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Paris-born Pierre Fournier (1906-1986) was the leading French cellist of his time, renowned for his elegant playing of the standard repertoire and for his ties to such contemporary composers as Roussel, Schoeck, Martinon, Martin, Poulenc, and others whose works were dedicated to him or which he premiered. Fournier’s recordings include the major solo works and concertos, along with important chamber music pieces in which he was partnered by such artists as Schnabel and Kempff, among others.
Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn, Luigi Boccherini, Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Pierre Fournier
Orchestra: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Karl Münchinger
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Decca Eclipse
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.17 GB
Cello, Soloist – Pierre Fournier
Orchestra – Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
The selections on this reissue were recorded for Decca in 1952 and 1953, and were mainstays of the company’s LP catalogue for years. The Boccherini is the strange concoction devised by Friederich Grützmacher that buries the work in a dull Romantic re-orchestration, complete with recomposed sections and movements from one Boccherini concerto combined with another. Until the 1950s, this was the standard–and popular–version of the composer’s B-flat cello concerto. Fournier’s patrician playing style helps make it listenable, even making the Adagio soulfully beautiful, albeit in a way that Boccherini would not recognize.
The Vivaldi is a Vincent D’Indy arrangement of one of Vivaldi’s cello sonatas. Rather than project contemporary tastes backward, listeners can enjoy these pieces for what they are: anachronistic arrangements that carry the rewards of Fournier’s lovely renditions of the solo parts.
With the Haydn D major concerto it’s no longer necessary to hyphenate the composers; we’re now on more familiar ground, even if the playing terrain is rooted in a more Romantic approach than currently fashionable. There’s plenty to admire, most of all Fournier’s suave rendition of the solo part, his warmly glowing tone, and the Stuttgart band’s early-1950s attempt to emulate historic performance practice as it was then understood.
|Haydn||Concerto In D Major For Cello And Orchestra, Op. 101|
|A1||–||1st Movement: Allegro Moderato||15:30|
|A2||–||2nd Movement: Adagio||5:37|
|A3||–||3rd Movement: Rondo (Allegro)||5:02|
|Boccherini||Concerto In B Flat For Cello And Orchestra|
|B1||–||1st Movement: Allegro Moderato||8:40|
|B2||–||2nd Movement: Adagio Non Troppo||6:42|
|B3||–||3rd Movement: Rondo (Allegro)||6:04|
|Vivaldi||Cello Concerto In E Minor|
|B4||–||1st Movement: Largo||3:27|
|B5||–||2nd Movement: Allegro||3:14|
|B6||–||3rd Movement: Lento Con Espressione||4:08|
|B7||–||4th Movement: Vivo||2:02|
Analyzed folder: /96k Boccherini, Haydn, Vivaldi – Cello Concerti – Pierre Fournier
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -0.59 dB -18.70 dB A1 Haydn Concerto In D Major For Cello And Orchestra, Op. 101 – 1st Movement- Allegro Moderato.aif
DR12 -7.55 dB -24.24 dB A2 Haydn Concerto In D Major For Cello And Orchestra, Op. 101 – 2nd Movement- Adagio.aif
DR11 -1.01 dB -16.16 dB A3 Haydn Concerto In D Major For Cello And Orchestra, Op. 101 – 3rd Movement- Rondo (Allegro).aif
DR12 -1.32 dB -17.42 dB B1 Boccherini Concerto In B Flat For Cello And Orchestra – 1st Movement- Allegro Moderato.aif
DR13 -5.47 dB -23.39 dB B2 Boccherini Concerto In B Flat For Cello And Orchestra – 2nd Movement- Adagio Non Troppo.aif
DR13 -4.48 dB -22.19 dB B3 Boccherini Concerto In B Flat For Cello And Orchestra – 3rd Movement- Rondo (Allegro).aif
DR11 -3.30 dB -17.57 dB B4 Vivaldi Cello Concerto In E Minor – 1st Movement- Largo.aif
DR13 -2.42 dB -18.22 dB B5 Vivaldi Cello Concerto In E Minor – 2nd Movement- Allegro.aif
DR11 -5.46 dB -19.33 dB B6 Vivaldi Cello Concerto In E Minor – 3rd Movement- Lento Con Espressione.aif
DR13 -2.13 dB -18.29 dB B7 Vivaldi Cello Concerto In E Minor – 4th Movement- Vivo.aif
Number of files: 10
Official DR value: DR12
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