Pierre Fournier

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Pierre Fournier (June 24, 1906 – January 8, 1986) was a French cellist who was called the "aristocrat of cellists," on account of his elegant musicianship and majestic sound.

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He was born in Paris, the son of a French Army general. His mother taught him to play the piano, but he had a mild case of polio as a child and lost dexterity in his feet and legs. Having difficulties with the piano pedals, he turned to the cello.

He graduated from the Paris Conservatory at 17, in 1923. He was hailed as "the cellist of the future" and won praise for his virtuosity and bowing technique. He became well known when he played with the Edouard Colonne Orchestra in 1925. He began touring all over Europe. He played with all the great musicians of the time, and recorded the complete chamber music of Brahms and Schubert for the BBC on acetates. However, these deteriorated before the recordings could be transferred to a more durable medium.

Fournier taught at the École Normale de Musique in Paris and the Paris Conservatory from 1937 to 1949. He made his first tour of the United States in 1948 and played to great acclaim in New York and Boston.

From 1956 on, he made his home in Switzerland, although he never relinquished his French citizenship. In 1963, he was made a member of the French Legion of Honor.

He continued performing until two years before his death at the age of 79. He also continued to teach privately at his home in Geneva: the British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber was among his pupils.

His son Jean-Pierre became a pianist performing under the name of Jean Fonda.
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Pierre Fournier - Cello Recital album art Pierre Fournier Cello Recital London Records, London Records US 1952 Sell This Version
A.S. 3.003 L.D. Pierre Fournier - Trios de Haydn et de Beethoven album art Trio Pasquier, Jacques Février, Jean Fournier, Pierre Fournier Trio Pasquier, Jacques Février, Jean Fournier, Pierre Fournier - Trios de Haydn et de Beethoven(LP, Album, Mono) L'Anthologie Sonore A.S. 3.003 L.D. France 1952 Sell This Version
Pierre Fournier - Concerto In D Major For Cello And Orchestra, Op. 101 / Concerto In B Flat Major For Cello And Orchestra album art Haydn* / Boccherini*, Pierre Fournier With The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra* Conducted By Karl Münchinger Haydn* / Boccherini*, Pierre Fournier With The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra* Conducted By Karl Münchinger - Concerto In D Major For Cello And Orchestra, Op. 101 / Concerto In B Flat Major For Cello And Orchestra (Album) Decca, Decca UK 1954 Sell This Version
Pierre Fournier - Vivaldi Concerto In E Minor Couperin Pieces En Concert Boccherini Concerto In B Flat Major album art Antonio Vivaldi, François Couperin, Luigi Boccherini, Pierre Fournier With The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra* Conducted By Karl Münchinger Antonio Vivaldi, François Couperin, Luigi Boccherini, Pierre Fournier With The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra* Conducted By Karl Münchinger - Vivaldi Concerto In E Minor Couperin Pieces En Concert Boccherini Concerto In B Flat Major Decca, Decca UK 1954 Sell This Version
Pierre Fournier - Don Quixote (Opus 35) album art Richard Strauss / Pierre FournierVienna Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Clemens KraussErnst Moraweg Richard Strauss / Pierre FournierVienna Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Clemens KraussErnst Moraweg - Don Quixote (Opus 35) London Records US 1954 Sell This Version
