Michel Corboz

Biography

Born: February 14, 1934; Marsens, Switzerland  
Swiss conductor Michel Corboz has devoted himself to directing the choral music of four centuries, bringing to it conviction and stylistic integrity (and a shrewd curiosity about the music of his own time). His performances of Bach are not universally liked, but that derives more from controversy over what constitutes authenticity than from lax interpretation. Corboz has addressed himself to Italian and French opera of the sixteenth and Read more seventeenth centuries as well, achieving middle ground in stylistic matters while welcoming the presence of fuller solo voices in many key roles. For his work, Corboz has been awarded numerous prizes and titles. During his studies at Fribourg's École Normale, Corboz found himself drawn to composition and solo voice performance. In 1953, he was engaged as director of music for a church in Lausanne, a position that afforded him the opportunity to direct the choral works he had come to value. By 1961, he was able to establish the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne with a body of singers he felt could do justice to early vocal works. By 1966, the ensemble had already recorded two major works of Monteverdi, therein gaining international recognition and placing it among the foremost companies undertaking pioneering work in early Baroque music. In 1969, Corboz was appointed director of the orchestra and chorus at La Fondation Gulbenkian de Lisbon and began directing performances and making recordings with them. In 1976, another opportunity opened with Corboz's appointment as instructor of choral music at Geneva's Conservatoire Supérior de Musique, a position he held until his retirement in 2004. Reflecting the conductor's broad interests, Corboz's catalog of recordings holds works by Charpentier (David et Jonathas), Cavalli, Bach (the Passions and Mass in B minor), Mozart (Requiem and Mass in C minor), Mendelssohn (Paulus and Elias/Elijah), Brahms, Fauré, Verdi, Duruflé, Honegger, and compatriot Frank Martin. For these recordings, Corboz has collaborated with his Lausanne and Gulbenkian ensembles, as well as others such as the English Bach Festival Baroque Orchestra. Among the honors accorded Corboz are the Grand Prize of Lausanne (1990), Portugal's Ordre de l'Infant Don Henrique, and Argentina's Prize of Critics (1995 and 1996). Corboz was also awarded the title of Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France, and was the subject of a French language documentary film in 2002, Michel Corboz, les voix, ma passion ("Michel Corboz - Voices, My Passion.") Read less
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    Chants a la vierge: Schola Aeterna / Corboz, Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 262 Release Date: 04/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Paul Berthier,  Jehan-Ariste Alain,  Paul Ladmirault  ... 
    Performer:  Jonathan Spicher,  Manuel Rebelo,  Marie [Soprano Vocal] Jaermann,  Helene [Soprano Vocal] Pelourdeau
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne
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    Mendelssohn: Psaumes 42, 95 & 115
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 550565 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Christine Baumann,  Pierre Blaser,  Joanna Silva,  Evelyn Brunner  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
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    Simply The Best Classical Anthems
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 550583 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Bottesini,  Carl Orff,  Gustav Holst,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Alain Lombard,  Zubin Mehta,  Southend Boys' Choir,  London Philharmonic Choir  ... 
    Conductor:  Alain Lombard,  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
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    Maria Joao Pires - The Complete Erato Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 631065 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires,  Huseyin Sermet
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Armin Jordan,  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Lisbon Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra,  Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne  ... 
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    Erato - 50 CD Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 46441 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Pierre Pierlot,  Paul Hongne,  Jacques Chambon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Frigyes Sándor,  Kent Nagano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Soloists  ... 
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  • 6.
    The Complete Bach Edition
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 664202 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 154
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Max van Egmond,  Kurt Equiluz,  Paul Esswood,  Walter Gampert  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Ton Koopman,  Jaap Schröder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 7.
    300 Years Of Sacred Music / Corboz, Ensemble Vocal De Lausanne
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3158 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Giacomo Carissimi,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier  ... 
    Performer:  Thilo Hirsch,  Matthias Spaeter,  Yves Rechsteiner,  Simon Jaunin  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Vocal Ensemble,  Lausanne Instrumental Ensemble
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    Gounod: Requiem; Messe Chorale
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 129 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod
    Performer:  Charlotte Muller,  Valerie Bonnard,  Christophe Einhorn,  Christian Immler
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Vocal Ensemble
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  • 9.
    50 Best Adagios
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57489 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Pachelbel,  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Giovanni Scaramuzzino,  Véronique Gens,  David Daniels,  Steven Isserlis  ... 
