Jean Fournet

Biography

Born: April 14, 1913; Rouen, France   Died: November 3, 2008; Weesp  
Methodical, unflappable (he is said to have seldom raised his voice), and subtle in the ways of the French repertory, Jean Fournet saw his career extend over an extraordinarily long period. After having established himself in his native country, he proved a welcome addition to opera companies in America, where the French style had become something of a lost art. Beyond stage work, he proved, both early and late, a persuasive interpreter of the Read more French symphonic literature. After studies at the Paris Conservatoire, Fournet made his debut in his native city in 1936; two years later, he was engaged by Rouen on a permanent basis. In 1940, he moved to Marseilles and, beginning in 1944, presided over the Paris Opéra-Comique as music director, simultaneously offering instruction in the art of conducting at the École Normale. In the 1950s, he was involved in several recording projects that enhanced his reputation considerably, notably his Fauré Requiem and a lightly turned Les Pêcheurs de perles. Two further appointments awaited him in Europe before he turned to a regimen of guest conducting: in 1961 he became conductor of the Netherlands Radio Symphony, and from 1968 to 1973, he served as artistic director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Fournet made his American opera debut with the Chicago Lyric Opera in 1965 directing a double bill consisting of a staged Carmina Burana and Ravel's magical L'heure espagnole, the latter with Teresa Berganza, Alfredo Kraus, and Sesto Bruscantini. The conductor impressed immediately as one who could imprint elegance and respect for French style on his casts. His success led to further assignments, each helping reestablish the French wing in a city that had known great French artists in decades past. Among the productions were Les Pêcheurs de perles in 1966, another double bill (Le Rossignol and Oedipus Rex) in 1968, Werther in 1971, Pelléas et Mélisande in 1972, Manon in 1973, and Don Quichotte in 1974. In 1987, Fournet made his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting a production of Samson et Dalila. In addition to a number of orchestral discs, Fournet recorded the aforementioned Les Pêcheurs de perles for Philips with Léopold Simoneau and Pierrette Alarie, still unsurpassed. Fournet's Fauré and Berlioz Requiems are also impressive, likewise his 1973 Chicago Manon with Kraus and Zylis-Gara. Read less
Bizet: Les Pêcheurs De Perles / Fournet, Simoneau, Alarie
Release Date: 04/08/2003   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 520202   Number of Discs: 2
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Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande / Maurane, Micheau, Fournet
Release Date: 08/10/1993   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 434783   Number of Discs: 2
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Charpentier: Louise / Fournet, Monmart, Michel, Et Al
Release Date: 10/09/2009   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 442082   Number of Discs: 3
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    The Menuhin Century: Luxury Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555050 Release Date: 04/22/2016   Number of Discs: 91
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Hubert Giesen,  Artur Balsam,  Marcel Gazelle  ... 
    Conductor:  Landon Ronald,  Pierre Monteux,  Jean Fournet,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Paris Symphonic Orchestra,  Colonne Concerts Orchestra  ... 
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    The Menuhin Century: Unpublished Recordings & Rarities
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555051 Release Date: 04/22/2016   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Hubert Giesen,  Artur Balsam,  Marcel Gazelle  ... 
    Conductor:  Landon Ronald,  Pierre Monteux,  Jean Fournet,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Paris Symphonic Orchestra,  Colonne Concerts Orchestra  ... 
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    Decca Sound  – Mono Years 1944 -1956
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002280602 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Maurice Ravel,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus,  Clifford Curzon,  Alfredo Campoli,  Henry Datyner  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Roger Desormière,  Karl Münchinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Paris Conservatoire Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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    Phase 4 Stereo - Stereo Concert Series
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002188302 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Charles A. Zimmerman,  Francis S. Van Boskerck,  George Norton  ... 
    Performer:  Stanley Black,  David Parkhouse,  Alan Loveday,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Rodney Bashford,  Stanley Black,  Bernard Herrmann,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenadier Guards Band,  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Recording Ensemble  ... 
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    Saint-saens: Piano Concerto No. 2; Cello Concerto No. 1; Violin Concerto No. 3; Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350077 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Emil Gilels,  Isaac Stern,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Arthur Grumiaux
    Conductor:  André Cluytens,  Eugene Ormandy,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Jean Fournet
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    The Art Of The Violin
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 7010 Release Date: 03/28/2013   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms,  Edouard Lalo,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Eduard Van Beinum,  Jean Fournet,  Bernhard Paumgartner  ... 