Pierre Fournier - Concerto In B Minor For 'Cello And Orchestra, Opus 104 album art Dvořák* / Pierre Fournier with The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Rafael Kubelik Dvořák* / Pierre Fournier with The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Rafael Kubelik - Concerto In B Minor For 'Cello And Orchestra, Opus 104 (Album) London Records US 1954 Sell This Version
Pierre Fournier - Sonatas For 'Cello And Piano album art Brahms* - Pierre Fournier, Wilhelm Backhaus Brahms* - Pierre Fournier, Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonatas For 'Cello And Piano Decca, Decca Germany 1955 Sell This Version
BTB 304 Pierre Fournier - Brahms, Double Concerto In A Minor Op. 102, First Movement album art Pierre Fournier, David Oistrach, Alceo Galliera Pierre Fournier, David Oistrach, Alceo Galliera - Brahms, Double Concerto In A Minor Op. 102, First Movement(Reel, 2tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) E.M.I. Columbia BTB 304 UK 1955 Sell This Version
BTB 305 Pierre Fournier - Double Concerto In A Minor Op. 102,  Second Movement, Third Movement album art David Oistrach, Pierre Fournier, Alceo Galliera David Oistrach, Pierre Fournier, Alceo Galliera - Double Concerto In A Minor Op. 102, Second Movement, Third Movement(Reel, 7" Reel, Album) E.M.I. Columbia BTB 305 UK 1955 Sell This Version
Pierre Fournier - Double Concerto In A Minor, Op. 102, Tragic Overture, Op. 81 album art Brahms* / David Oistrakh*, Pierre Fournier, Philharmonia Orchestra, Alceo Galliera Brahms* / David Oistrakh*, Pierre Fournier, Philharmonia Orchestra, Alceo Galliera - Double Concerto In A Minor, Op. 102, Tragic Overture, Op. 81 (Album) Columbia US 1957 Sell This Version
Pierre Fournier - Tripelkonzert / Doppelkonzert album art Beethoven* / Brahms* - Oistrach Trio*, David Oistrach, Svjatoslav Knushevitsky*, Lev Oborin, Pierre Fournier, Philharmonia Orchestra London*, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Alceo Galliera Beethoven* / Brahms* - Oistrach Trio*, David Oistrach, Svjatoslav Knushevitsky*, Lev Oborin, Pierre Fournier, Philharmonia Orchestra London*, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Alceo Galliera - Tripelkonzert / Doppelkonzert (Comp) Hörzu Diskothek 10 Germany 1959 Sell This Version
LPE 17 250 Pierre Fournier - Cellokonzert A-Moll OP. 33 / Kol Nidrei Op. 47 album art Saint-Saëns* / Bruch* / Pierre Fournier, Orchestre Des Concerts Lamoureux - Dir. Jean Martinon Saint-Saëns* / Bruch* / Pierre Fournier, Orchestre Des Concerts Lamoureux - Dir. Jean Martinon - Cellokonzert A-Moll OP. 33 / Kol Nidrei Op. 47(10", Mono) Deutsche Grammophon LPE 17 250 Germany 1959 Sell This Version
Pierre Fournier - Cellosonaten Op. 5 F-Dur Nr. 1 Und G-Moll Nr. 2 album art Pierre Fournier - Friedrich Gulda, Beethoven* Pierre Fournier - Friedrich Gulda, Beethoven* - Cellosonaten Op. 5 F-Dur Nr. 1 Und G-Moll Nr. 2 (Album) Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1960 Sell This Version
Pierre Fournier - Cellosonaten A-Dur Op. 69 Und C-Dur Op. 102 Nr. 1 • Variationen Über "Bei Männern, Welche Liebe Fühlen" Von Mozart album art Beethoven*, Pierre Fournier, Friedrich Gulda Beethoven*, Pierre Fournier, Friedrich Gulda - Cellosonaten A-Dur Op. 69 Und C-Dur Op. 102 Nr. 1 • Variationen Über "Bei Männern, Welche Liebe Fühlen" Von Mozart (Album) Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1960 Sell This Version
Pierre Fournier - Favourite  Encores album art Pierre Fournier, Jean-Marie Auberson, Orchestre Des Concerts De Paris Pierre Fournier, Jean-Marie Auberson, Orchestre Des Concerts De Paris - Favourite Encores (Album) Concert Hall, Concert Hall France 1960 Sell This Version