    Conductor:  Ian Watson,  Andrew Parrott,  Christopher Warren-Green,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Taverner Consort,  Seminario Musicale  ... 
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    Bach: Mass In B Minor Bwv 232 / Corboz, Tanimura, Bonnard, Droy, Immler, Et Al
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 81 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Sébastien Droy,  Christian Immler,  Yumiko Tanimura,  Valerie Bonnard
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Instrumental Ensemble,  Lausanne Vocal Ensemble
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    Monteverdi: Tancred The Crusader / Huttenlocher, Corboz
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4393 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Rosemary Hardy,  Philippe Huttenlocher
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
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    Sousa Carvalho: Te Deum;  Seixas, Teixeira, Almeida: Motets
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 453182 Release Date: 10/15/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joao de Sousa Carvalho,  Carlos Seixas,  Antonio Teixeira,  Francisco A. de Almeida
    Performer:  Antoine Sibertin-Blanc,  Cremilde Rosado Fernandes,  Alvaro Malta,  John Mitchinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Salzmann,  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Chamber Orchestra Lisbon,  Gulbenkian Foundation Chorus Lisbon
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    Schubert: Mass No 6 In B Flat Major / Corboz, Fournier, Cohen, Karasiak, Sister, Et Al
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 51 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  Lausanne Vocal Ensemble
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    Charpentier: Messe Pour Les Trépassés / Corboz, Smith
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 97238 Release Date: 01/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Performer:  Michel Brodard,  Jennifer Smith,  Hannah Schaer,  Fernando Serafim  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Chamber Orchestra Lisbon,  Gulbenkian Foundation Chorus Lisbon,  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
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    Beethoven: Messe Op 86, Meeresstille Und Glückliche Fahrt
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45461 Release Date: 12/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Lilia Bizimeche-Eisinger,  Audrey Michael,  Michel Brodard,  Markus Schäfer
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon,  Gulbenkian Foundation Chorus Lisbon
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    Fauré: Requiem, Etc / Corboz, Harvey, Quintans, Et Al
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 28 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Ana Quintans,  Peter Harvey
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Vocal Ensemble,  Sinfonia Varsovia
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  • 17.
    Michel Corboz Edition Vol 5 - Arthur Honnegger
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3091 Release Date: 01/02/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arthur Honegger
    Performer:  Susana Oliveira Teixeira,  Nicholas McNair,  Gilles Cachemaille,  Brigitte Balleys  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Chorus Lisbon,  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon,  Pequenos Cantores do Grêmio Literário
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    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3090 Release Date: 12/01/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Elisabeth Graf,  Christiane Buntschu,  Natacha Ducret,  Philip Nielsen  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne
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    Mozart: Requiem / Corboz, Ensemble Vocal De Lausanne
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3089 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Catherine Dubosc,  Ewa Podles,  Michel Brodard,  Guy de Mey  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Instrumental Ensemble,  Lausanne Vocal Ensemble
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  • 20.
    M. A. Charpentier: Jesuit Vespers / Corboz, Et Al
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3088 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Vocal Ensemble
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  • 21.
    Bedtime Beats - The Secret To Sleep
    Label: Rhino Records   Catalog: 77617 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Erik Satie,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Elisabeth Leonskaja,  Nikolai Lugansky,  Jean-François Heisser  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths,  Yutaka Sado,  Armin Jordan,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    Michel Corboz Edition Vol 1 - Bach: St. John Passion
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3087 Release Date: 09/05/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Charles Daniels,  Peter Harvey,  Christoph Prégardien,  Michel Brodard  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Instrumental Ensemble,  Lausanne Vocal Ensemble
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  • 23.
    Monteverdi, Martin: Messes A Capella / Corboz, Lausanne Vocal Ensemble
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 1025 Release Date: 08/01/2005  
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Claudio Monteverdi
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Vocal Ensemble
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  • 24.
    Purcell: Didon Et Énée / Corboz, Berganza, Wahlgren, Et Al
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 5005 Release Date: 08/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Per Arne Wahlgren,  Teresa Berganza
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Instrumental Ensemble
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    Brahms, Mendelssohn: Choral Music / Corboz, Lausanne Ensemble
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 62331 Release Date: 05/11/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Instrumental Ensemble,  Lausanne Vocal Ensemble
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