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Jean Fournet, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam - Jean Fournet - The Concertgebouw Recordings (CD ALBUM)

Jean Fournet, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam - Jean Fournet - The Concertgebouw Recordings (CD ALBUM)
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Jean Fournet, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam - Jean Fournet - The Concertgebouw Recordings (CD ALBUM)

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Jean Fournet, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam - Jean Fournet - The Concertgebouw Recordings (CD ALBUM)

Jean Fournetwas already one of the best-known French conductors when on 12 November 1950 he made his debut with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Three days later he made his debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, where he stepped in for Eduard van Beinum, whose recorded legacy is extensively reissued on Eloquence.

Newly remastered and compiled for the first time on international release, his complete Concertgebouw recordings reveal a conductor handling with experience and sympathy an orchestra whose members were, for most of the sessions, coming to terms with the sudden death of a much-loved music director.

As NiekNelissen'sbooklet essay recounts in documentary detail, drawing on the Concertgebouw's own archives, Fournetconducted the orchestra's first concerts after its formal obsequies for Van Beinum, and then took over sessions in which the late chief had been due to record the suites from Grieg's incidental music to PeerGynt. This was followed the following day by a remarkably fluent account of Borodin's atmospheric tone-poem In the Steppes of Central Asia, and a marvellously refined Préludeà l'après-midi d'un fauneled, as it were, from the first flute solo by Hubert Barwahser, who distinguishes many Concertgebouw recordings of the time.

This all-too-compact legacy on disc is completed by Españaand L'Apprentisorcier: highly coloured French orchestral classics dear to Fournet'sheart, which he would return to many times during his long career, and not least with the Japanese orchestras with whom he enjoyed an Indian summeronrecord, but never surpassing the tonal refinement of these Concertgebouw recordings, though he continued to give concerts with them for a further 35 years.

Tracklistings:

MODEST MUSSORGSKY

1 A Night on the Bare Mountain

EMMANUEL CHABRIER

2 España–Rhapsody for Orchestra

PAUL DUKAS

3 L'Apprenti sorcier

CLAUDE DEBUSSY

4 Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

ALEXANDER BORODIN

5In the Steppes of Central Asia

EDVARD GRIEG

6–9 Peer Gynt: Suite No. 1, Op. 46

10–13 Peer Gynt: Suite No. 2, Op. 55

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Release Date 11 May 2018
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Artist Jean Fournet, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam
Title Jean Fournet - The Concertgebouw Recordings
Format CD ALBUM
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