Icon: Pierre Fournier: The Artistry of the Cello (works by Schumann, Brahms, Saint-Saens, Poulenc, etc)

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PIERRE FOURNIER
Icon: Pierre Fournier: The Artistry of the Cello (works by Schumann, Brahms, Saint-Saens, Poulenc, etc)
Pierre Fournier (cello) with various orchestras & conductors

[ EMI Icon / 7 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Sunday 10 October 2010

"Certainly the title is apt. Fournier was, indeed, an aristocrat among cellists, a musician of absolute refinement whose compelling intensity was derived through subtle increments, not ladled out by the yard. Noble, selfless and wonderful." (Bargain of the Month MusicWeb Nov 2010)

"Certainly the title is apt. Fournier was, indeed, an aristocrat among cellists, a musician of absolute refinement whose compelling intensity was derived through subtle increments, not ladled out by the yard. He has been the subject of a number of retrospectives and some important restorations. Many of the recordings included in this 7 CD Icon box will therefore be very familiar - I suppose the Brahms Double with Oistrakh is the most well known - but equally there are some surprises from amongst the discography and some interesting early recordings made either pre-war or during the war itself that might have proved elusive. Noble, selfless and wonderful." (Bargain of the Month MusicWeb Nov 2010)

Pierre Fournier was born in Paris on 24 June in 1906 the son of a French army general. He was known for his lyrical playing and his impeccable artistic sensitivity and this, during his lifetime, earned him the title 'the aristocrat of cellists'.

Fournier was first taught piano by his mother but at the age of nine he suffered a mild case of polio and lost some of the agility in his legs and feet. He was no longer able to master the use of the piano pedals and so turned to the cello.

At the age of 17 he graduated from the Conservatoire in Paris and was hailed as 'the cellist of the future', winning praise for his virtuosity and bowing technique. During the 1920s he played in the Krettly String Quartet and joined the Concerts Colonne Orchestra. His growing fame brought him into contact with all the great musicians of the time and he started recording with many of them.

Fournier's catalogue of EMI recordings is not extensive but, as illustrated by this 7-CD set, it covers a wide range of music from Bach to Poulenc, all recorded over a period of 34 years - from 1937 to 1971.

Fournier remained an active performer almost to the end of his life. One of his last concerts was in London when he was 78. He died in 1986.

Tracks:

CD 1
Cello Concerto in A (Robert Schumann)
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A major, Op.33 (Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky)
Double Concerto in A minor Op. 102 (Johannes Brahms)

CD 2
Cello Concerto in B minor B191 (Antonín Dvorák)
Cello Concerto No.1 in A Mino (Camille Saint-Saëns)
Variations On A Rococo Theme In A Major Op.33 (Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)

CD 3
01 2 (Op. 101) (arr. Gevaert)
02 2 (Op. 101) (arr. Gevaert)
03 2 (Op. 101) (arr. Gevaert)
04 I Allegro Moderato Sonata (Franz Schubert)
05 II Adagio Sonata For Arpeg (Franz Schubert)
06 III Allegretto (3eme Mvt) (Franz Schubert)
07 I Zart Und Mit Ausdruck Fa (Robert Schumann)
08 II Lebhaft, Leicht Fantasi (Robert Schumann)
09 III Rasch, Mit Feuer Fanta (Robert Schumann)
Sonata For Cello (Francis Poulenc)
I Allegro Tempo Di Marcia
II Cavatine
III Ballabile Sonata For Cello
IV Finale Sonata For Cello

CD 4
01 I. Adagio sostenuto - Allegro: Sonata for Cello and Piano
02 II. Allegro vivace: Sonata for Cello and Piano
03 I. Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo: Sonata for Cello and Piano
04 I. - Allegro molto più tosto presto: Sonata for Cello and Piano
05 II. Rondo (Allegro): Sonata for Cello and Piano
06 I. Allegro ma non tanto: Sonata for Cello and Piano
07 II. Scherzo (Allegro molto): Sonata for Cello and Piano
08 III. Adagio cantabile - Allegro vivace: Sonata for Cello and Piano
09 Abendlied Op.85 N°12 (Robert Schumann)
10 Feldeinsamkeit Op.86 N°2 (Johannes Brahms)
11 No. 1 in F major (arr vlc. & pf.: Popper &

CD 5
01 I. Andante - Allegro vivace: Sonata for Cello and Piano
02 II. Adagio - Tempo d'Andante - Allegro vivace: Sonata for Cello and Piano
03 I. Allegro con brio:Sonata for Cello and Piano
04 II. Adagio con molto sentimento d'affetto: Sonata for Cello and Piano
05 III. Allegro - Allegro fugato: Sonata for Cello and Piano
06 Organ Concerto No.3 - Recitativo (2010 Digital Rem (Johann Sebastian Bach)
07 Sonata for cello and double bass - Minuet (Joseph Haydn)
08 Abendied, Op.85 No.12 (Robert Schumann)
09 Violin Sonata No.3, Op.10 No.3 - Larghetto Rondo (Carl Maria von Weber)
10 Elégie (Gabriel Fauré)

CD 6
01 I Allegro Molto Moderato (Remasterisé En 1988): P
02 II Allegro Molto (Remasterisé En 1988): Piano Quartet
03 III Adagio Non Troppo (Remasterisé En 1988): Piano Quartet
04 IV Allegro Molto (Remasterisé En 1988): Piano Quartet
05 Romance In A Op.69 (Remasterisé En 1997) (Gabriel Fauré)
06 Élégie, Op24 (Gabriel Fauré)
07 Berceuse, Op. 16 (Gabriel Fauré)
08 Pièce en forme de habanera (Maurice Ravel)
09 Rêverie (Camille Saint-Saëns)
10 Le Cygne: Carnaval des animaux (Camille Saint-Saëns/Chris Hazell)
11 Shylock - Nocturne (Remasterisé En 1997) (Gabriel Fauré)
12 Mavra - Chanson Russe (Igor Stravinsky)
13 Nocturne (arr. vlc. & pf.) (1997 Digital Remas

CD 7
01 Introduction and Polonaise brillant Op. 3 (Frédéric Franciszek Chopin)
02 Song without words Op. 109
03 Hymn to the Sun (arr. Kreisler): Le Coq d'Or (199
04 The Flight of the Bumble-Bee (arr. Strimer): The (Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov)
05 Le Cygne: Le Carnaval des animaux
06 Berceuse Op. 16
07 El majo timido (arr. Fournier): 15 Tonadillas al
08 Intermezzo (arr. Gaspar Cassadó)
09 La Gitana (arr. Kreisler) (Fritz Kreisler)
10 Papillon Op. 77 (1997 Digital Remaster)
11 Sicilienne Op. 78 (1997 Digital Remaster)
12 Prélude (arr. Rogues): L' Enfant prodigue (A Claude Debussy)
13 Pièce en forme de habanera (arr. Bazelaire) (1997 (Maurice Ravel)
14 No. 1, Kaddisch (trans. Garban): 2 Mélodies hébra
15 O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sünde gross, BWV622
16 Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV727 (arr. Fournie
17 Ich ruf' zu dir, BWV639: Orgel-Büchlein BWV599-64
18 Num komm' der Heiden Heiland, BWV599: Orgel-Büchl
19 Sonata for Cello and Continuo No. 6 G6 (arr. Piatti)