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Jean Fournet

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Methodical, unflappable (he’s said to possess seldom elevated his voice), and simple in the means of the French repertory, Jean Fournet saw his career extend more than an extraordinarily lengthy period. After having set up himself in his indigenous country, he demonstrated a pleasant addition to opera businesses in America, where in fact the French design acquired become something of the lost artwork. Beyond stage function, he demonstrated, both early and past due, a persuasive interpreter from the French symphonic books. After studies on the Paris Conservatoire, Fournet produced his debut in his indigenous town in 1936; 2 yrs afterwards, he was involved by Rouen on the long lasting basis. In 1940, he transferred to Marseilles and, from 1944, presided on the Paris Opéra-Comique as music movie director, simultaneously offering education in the artwork of conducting on the École Normale. In the 1950s, he was involved with several recording tasks that improved his reputation significantly, notably his Fauré Requiem along with a gently changed Les Pêcheurs de perles. Two additional appointments anticipated him in European countries before he considered a regimen of visitor performing: in 1961 he became conductor of holland Radio Symphony, and from 1968 to 1973, he offered as artistic movie director from the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Fournet produced his American opera debut using the Chicago Lyric Opera in 1965 directing a dual bill comprising a staged Carmina Burana and Ravel’s marvelous L’heure espagnole, the last mentioned with Teresa Berganza, Alfredo Kraus, and Sesto Bruscantini. The conductor impressed instantly as you who could imprint style and respect for French design on his casts. His achievement led to additional assignments, each assisting reestablish the French wing within a town that acquired known great French performers in years past. One of the productions had been Les Pêcheurs de perles in 1966, another dual costs (Le Rossignol and Oedipus Rex) in 1968, Werther in 1971, Pelléas et Mélisande in 1972, Manon in 1973, and Don Quichotte in 1974. In 1987, Fournet produced his Metropolitan Opera debut performing a creation of Samson et Dalila. And a amount of orchestral discs, Fournet documented these Les Pêcheurs de perles for Philips with Léopold Simoneau and Pierrette Alarie, still unparalleled. Fournet’s Fauré and Berlioz Requiems may also be impressive, furthermore his 1973 Chicago Manon with Kraus and Zylis-Gara.

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Full Name Jean Fournet
Date Of Birth April 14, 1913
Died November 3, 2008, Hilversum, Netherlands
Profession Conductor
Education Conservatoire de Paris
Nationality French
Albums Tchaikovsky & Mendelssohn Violin Concertos, Bizet: Les pêcheurs de perles, Saint-Saëns: Suite algérienne (Mono Version), Ravel: Boléro & La valse (Stereo Version), Bizet: Extraits de la Première suite de Carmen & Patrie (Mono Version), Lalo, Chausson, Ravel: Le violon et l'orchestre (Mono Version), Lalo & Chabrier: Ouvertures (Mono Version), Saint-Saëns: Concerto pour piano et orchestre No. 2 en sol mineur, Op. 22, Fauré: Requiem (Mono Version), Bizet: Carmen, ouverture - Chabrier: España (Mono Version), Ouvertures célébres d'opéras français (Mono Version), Bizet: Suites de L'Arlésienne (Mono Version), Fauré: Suite de Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80 - Debussy: Petite suite, L. 65 (Mono Version), Grieg: Chanson et berceuse de Solveig, extraits de Peer Gynt (Mono Version), La Dame blanche, Lalo: Symphonie espagnole / Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto no. 3 / Introduction et Rondo capriccioso / Havanaise, Bizet: Les pêcheurs de perles (1893 Version, Mono Version), Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (Mono Version), Ibert: Escales (Mono Version), Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2 (Mono Version), Symphony in D minor / Le Chasseur maudit / Les Djinns, Debussy: La damoiselle élue - Chabrier: À la musique & extraits du Roi malgré lui (Mono Version), Franck: Variations symphoniques - Fauré: Ballade, Op. 19 (Mono Version), Bizet: L'Arlésienne, suites de concert Nos. 1 & 2 (Mono Version), Ravel: Concerto pour piano in G Major & Concerto pour la main gauche (Mono Version), Debussy: Children's Corner - Bizet: Jeux d'enfants, extraits (Mono Version), Franck : Le chasseur maudit, Les éolides, Rédemption, Les Djinns, Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice, The Art Of Irmgard Seefried – Volume 2: Arias, Delibes: Suites de Sylvia & Coppélia (Mono Version), Orchestral Music, Requiem, Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande (Mono Version), Gounod: Ballet de Faust (Mono Version), Lalo: Ouverture du Roi d'Ys, Rhapsodie norvégienne & Namouna suite No. 1 (Mono Version), Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 ''Organ'' / Franck: Symphony, Massenet: Suites d'orchestre Nos. 4 & 7 (Mono Version), Saint-Saëns: Suite algérienne - Luigini: Suite No. 1 du Ballet égyptien (Mono Version), Albéniz: Iberia - Bizet: Suite No. 1 from Carmen - Rimsky-Korsakov: Spanish Capriccio (Mono Version), Auber: Quatre ouvertures célèbres (Mono Version), Debussy: Iberia / De Falla: Le Tricorne, Ravel: Boléro, La valse (Mono Version), Berlioz: La damnation de Faust (Mono Version), Debussy: Nocturnes - Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole & Menuet antique (Mono Version), Bizet: Suites pour orchestre (Mono Version), La Mer / Nocturnes, d'Indy: Symphonie "Cévenole" - Franck: Variations symphoniques - Fauré: Ballade pour piano et orchestre (Mono Version), Saint-Saëns: Concerto pour piano No. 2 - d'Indy: Symphonie sur un chant montagnard français (Mono Version), Afternoon of a Faun / Nocturnes / Iberia, Rimsky-Korsakov: Spanish Capriccio, Op. 34 (Mono Version), Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune & Dukas: L'apprenti sorcier (Mono Version)


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Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mignon 1996 TV Movie conductor
Darf ich Petruschka zu dir sagen? 1981 orchestrator
Louise 1980 TV Movie conductor

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

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Wangan Doro 1984 performer: "Symphonie fantastique, Op.14"

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