Jean-Claude Casadesus

Biography

Born: December 7, 1935   Country: France  
A member of one of France's most distinguished musical families, Jean-Claude Casadesus has gained international acclaim for his founding and development of the Orchestre National de Lille. Equally adept at conducting the orchestral and operatic repertories, Casadesus has made a great number of recordings for a number of labels. After studies at the Paris Conservatoire where he won a first prize, Casadesus, interested in jazz as classical forms, Read more began his career as a percussionist, even as his training as a composer led to commissions to write film and theater scores. Further studies, this time in conducting with Pierre Dervaux in Paris and Pierre Boulez in Basle, preceded his appointment as principal conductor at the Théâtre du Châtelet and later at the Opéra de Paris and Opera-Comique. In his first assignment, he learned control over his conducting arm and galvanized his musicians while conducting the same repertory with great frequency (La Périchole some 300 times). With Dervaux, he formed the Orchestre Philharmonique de Pays de Loire in 1971 and remained assistant musical director there until 1976. In April 1976, he was sent to Lille to save a faltering ORTF orchestra. Only 33 musicians remained and they were severely demoralized by the depressed economic conditions they faced. Casadesus worked with those players while lobbying for better working conditions. He succeeded beyond all hopes and guided the ensemble to international recognition and tours through 30 countries to many of the world's most important music capitals, including Berlin, New York, London, Amsterdam, Moscow, Salzburg, and St. Petersburg. In 1985, the Orchestre National de Lille made the first tour of Africa by a full symphonic ensemble. Casadesus' stature as a guest conductor rose as well, placing him before the major orchestras of London, Vienna, Moscow, Dresden, Prague, and Leipzig. In addition to his work with his own orchestra, Casadesus has regularly conducted at the Lille Opera and at France's other important houses in Paris and Lyon. Festivals at Orange and Aix-en-Provence have invited him on several occasions as well. Among Casadesus' recordings are excellent ones of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande and Stravinsky's Petroushka and L'oiseau de feu. Read less
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    Animals In Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 578281 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  George Frideric Handel,  Edvard Grieg,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  John Artore,  Balazs Szkolay,  Giorgio Koukl,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Kees Bakels,  Peter Breiner,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  David Lloyd-Jones  ... 
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    My First Orchestra Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578253 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Larionoff
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop,  Gerard Schwarz,  Nicholas Ward,  Anthony Bramall  ... 
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    Dutilleux: Orchestral, Piano & Chamber Masterworks
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 19364 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Aude Guirai,  Timothee Collardot,  Sarah Lecolle,  Truls Otterbech Mork  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Jean-Claude Casadesus,  Georges Prêtre  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  French Radio New Philharmonic Orchestra,  Champs-Élysées Theater Orchestra  ... 
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    My First Ballet Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578205 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Darius Milhaud,  Alexander Glazunov,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Jean-Claude Casadesus,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Theodore Kuchar  ... 
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    My First Lullaby Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578213 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Igor Stravinsky,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Idil Biret,  Einar Steen-Nökleberg,  Stefan Veselka  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner,  Anthony Bramall,  Alexander Rahbari,  Keith Clark  ... 
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  • 6.
    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition; Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloe, La Valse / Casadesus
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28180 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Maurice Ravel
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Bizet: Clovis Et Clotilde, Te Deum / Casadesus, Jovanovic, Do, Schnaible
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572270 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Philippe Do,  Katarina Jovanovic,  Mark Schnaible
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille National Orchestra,  Pas-de-calais North Regional Choir
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    The Devil's Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578085-86 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Robert Schumann,  György Ligeti,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Idil Biret,  Laurent Martin,  Ashley Wass  ... 
    Conductor:  Julius Rudel,  Johannes Wildner,  Alfred Walter,  Christian Benda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Métropole, Un Soir / Artango
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 93243 Release Date: 05/19/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Fabrice Ravel-Chapuis,  Various
    Performer:  Jacques Trupin,  Fabrice Ravel-Chapuis,  Nicolas Krassik,  Francois Michaud  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille National Orchestra,  Artango
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    Mahler: Kindertotenlieder; Ruckert Lieder; Des Knaben Wunderhorn
    Label: Forlane   Catalog: 920635 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  José Van Dam
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
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    Label: Forlane   Catalog: 904143 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Teresa Zylis-Gara
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
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    Bizet: Clovis Et Clotilde, Roma / Caballé, Casadesus
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 927489952 Release Date: 05/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  Gérard Garino,  Boris Martinovich
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille National Orchestra
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    Opera Classics - Berlioz: La Damnation De Faust / Casadesus
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8660116 Release Date: 05/16/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Marie-Ange Todorovitch,  Alain Vernhes,  Michael Myers,  Philippe Gérard  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille National Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Choir
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    The Very Best Of Debussy
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552127 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Pascal Devoyon,  Dong-Suk Kang,  François-Joël Thiollier,  Sjur Bjaerke  ... 
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam,  Alexander Rahbari,  Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vertavo String Quartet,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, Lt. Kijé / Casadesus, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557725 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Ewa Podles
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian State Academic Choir,  Lille National Orchestra
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    Opera Explained - Massenet: Werther
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558173 Release Date: 07/19/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Marcus Haddock,  Jean-Philippe Marlière,  Béatrice Uria-Monzon,  Jean Delescluse  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of the Maîtrise Boréale,  Lille National Orchestra
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    Milhaud: La Création Du Monde, Etc / Casadesus, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557287 Release Date: 06/21/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Darius Milhaud
    Performer:  Mathias Vidal,  Bernard Delétré,  Tomoko Makuuchi
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille National Orchestra
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    Opera Explained - Debussy: Pelléas Et Mélisande
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558172 Release Date: 04/19/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Hélène Jossoud,  Gabriel Bacquier,  Mireille Delunsch,  Armand Arapian  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nord-Pas-de-Calais Chorus,  Lille National Orchestra
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    Berlioz: Les Nuits D'été / Casadesus, Maurus
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557274 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Ernest Chausson,  Paul Dukas
    Performer:  Elsa Maurus
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille National Orchestra
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    Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne / Gens, Casadesus, et al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557491 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube
    Performer:  Véronique Gens
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille National Orchestra
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    Berlioz: Cantatas / Casadesus, Lagrange, Uria-monzon, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555810 Release Date: 08/19/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Daniel Galvez-Vallejo,  Michele Lagrange,  Béatrice Uria-Monzon
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nord-Pas-de-Calais Chorus,  Lille National Orchestra
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    Massenet: Werther / Casadesus, Haddock, Uria-monzon, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8660072-73 Release Date: 01/21/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Béatrice Uria-Monzon,  Jean Delescluse,  René Massis,  Jaël Azzaretti  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of the Maîtrise Boréale,  Lille National Orchestra
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    Ravel: Boléro, La Valse, Etc / Casadesus, Pludermacher
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951434 Release Date: 11/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Georges Pludermacher
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille National Orchestra
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    Berlioz: L'enfance Du Christ
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553650-51 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Michele Lagrange,  Jean-Luc Viala,  Michel Piquemal,  Jean-Louis Serre
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille Radio Orchestra,  Ile de France Regional Chorus
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    Poulenc: Organ Concerto, Concert Champêtre, Etc / Lefebvre
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554241 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Elisabeth Chojnacka,  Philippe Lefebvre
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille National Orchestra
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