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    Dukas: Orchestral Music / Fournet, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1344 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Dukas
    Conductor:  Jean Fournet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
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    French Orchestral Music - Chausson, Faure, Honegger / Jean Fournet
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1328 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Chausson,  Gabriel Fauré,  Arthur Honegger
    Conductor:  Jean Fournet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Faure: Requiem; Pavane
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001706502 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Thomas Allen,  Sylvia [Soprano Vocals] McNair,  John Birch,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  George Guest,  Jean Fournet
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    The Early Years - Camille Maurane
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438970 Release Date: 12/28/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Henri Duparc,  Benjamin Britten,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Pierrette Alarie,  Camille Maurane,  Lily Bienvenu,  Janine Micheau
    Conductor:  Jean Fournet,  Paul Sacher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elisabeth Brasseur Chorus,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
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    Bizet: Les Pecheurs De Perles / Fournet, Simoneau, Alarie
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2382/83 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Pierrette Alarie,  Léopold Simoneau,  René Bianco,  Xavier Depraz
    Conductor:  Jean Fournet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Elisabeth Brasseur Chorus
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    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Vol 6 - Live Radio Recordings 1990-2000
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 11004 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Luciano Berio,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Ildiko Komlósi,  Kolos Kovacs,  Martha Argerich,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Claus Peter Flor,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Luciano Berio  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Swingle Singers,  Netherlands Radio Women's Chorus
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  • 13.
    50 Classical Music Favorites
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001388102 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Luigi Boccherini,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Heinz Holliger,  Italo Colandrea,  Antonio Perez,  Michael Copley  ... 
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen,  Sir Colin Davis,  Kurt Masur,  Silvio Varviso  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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    Charpentier: Louise / Fournet, Monmart, Michel, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 442082 Release Date: 10/09/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gustave Charpentier
    Performer:  Louis Musy,  Jacques Mars,  Louis Rialland,  André Laroze  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean Fournet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opéra Comique Orchestra,  Paris Opéra Comique Chorus
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    Idil Biret Concerto Edition Vol 3 - Ravel, Saint-saens
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571272 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Idil Biret
    Conductor:  Jean Fournet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
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    Arien / Irmgard Seefried
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437677 Release Date: 02/21/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Strauss,  Albert Lortzing,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Irmgard Seefried,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Marianne Schech,  Rita Streich  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum,  Karl Böhm,  Christoph Stepp,  Jean Fournet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    French Opera Masterworks
    Label: Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog: 9802 Release Date: 10/16/2007   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Georges Bizet,  Charles Gounod,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Oralia Dominguez,  Jon Vickers,  Ernest Blanc,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean Fournet,  Sir Georg Solti,  Georges Prêtre,  Anton Guadagno  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus  ... 
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  • 18.
    Opera Obsession! Act IV - Opera d'Oro's Greatest Hits
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1004 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Mirella Freni,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Jon Vickers,  Oralia Dominguez  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Schippers,  Jean Fournet,  Horst Stein,  Bohumil Gregor  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Netherlands Radio Symphony,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Pierrette Alarie - Couperin, Fauré, Mozart, Vivaldi
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10319 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Couperin,  Gabriel Fauré,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Pierrette Alarie,  Basia Retchitzka,  Marie Therese Cahn,  Léopold Simoneau  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean Fournet,  André Jouve,  Ernest Bour
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Paris Pro Musica Orchestra,  Society of the Conservatory Concerts Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Wagner, Verdi, Beethoven, Etc / Borkh, Giulini, Welitsch
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 714061 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Gian Carlo Menotti,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Inge Borkh,  Otto van Rohr,  Otto Wiener,  Christo Bajew  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Rother,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Jean Fournet,  Hans Müller-Kray  ... 
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  • 21.
    Holnd Fstvl - A Dutch Miracle - Fifty Years - 1947-1997
    Label: Globe   Catalog: 6900 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Rudolf Escher,  Richard Strauss,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Renato Capecchi,  Teresa Berganza,  Giulietta Simionato,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  George Szell,  Jean Fournet,  Kiril Kondrashin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Danzi Woodwind Quintet  ... 
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  • 22.
    Orchestre Colonne - Hundred Thirty Years Dedicated To Music
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3066 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Edouard Lalo,  Gabriel Fauré,  André Messager  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanne-Marie Darré,  Marcel Darrieux,  Louis Cahuzac,  M.H. Lopes  ... 
    Conductor:  Édouard Colonne,  Jean Fournet,  Paul Paray,  Gabriel Pierné  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Colonne Concerts Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Label: Sterling   Catalog: 1061 Release Date: 07/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bernard Zweers
    Conductor:  Jean Fournet,  Antoni Wit,  Lucas Vis
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    Bizet: Les Pêcheurs De Perles / Fournet, Simoneau, Alarie
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 520202 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Pierrette Alarie,  Léopold Simoneau,  René Bianco,  Xavier Depraz
    Conductor:  Jean Fournet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elisabeth Brasseur Chorus,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
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    Opera Obsession! Act Ii - Opera D'oro's Greatest Hits
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1002 Release Date: 02/04/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini,  François Boieldieu,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Giuliano Cianella,  Piero Cappuccilli,  Maria Callas,  Nicolai Gedda  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber,  Tullio Serafin,  Jean Fournet,  Henry Lewis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Hilversum Radio Chorus  ... 
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