Les Introuvables de Pierre Fournier

Release Date: 4/27/2010
Catalog Number: EMI 69708
Number of Discs: 4

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Pierre Fournier and Artur Schnabel recorded Beethoven's five cello sonatas in 1947 and 1948, although only the last three were issued at that time. The other two first appeared in the late 1970s when EMI released the cycle on LP... relaxed mastery and supple interplay... Fournier's sweet tone and sustained phrasing in the slow movements stand out to the same extent exhibited in his DG remakes with Gulda a decade later, but less so than his live 1965 Beethoven collaborations with Kempff, also on DG. Schnabel's pearl-shaped embellishments and exquisitely timed runs highlight Op. 69's finale, together with an effortless transition from the Adagio cantabile's last breath to the uplifting Allegro Vivace. The great fugue closing Op. 102 No. 2 moves with impressive, unpressured drive as Schnabel and Fournier toss the knotty counterpoint back and forth like two old friends engaged in meaningful conversation.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com [5/14/2001, reviewing Beethoven Sonatas 3-5, Pearl 125]

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The successor to Casals in the legendary trio with Thibaud and Cortot, Fournier made many notable chamber-music recordings including cycles of the Beethoven cello sonatas with Schnabel and Kempff, and two recordings of the Brahms sonatas with Firkusny and Kempff. A noted interpreter of the Dvorák Cello Concerto and Richard Strauss's Don Quixote (which he recorded with both Clemens Krauss and Herbert von Karajan), Fournier was an enthusiastic advocate of modern music—playing in the first (private) performance of Fauré's String Quartet (1925). Amongst the fine modern works for cello written for him are the concertos of Frank Martin and Bohuslav Martinu and the Cello Sonata by Francis Poulenc. He was also the soloist in the first performance of the Roussel Cello Sonata.

-- Gramophone [3/1986]
Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Cello no 2 in D major, Op. 101/H 7b no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Period: Classical
Written: 1783 ; Eszterhazá, Hungary
2. Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1850 ; Germany
3. Phantasiestücke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Babeth Léonet (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Germany
4. Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Conductor: Eugène Bigot
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876 ; Russia
5. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 5 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1796 ; Vienna, Austria
6. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 5 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1796 ; Vienna, Austria
7. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1807-1808 ; Vienna, Austria
8. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 4 in C major, Op. 102 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1815 ; Vienna, Austria
9. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1815 ; Vienna, Austria
10. Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Jean Hubeau (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1824 ; Vienna, Austria
11. Pieces (12) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 85: Abendlied by Robert Schumann
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Germany
12. Songs (6), Op. 86: no 2, Feldeinsamkeit by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1877-79 ; Austria
13. Romance for Cello and Piano, Op. 69 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Tasso Janopoulo (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; France
14. Shylock Suite, Op. 57: no 3, Nocturne by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Tasso Janopoulo (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889 ; France
15. Mavra: Russian Song by Igor Stravinsky
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Tasso Janopoulo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
16. Deux Morceaux pour violon et piano: Nocturne by Lili Boulanger
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Ernest Lush (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
17. Melodies (2) for Piano, Op. 3: no 1 in F major by Anton Rubinstein
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1852 ; Russia
18. Introduction and Polonaise for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 3 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1829-1830 ; Poland
19. Song without words for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 109 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845 ; Germany
20. Golden Cockerel: Hymn to the sun by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1906-1907 ; Russia
21. Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903 ; Russia
22. Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; France
23. Berceuse for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 16 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878-1879 ; France
24. Tonadillas en un estilo antiguo: no 9c, La maja dolorosa III "De aquel majo amante" by Enrique Granados
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1910-1911 ; Spain
25. Goyescas: Intermezzo by Enrique Granados
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1914-1916 ; Spain
26. La Gitana by Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic
27. Papillon for Cello and Piano in A major, Op. 77 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884 ; France
28. Sicilienne for Cello and Piano, Op. 78 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898 ; France
29. L'enfant prodigue: Prélude by Claude Debussy
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1884/1908 ; France
30. Pièce en forme de Habañera by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1907 ; France
31. Mélodies hébraïques (2): no 1, Kaddisch by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914-1919 ; France
32. Orgelbüchlein: O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sünde gross, BWV 622 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1714-1717 ; Weimar, Germany
33. Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1708-1717 ; ?Weimar, Germany
34. Orgelbüchlein: Ich ruf'zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1713-1717 ; Weimar, Germany
35. Orgelbüchlein: Nun komm'der Heiden Heiland, BWV 599 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1713-1717 ; Weimar, Germany
36. Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo in C major, G 6: Adagio and Allegro by Luigi Boccherini
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Gerald Moore (Piano)
37. Orgelbüchlein: Nun komm'der Heiden Heiland, BWV 599 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Gerald Moore (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1713-1717 ; Weimar, Germany
38. Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo in C major, G 6: Adagio and Allegro by Luigi Boccherini
Performer: Gerald Moore (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
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