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Michel Corboz

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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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  • 1.
    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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    Bach: Piano Concertos BWV 1052, 1055, 1056 / Pires, Corboz
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 51916 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Orchestra
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    A Year With Jesus
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2667 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Francis Poulenc,  Gustav Holst  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Jacques Neilz,  Robert Veyron-Lacroix  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott,  Philippe Herreweghe,  Harry Christophers,  David Hill  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Choir,  The Sixteen,  Seminario Musicale  ... 
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    Mozart Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2586 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff,  Michel Portal,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Paul Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Christopher Warren-Green,  John Nelson,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
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  • 6.
    Suppe, Bomtempo: Requiems  / Corboz, Gulbenkian Choir And Orchestra
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2864 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz von Suppé,  Joao Domingos Bomtempo
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon,  Gulbenkian Foundation Chorus Lisbon
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    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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    The Legend Of Mozart
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 0709452 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Diana Damrau,  Natalie Dessay,  Véronique Gens,  Margaret Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Jérémie Rhorer,  Louis Langrée,  Ivor Bolton,  Riccardo Muti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris,  Sinfonia Varsovia,  Le Concert D'Astrée  ... 
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    Mozart: Best Loved Adagios
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 84029 Release Date: 08/23/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Paul Meyer,  Samuel Coles,  Naoko Yoshino  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  John Nelson,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Louis Langrée  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris,  Ensemble instrumental de Genève
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  • 10.
    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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  • 11.
    Court Of The Sun King - The Glory Of The French Baroque
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 675239 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Nicolas Bernier,  Louis Marchand  ... 
    Performer:  Marie-Claire Alain,  Maurice André,  Georges Abdoun,  Martha Angelici  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Martini,  Jean-François Paillard,  Louis Devos,  Louis Frémaux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Chorale des Jeunesses Musicales de France,  A Coeur Joie Vocal Ensemble  ... 
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    Maurice Andre Edition: Suites, Dances And Arrangements
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 4676062 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Traditional,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Jean-Michel Defaye  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Karius,  Gus Wallez,  Maurice André,  Guy Pedersen  ... 
    Conductor:  Claude Pichaureau,  Marc Soustrot,  François Rauber,  Claude Lagrange  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonie Municipale D'alès,  Ensemble of Bologna,  Ensemble De Cuivres De Paris  ... 
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  • 13.
    Vivaldi: Sacred Music
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4676218 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jennifer Smith,  Wally Staempfli,  Jean-Pierre Maurer,  Christiane Jaccottet  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/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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    The Vivaldi Experience
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 79265 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Piero Toso,  Jennifer Smith,  Marilyn Horne,  Victoria de los Angeles  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Vocal et Instrumental de Lausanne
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    Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248 / Corboz, Schlick, Watkinson, Ensemble De Lausanne
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 686217 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Carolyn Watkinson,  Michel Brodard,  Kurt Equiluz,  Barbara Schlick
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Vocal Ensemble,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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    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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    50 Best Baroque
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57503 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Jeremiah Clarke,  John Dowland,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  Gérard Lesne,  Susan Graham,  Christopher Robson  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Richard Hickox,  Andrew Parrott,  Emmanuelle Haïm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Taverner Players,  Orlando Gibbons Viol Ensemble  ... 
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  • 19.
    Zen Voices
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 28443 Release Date: 05/18/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Lambert Orkis,  Arleen Augér,  Barbara Hendricks  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Schoenwandt,  Daniel Barenboim,  Laurence Equilbey,  Paavo Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cellos ensemble of the Orchestre de Paris,  Ensemble Matheus,  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris  ... 
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    Franck: Sept Paroles Du Christ Sur La Croix; Gounod: Les Sept Paroles De Notre Seigneur Jesus-christ
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 106 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Charles Gounod
    Performer:  Laure Ermacora,  Luc Aeschlimann,  Sophie Graf,  Marcelo Giannini  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
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    Charpentier: David Et Jonathas / Corboz, Esswood, Huttenlocher, English Bach Festival Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4682896 Release Date: 04/19/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Performer:  Colette Alliot-Lugaz,  Pali Marinov,  Philippe Huttenlocher,  Paul Esswood  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Bach Festival Baroque Orchestra,  Enfants De La Cigale De Lyon Et Du Lycée Musical,  Maîtrise De L’opéra De Lyon
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    Bach: Missae Breves Bwv 233-236 / Corboz, Voix Et Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4690468 Release Date: 06/22/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne,  Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne
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    Mendelssohn Edition, Vol. 4 - Choral Music
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4692676 Release Date: 06/15/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Christiane Oertel,  Edith Wiens,  José Fardilha,  Nathalie Stutzmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon  ... 
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    Santa Cecilia - Purcell, Handel, Haydn
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 66356 Release Date: 05/19/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Helen Donath,  Thomas Allen,  Robert Tear,  Sally Burgess  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Andrew Parrott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon,  Gulbenkian Foundation Chorus Lisbon,  Cambridge King's College Choir  ... 
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    Mendelssohn Edition, Vol. 3: Paulus; Elias; Lieder
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4692699 Release Date: 05/18/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Rachel Yakar,  Brigitte Balleys,  Markus Schäfer,  Thomas Hampson  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon,  Gulbenkian Foundation Chorus Lisbon
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