Pierre Fournier Edition: Complete Recordings on DG, Decca & Philips

Release Date: 2/10/2017
Number of Discs: 1

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Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Cello in D minor by Edouard Lalo
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Conductor: Jean Martinon
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; France
2. Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Conductor: Jean Martinon
Period: Romantic
Written: 1872 ; France
3. Kol Nidrei for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 47 by Max Bruch
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Conductor: Jean Martinon
Period: Romantic
Written: 1881 ; Liverpool, England
4. Schelomo by Ernest Bloch
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915-1916 ; USA
5. Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Wolfgang Schneiderhan (Violin), Pierre Fournier (Cello), Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1804 ; Vienna, Austria
6. Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Wolfgang Schneiderhan (Violin), Pierre Fournier (Cello), Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1804 ; Vienna, Austria
7. Don Quixote, Op. 35 by Richard Strauss
Performer: Giusto Cappone (Viola), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896-1897 ; Germany
8. Concerto for Cello in E minor, RV 409 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Festival Strings Lucerne
Period: Baroque
9. Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894-1895 ; USA
10. Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1919 ; England
11. Pièces en concert, for cello & string ensemble by François Couperin
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
12. Concerto for Cello no 3 in A major, Wq 172/H 439 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: ?1753 ; Berlin, Germany
13. Concerto for Cello in B flat major, G 482 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: ?1785 ;
14. Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 1 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Henryk Szeryng (Violin), Pierre Fournier (Cello), Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1794-1795 ; Vienna, Austria
15. Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 1 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Henryk Szeryng (Violin), Pierre Fournier (Cello), Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1794-1795 ; Vienna, Austria
16. Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 1 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Henryk Szeryng (Violin), Wilhelm Kempff (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: 1794-1795 ; Vienna, Austria
17. Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 1 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Henryk Szeryng (Violin), Wilhelm Kempff (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: 1794-1795 ; Vienna, Austria
18. Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 1 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Henryk Szeryng (Violin), Pierre Fournier (Cello), Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1794-1795 ; Vienna, Austria
19. Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 1 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Henryk Szeryng (Violin), Pierre Fournier (Cello), Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1794-1795 ; Vienna, Austria
20. Trio for Piano and Strings no 5 in D major, Op. 70 no 1 "Ghost" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Henryk Szeryng (Violin), Wilhelm Kempff (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: 1808 ; Vienna, Austria
21. Trio for Piano and Strings no 5 in D major, Op. 70 no 1 "Ghost" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Henryk Szeryng (Violin), Wilhelm Kempff (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: 1808 ; Vienna, Austria
22. Trio for Piano and Strings no 6 in E flat major, Op. 70 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Henryk Szeryng (Violin), Pierre Fournier (Cello), Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1808 ; Vienna, Austria
23. Trio for Piano and Strings no 6 in E flat major, Op. 70 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Henryk Szeryng (Violin), Pierre Fournier (Cello), Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1808 ; Vienna, Austria
24. Trio for Piano and Strings no 7 in B flat major, Op. 97 "Archduke" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Henryk Szeryng (Violin), Wilhelm Kempff (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: 1810-1811 ; Vienna, Austria
25. Trio for Piano and Strings no 7 in B flat major, Op. 97 "Archduke" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Henryk Szeryng (Violin), Wilhelm Kempff (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: 1810-1811 ; Vienna, Austria
26. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 5 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Friedrich Gulda (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: 1796 ; Vienna, Austria
27. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 5 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Friedrich Gulda (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: 1796 ; Vienna, Austria
28. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Friedrich Gulda (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: 1807-1808 ; Vienna, Austria
29. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 4 in C major, Op. 102 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Friedrich Gulda (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: 1815 ; Vienna, Austria
30. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Friedrich Gulda (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: 1815 ; Vienna, Austria
31. Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in G major on a theme by Handel, WoO 45 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Friedrich Gulda (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: 1796 ; Vienna, Austria
32. Variations (7) for Cello and Piano on Mozart's "Bei Männern", WoO 46 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Friedrich Gulda (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: 1801 ; Vienna, Austria
33. Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in F major on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen", Op. 66 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Friedrich Gulda (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: 1796 ; Vienna, Austria
34. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 5 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1796 ; Vienna, Austria
35. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 5 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1796 ; Vienna, Austria
36. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1807-1808 ; Vienna, Austria
37. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 4 in C major, Op. 102 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1815 ; Vienna, Austria
38. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Wilhelm Kempff (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: 1815 ; Vienna, Austria
39. Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in G major on a theme by Handel, WoO 45 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Wilhelm Kempff (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: 1796 ; Vienna, Austria
40. Variations (7) for Cello and Piano on Mozart's "Bei Männern", WoO 46 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Wilhelm Kempff (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: 1801 ; Vienna, Austria
41. Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in F major on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen", Op. 66 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Wilhelm Kempff (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: 1796 ; Vienna, Austria
42. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Rudolf Firkusny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862-1865 ; Austria
43. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Rudolf Firkusny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; Austria
44. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8 by César Franck
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Jean Fonda (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; France
45. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8 by César Franck
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Jean Fonda (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; France
46. Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Jean Fonda (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1824 ; Vienna, Austria
47. Variations Concertantes for Cello and Piano, Op. 17 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Jean Fonda (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1829 ; Germany
48. Stücke (5) im Volkston for Cello and Piano, Op. 102 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Jean Fonda (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Germany
49. Phantasiestücke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Jean Fonda (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Germany
50. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Jean Fonda (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845-1846 ; Paris, France
51. Sonata for Cello and Harpsichord in E major by François Francoeur
Performer: Lamar Crowson (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Baroque
52. Sonata in E Major for Cello and Piano: Adagio cantabile - Allegro vivo by François Francoeur
Performer: Lamar Crowson (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
53. Sonata for Cello in C Major: Tempo di minuetto by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Lamar Crowson (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
54. Sonates progressives (6) for Violin and Piano: no 3 in D minor, J 101/Op. 10 no 3 - Rondo by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer: Lamar Crowson (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1810 ; Germany
55. Sonates progressives (6) for Violin and Piano: no 3 in D minor, J 101/Op. 10 no 3 - Larghetto by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer: Lamar Crowson (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1810 ; Germany
56. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Lamar Crowson (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830-1831 ; Poland
57. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Lamar Crowson (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830-1831 ; Poland
58. Golden Cockerel: Hymn to the sun by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer: Lamar Crowson (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1906-1907 ; Russia
59. Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer: Lamar Crowson (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903 ; Russia
60. Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer: Lamar Crowson (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903 ; Russia
61. Adagio and Allegro for Horn/Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Lamar Crowson (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Germany
62. Ave Maria (Bach-Gounod) by Charles Gounod
Performer: Lamar Crowson (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
63. Morceaux (6) for Piano, Op. 51: No. 6, Valse sentimentale by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Lamar Crowson (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
64. Sechs Lieder, Op. 86: Feldeinsamkeit by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Lamar Crowson (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; Germany
65. Elfentanz (Dance of the Elves), for cello & piano, Op. 39 by David Popper
Performer: Lamar Crowson (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1881 ; Austria
66. Rondo for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 94 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Lamar Crowson (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893 ; Bohemia
67. Le carnaval des animaux, R. 125: Le cygne "The Swan" by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Lamar Crowson (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; France
68. Fantasia on the G String by Niccolò Paganini
Performer: Lamar Crowson (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
69. Pezzo capriccioso for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 62 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Lamar Crowson (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Russia
70. Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
71. Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
72. Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
73. Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
74. Suite for Cello solo no 6 in D major, BWV 1012 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
75. Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
76. Concerto for Cello no 2 in D major, Op. 101/H 7b no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Conductor: Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1783 ; Eszterhazá, Hungary
77. Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894-1895 ; USA
78. Don Quixote, Op. 35 by Richard Strauss
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Conductor: Clemens Krauss
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896-1897 ; Germany
79. Concerto for Cello in B flat major, G 482 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Conductor: Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: ?1785 ;
80. Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo in E minor, Op. 14 no 5/RV 40 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Conductor: Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1740 ; Venice, Italy
81. Pièces en concert, for cello & string ensemble by François Couperin
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Conductor: Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
82. Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Ernest Lush (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1708-1717 ; ?Weimar, Germany
83. Baal Shem: Three Pictures of Chasidic Life: No. 2. Nigun by Ernest Bloch
Performer: Ernest Lush (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Modern
Written: 1923 ;
84. Chanson Louis XIII & Pavane by François Couperin
Performer: Ernest Lush (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
85. Beau soir by Claude Debussy
Performer: Ernest Lush (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: circa 1880 ; France
86. Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80: Fileuse (Spinning Song) by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Ernest Lush (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898 ; France
87. Preludes (3) for Piano: no 2 in C sharp minor, Andante con moto e poco rubato by George Gershwin
Performer: Ernest Lush (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1926 ; USA
88. Granadina by Joaquin Nin
Performer: Ernest Lush (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1923 ;
89. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; Austria
90. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862-1865 ; Austria
91. Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 1 in G major, BWV 1027 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Ernest Lush (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
92. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Jean Fonda (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; Austria
93. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Jean Fonda (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862-1865 ; Austria
94. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Jean Fonda (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878-1879 ; Austria
95. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Jean Fonda (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878-1879 ; Austria
96. Sonata for Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 36 by Edvard Grieg
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello), Jean Fonda (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883 ; Norway
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Aristocratic, elegant, tasteful, cultivated. These are only four clichés that most lazy critics use to describe the artistry of cellist Pierre Fournier, yet those four words constantly came to mind as I reacquainted myself with his Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, and Philips recordings, all gathered together here for the first time, complete in one package. Where to start?

