gérard Caussé,  Augustin Dumay  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt,  Mariss Jansons,  Richard Hickox,  David Abel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus  ... 
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    50 Best Mozart
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57524 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff,  Jack Brymer,  Christian Zacharias,  Frank Peter Zimmermann  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Sir Neville Marriner,  David Zinman  ... 
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    Schumann 200th Anniversary - Chamber Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 09011 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Dora Schwarzberg,  Martha Argerich,  Nobuko Imai,  Marie-Luise Neunecker  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grieg Trio,  Cherubini String Quartet
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    Yo-Yo Ma - 30 Years Outside the Box
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 752307 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 90
    Composer:  Sandeep Das,  Traditional,  Kayhan Kalhor,  Zhou Long  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Gramley,  Kim Dong-Won,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Mark Suter  ... 
    Conductor:  Miguel Harth-Bedoya,  John T. Williams,  Ennio Morricone,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Qi Lin  ... 
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    Best Concertos 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64739 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Christian Zacharias,  Francois-René Duchable  ... 
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Lawrence Foster,  Hans Vonk,  Michel Plasson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    Label: Timpani   Catalog: 920596 Release Date: 12/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugues Dufourt
    Performer:  Gérard Caussé
    Conductor:  Pierre-André Valade
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    Saint-saens, Schumann: Cello Concertos
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 1009 Release Date: 11/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Philippe Entremont,  Gérard Caussé,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Gaby Casadesus  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Entremont,  Sir Colin Davis,  Lorin Maazel
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  • 22.
    Brahms: Piano Quartets 1-3 / Angelich, Caussé, Capuçon, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 19310 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Gérard Caussé,  Nicholas Angelich,  Gautier Capuçon,  Renaud Capuçon
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    Brahms: String Quintets / Causse, Hagen Quartet
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453420 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Gérard Caussé
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet
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    Petitgirard: Concertos For String Instruments / Dumay, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557602 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Laurent Petitgirard
    Performer:  Gérard Caussé,  Gary Hoffman,  Augustin Dumay
    Conductor:  Laurent Petitgirard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bordeaux Aquitaine Orchestra,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cracow Polish Radio/TV Chorus  ... 
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    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Etc / Plasson, Orchestra De Toulouse
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 71467 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Jean-Louis Homs,  Gérard Caussé
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
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