Pierre Fournier - Cellosonate D-dur Op. 102 Nr. 2 · Variationen Über Themen Von Händel Und Mozart (Cello Sonata In D Major, Op. 102, No. 2 · Variations On Themes By Händel And Mozart) album art Pierre Fournier , Cello · Friedrich Gulda , Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven Pierre Fournier , Cello · Friedrich Gulda , Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven - Cellosonate D-dur Op. 102 Nr. 2 · Variationen Über Themen Von Händel Und Mozart (Cello Sonata In D Major, Op. 102, No. 2 · Variations On Themes By Händel And Mozart) (Album) Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1960 Sell This Version
Pierre Fournier - Concerto For Violin & Cello - Tragic Overture album art Brahms* - Zino Francescatti, Pierre Fournier, Bruno Walter Conducting The Columbia Symphony Orchestra Brahms* - Zino Francescatti, Pierre Fournier, Bruno Walter Conducting The Columbia Symphony Orchestra - Concerto For Violin & Cello - Tragic Overture (Album) Columbia Masterworks Japan 1960 Sell This Version
Pierre Fournier - Double Concerto - Haydn Variations album art Brahms* - Zino Francescatti, Pierre Fournier, Bruno Walter, Columbia Symphony Orchestra Brahms* - Zino Francescatti, Pierre Fournier, Bruno Walter, Columbia Symphony Orchestra - Double Concerto - Haydn Variations (Album) Philips UK 1960 Sell This Version
Pierre Fournier - Schumann - Concerto In La Minore, Op. 129 / Ciaikowsky - Variazioni Su Un Tema Rococò, Op. 33 album art Tchaikovsky* / Schumann*, Pierre Fournier / Philharmonia Orchestra Conducted By Sir Malcolm Sargent Tchaikovsky* / Schumann*, Pierre Fournier / Philharmonia Orchestra Conducted By Sir Malcolm Sargent - Schumann - Concerto In La Minore, Op. 129 / Ciaikowsky - Variazioni Su Un Tema Rococò, Op. 33 (Album) Columbia Australia 1960 Sell This Version
CMS 2369 Pierre Fournier - Les plus belles Mélodies  album art Pierre Fournier Les plus belles Mélodies (LP, Album) Concert Hall CMS 2369 France 1960 Sell This Version
Pierre Fournier - Suiten Für Violoncello Solo - Nr. 1 G-Dur, BWV 1007 / Nr. 2 D-Moll, BWV 1008 album art Johann Sebastian Bach - Pierre Fournier Johann Sebastian Bach - Pierre Fournier - Suiten Für Violoncello Solo - Nr. 1 G-Dur, BWV 1007 / Nr. 2 D-Moll, BWV 1008 Archiv Produktion Germany 1961 Sell This Version
Pierre Fournier - Tripelkonzert = Triple Concerto album art Ludwig van Beethoven - Géza Anda, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Pierre Fournier, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay Ludwig van Beethoven - Géza Anda, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Pierre Fournier, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay - Tripelkonzert = Triple Concerto (Album) Deutsche Grammophon, Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1961 Sell This Version
Pierre Fournier - Sechs Suiten Für Violoncello Solo (BWV 1007-1012) album art Johann Sebastian Bach - Pierre Fournier Johann Sebastian Bach - Pierre Fournier - Sechs Suiten Für Violoncello Solo (BWV 1007-1012) (Album) Archiv Produktion Germany 1961 Sell This Version
Pierre Fournier - Untitled album art Пьер Фурнье*, Н. Вальтер* Пьер Фурнье*, Н. Вальтер* - Untitled Апрелевский Завод, Апрелевский Завод USSR 1961 Sell This Version
Pierre Fournier - Konzert Für Violoncello Und Orchester H-moll Op. 104 album art Anton Dvorak*, Pierre FournierBerliner PhilharmonikerGeorge Szell Anton Dvorak*, Pierre FournierBerliner PhilharmonikerGeorge Szell - Konzert Für Violoncello Und Orchester H-moll Op. 104 (Album) Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1961 Sell This Version

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