Michel Portal


Born: November 27, 1935; Bayonne, France  
Multi-instrumentalist (clarinets, saxophones, bandoneon, etc.) and composer Michel Portal can be considered as the father figure of the French modern jazz scene.

Classically trained, Portal gained notoriety through his association with various modern and contemporary music composers. His performance as the featured soloist on Pierre Boulez's Domaines remains a highlight of his career. However, this exceptional musician also had a serious
Read more interest in folk music and jazz. In the late '60s, he initiated the free jazz movement in France with François Tusques, Bernard Vitet, and Sunny Murray. He went on to form New Phonic Art with Vinko Globokar, Carlos Roque Alsina, and Jean-Pierre Drouet to encourage collective improvisation, sonic explorations, and instant composing. In 1970, Portal developed a fruitful collaboration with John Surman. The following year, he created the long-lived Michel Portal Unit, a structure designed to have European and American musicians meet in a freely improvised setting. In 1975, writing movie soundtracks became a regular activity, which is well-documented on Musiques de Cinémas. In the '80s and '90s, Portal went through countless new musical encounters, never following a plan and always seizing the moment. During that period, his most notable collaborators included Pierre Favre, Dave Liebman, Martial Solal, Mino Cinelu, and Jack DeJohnette. At the turn of the century, Portal finally started to make a serious connection with the U.S., and Minneapolis in particular. He enlisted the help of some of Prince's musicians to develop a rock-tinged project which represented yet another departure. Read less
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  • 1.
    Eric Le Sage plays Poulenc
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88985321992 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Eric Le Sage,  Frédéric Lodéon,  Frank Braley,  Mathieu Dufour  ... 
    Conductor:  Stéphane Denève
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Liège Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 2.
    Tchaikovsky, Korngold: Concertos; Doubles Jeux / 	Laurent Korcia
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40040 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Maurice Ravel,  Michel Portal  ... 
    Performer:  Laurent Korcia,  Michael Wendeberg,  Michel Portal,  Nemanja Radulovic  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Jacques Kantorow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Liège Philharmonic Orchestra,  Jean-Louis Aubert
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  • 3.
    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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  • 4.
    Pierre Boulez: The Complete Works [13-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001836502 Release Date: 07/23/2013   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Pierre Boulez
    Performer:  Sophie Cherrier,  Pierre-André Valade,  Emmanuelle Ophèle,  Pierre-Laurent Aimard  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Diego Masson,  Roger Desormière
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Singers  ... 
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  • 5.
    Poulenc: Complete Works [20-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 972165 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino,  Jacques Février,  Emmanuel Strosser,  Xavier Phillips  ... 
    Conductor:  François Boulanger,  Georges Prêtre,  John Alldis,  Harry Christophers  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Garde Républicaine Soloists Ensemble,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus  ... 
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  • 6.
    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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  • 7.
    Schumann 200th Anniversary - Chamber Music
    Label: Warner 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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  • 8.
    Dances - Doubles Jeux / Laurent Korcia
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5154 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Michel Legrand,  Béla Bartók,  Henri Wieniawski,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Philippe Viret,  Christophe Lartilleux,  Laurent Korcia,  Florin Niculescu  ... 
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    Poulenc: Chamber Music / Pascal Rogé
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421581 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Patrick Gallois,  Michel Portal,  Amaury Wallez  ... 
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  • 10.
    EMI 20th Century Classics - Prokofiev
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6860 Release Date: 07/22/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Michel Béroff,  Michel Portal,  Frank Peter Zimmermann  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Charles Dutoit,  Efrem Kurtz,  Riccardo Muti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 11.
    Doubles Jeux - Debussy, Bartok, Etc / Korcia, Aubert, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5066 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gideon Klein,  Béla Bartók,  Laurent Korcia,  Henri Wieniawski  ... 
    Performer:  Tatjana Vassilieva,  Laurent Korcia,  Nemanja Radulovic,  Michael Wendeberg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jean-Louis Aubert
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  • 12.
    Musique De Chambre Française / Pascal Rogé, Cantin, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425861 Release Date: 03/19/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent D'Indy,  Darius Milhaud,  Francis Poulenc,  Jean Françaix  ... 
    Performer:  André Cazalet,  Pascal Rogé,  Michel Portal,  Amaury Wallez  ... 
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  • 13.
    Mozart For My Baby
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 51793 Release Date: 05/02/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Bernhard Flies
    Performer:  Dagmar Schellenberger,  Semeon Skigin,  Andreas Schmidt,  Catherine Pierard  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Franz Welser-Möst,  Roger Norrington,  Jean-Bernard Pommier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Stockholm Chamber Orchestra,  London Classical Players  ... 
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  • 14.
    Bartók: Violin Concerto No 2, Sonatas, Etc / Laurent Korcia
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 4991 Release Date: 03/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Laurent Korcia,  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet,  Michel Portal
    Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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    Agobet: Génération, Phonal, Etc / Roth, Et Al
    Label: Timpani   Catalog: 1094 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Louis Agobet
    Performer:  Michel Portal,  Paul Meyer,  Alain Billard,  Xavier Phillips  ... 
    Conductor:  François-Xavier Roth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Brahms: Horn Trio, Clarinet Trio / Del Vescovo, Portal
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4617922 Release Date: 04/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Michel Dalberto,  Pierre Amoyal,  Pierre Del Vescovo,  Frédéric Lodéon  ... 
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  • 17.
    Brahms: Quintet Op 111 & 115 / Causse, Portal, Melos Quartet
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951349 Release Date: 07/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Michel Portal,  Gérard Caussé
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart
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  • 18.
    Vinko Globokar: Eisenberg; Airs De Voyages Vers L'interieur; Labour
    Label: Col Legno   Catalog: 20004 Release Date: 08/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vinko Globokar
    Performer:  Vinko Globokar,  Josip Dern Kovic,  Tomaz Faganel,  Joze Fürst  ... 
    Conductor:  Vinko Globokar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Illinois New Music Ensemble
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  • 19.
    Poulenc: Organ Concerto, Concert Champêtre, Etc
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 448270 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Sylvia Greenberg,  George Malcolm,  Alexander Wolkovski,  Bracha Eden  ... 
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Iona Brown,  Sergiu Comissiona,  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Pro Arte Chorus,  Suisse Romande Radio Chorus,  Suisse Romande Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Gidon Kremer - Hommage A Piazzolla
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79407 Release Date: 09/24/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Jerzy Peterburshsky
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Vadim Sakharov,  Alois Posch,  Per Arne Glorvigen  ... 
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  • 21.
    Prokofiev: The 5 Piano Concertos / Béroff, Masur
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 62542 Release Date: 09/29/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Michel Béroff,  Michel Portal
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parrenin String Quartet,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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