La mer. Trois esquisses symphoniques

Dialogue du vent et de la mer


  • Recorded: 27th October 1963
  • Record Place: The Dvořák Hall of Rudolfinum, Prague
  • First Release: 1964
  • (P) 1964 SUPRAPHON a.s.
  • Genre: Orchestral

Artists

  • music by: Claude Debussy
  • conductor: Jean Fournet
  • musical group: Czech Philharmonic

Album

Various Artists

Jean Fournet in Prague

Catalogue Number: SU 4122-2
Published: 22nd February 2013
Genre: Orchestral
Format: 3 CD
César Franck - symphonic poems: Les Djinns, Les Éolides, Le Chasseur maudit, Psyché; symphonic interlude from the oratorio Rédemption
Manuel de Falla - Three Dances from the ballet El sombrero de tres picos
Claude Debussy - Ibéria, Rondes de printemps, La mer, Nocturnes for Orchestra

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Chorus
Conductor: Jean Fournet

In the past century, Jean Fournet (1913-2008), a "gentle perfectionist", as some of the critics characterised him, was one of the leading champions of French music throughout the world. In addition to heading globally renowned orchestras (director of the Opéra-Comique in Paris, chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra), he also left a distinctive footprint in Prague, with the Czech Philharmonic in particular. He first appeared there as a guest at the Prague Spring festival in 1954, then in January 1961, and for the last time, at the age of 90 (!), in 2003. At the time of the Iron Curtain, Fournet represented for the Czech Philharmonic a rare and precious opportunity to enter the world of French music with the most competent guide there was. During his visits to Prague between 1963 and 1967, he and the orchestra made the enchanting and highly acclaimed recordings presented on this CD: in their "Ančerl" period, the Czech Philharmonic naturally embraced Fournet's refinement, sense of form and purity of colours. The precious recordings, newly remastered, are being released on a Supraphon CD for the very first time. Enchanting French flamboyance ? la Jean Fournet.