You might go first to the dazzlingly executed passagework in the Chopin sonata’s difficult finale. Then you could sample the lightness and lilt of the Brahms E minor sonata’s Scherzo in all three of Fournier’s recorded versions. Then there’s Fournier’s impassioned yet controlled phrasing in the rhapsodic Fifth Variation of Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote, especially in his recording with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Speaking of the latter, it’s interesting how this orchestra could shed Karajan’s blended orchestral image and deliver gaunter, more firmly etched results with George Szell at the helm in the Dvorák concerto, or in the Elgar concerto led by Alfred Wallenstein. By contrast, the Bruch Kol Nidrei with Wallenstein finds Fournier’s cello too up-front in the mix. Nothing new needs to be said about Fournier’s Lalo D minor and Saint-Saëns’ A minor with Jean Martinon and the Orchestre Lamoreux, except that they are the most stylishly coherent interpretations on disc.

The Beethoven Triple Concerto and Piano Trios with Henryk Szeryng and Wilhelm Kempff remain references after more than half a century in print, while Fournier’s two DG Beethoven sonata cycles still provide fascinating and contrasted listening experiences on account of their different pianists: the earlier recording has the emphatically brash Friedrich Gulda, while the remake offers a more sympathetically collaborative partner in Kempff.

The Bach Suites may not match Heinrich Schiff’s sophisticated execution or Jean-Guihen Queyras’ extraordinary attention to detail, yet Fournier’s way of following through melodic lines to their final destinations represents a master class in bowing from which all cellists can benefit, and violinists too, for that matter.

Like most great cellists of the past, Fournier readily embraced miniature showpieces and transcriptions as ideal virtuoso vehicles, imbuing them with as much care and consideration as he did large-scale masterpieces. DG’s intelligent and clear “original jacket” packaging and Jürgen Ostmann’s appreciative yet never fawning booklet notes add value to a reasonably priced 25-CD set that cello fans should acquire while they can.

– ClassicsToday (Jed Distler)
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