Pierre Fournier

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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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D.B. 6602 - D.B. 6603 Pierre Fournier - Concerto No. 1 In A Minor, Op. 33 album art Pierre Fournier And The Philharmonia Orchestra Conducted By Walter Susskind : Saint-Saens* Pierre Fournier And The Philharmonia Orchestra Conducted By Walter Susskind : Saint-Saens* - Concerto No. 1 In A Minor, Op. 33(2xShellac, 12", Album) His Master's Voice D.B. 6602 - D.B. 6603 UK 1947 Sell This Version
LL-700, LL 700, LL.700 Pierre Fournier - Cello Recital album art Pierre Fournier Cello Recital (Album) London Records, London Records, London Records LL-700, LL 700, LL.700 US 1952 Sell This Version
LXT 2765, LXT.2765 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 (Album) Decca, Decca LXT 2765, LXT.2765 UK 1954 Sell This Version
LXT 2968, LXT.2968 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 LXT 2968, LXT.2968 UK 1954 Sell This Version
LL-1106 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 LL-1106 US 1954 Sell This Version
LXT 2842 Pierre Fournier - Don Quixote (Opus 35) album art Richard Strauß* / Pierre FournierWiener Philharmoniker, Clemens KraussErnst Morawec* Richard Strauß* / Pierre FournierWiener Philharmoniker, Clemens KraussErnst Morawec* - Don Quixote (Opus 35) London Records LXT 2842 Germany 1954 Sell This Version
LXT 5077 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 LXT 5077 Germany 1955 Sell This Version
BTB 304 Pierre Fournier - Concerto For Violin And Violoncello And Orchestra album art Brahms*, David Oistrakh* And Pierre Fournier And The Philharmonia Orchestra* Conducted By Alceo Galliera Brahms*, David Oistrakh* And Pierre Fournier And The Philharmonia Orchestra* Conducted By Alceo Galliera - Concerto For Violin And Violoncello And Orchestra (Album) Columbia BTB 304 UK 1956 Sell This Version
LXT 5077, LXT.5077 Pierre Fournier - Sonatas For 'Cello And Piano album art Brahms* - Pierre Fournier, Wilhelm Backhaus Brahms* - Pierre Fournier, Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonatas For 'Cello And Piano(LP, Mono) Decca, Decca LXT 5077, LXT.5077 UK 1956 Sell This Version
33CX 1606 Pierre Fournier - The Cellist's Hour album art Pierre Fournier, Gerald Moore Pierre Fournier, Gerald Moore - The Cellist's Hour (Album) Columbia 33CX 1606 UK 1958 Sell This Version
35353 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 35353 US 1957 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
35397 Pierre Fournier - Schumann - Concerto In La Minore, Op. 129 / Ciaikowsky - Variazioni Su Un Tema Rococò, Op. 33 album art Pierre Fournier / Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Malcolm Sargent Pierre Fournier / Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Malcolm Sargent - Schumann - Concerto In La Minore, Op. 129 / Ciaikowsky - Variazioni Su Un Tema Rococò, Op. 33 (Album) Columbia 35397 US 1957 Sell This Version
SMS 2369 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 SMS 2369 France 1960 Sell This Version
SLPM 138081 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 SLPM 138081 Germany 1960 Sell This Version
138 082 SLPM 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 138 082 SLPM Germany 1960 Sell This Version
835 559 AY Pierre Fournier - Double Concerto - Haydn Variations album art Brahms* - Zino Francescatti, Pierre Fournier, Bruno Walter Conduction The Columbia Symphony Orchestra Brahms* - Zino Francescatti, Pierre Fournier, Bruno Walter Conduction The Columbia Symphony Orchestra - Double Concerto - Haydn Variations (Album) Philips 835 559 AY Netherlands 1960 Sell This Version
SLPM 138 083 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 SLPM 138 083 Germany 1960 Sell This Version
OL-150 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 OL-150 Japan 1960 Sell This Version
SAPM 198 187, 14187 Pierre Fournier - Suiten Für Violoncello Solo Nr. 3 C-Dur, BWV 1009 / Nr. 4 Es-Dur, BWV 1010 album art Johann Sebastian Bach, Pierre Fournier Johann Sebastian Bach, Pierre Fournier - Suiten Für Violoncello Solo Nr. 3 C-Dur, BWV 1009 / Nr. 4 Es-Dur, BWV 1010 (Album) Archiv Produktion, Archiv Produktion, Archiv Produktion SAPM 198 187, 14187 Germany 1960 Sell This Version
14186 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 14186 Germany 1961 Sell This Version
14356 /57 /58 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 14356 /57 /58 Germany 1961 Sell This Version
BC 1135 Pierre Fournier - Don Quixote album art Strauss*, Pierre Fournier, George Szell, The Cleveland Orchestra Strauss*, Pierre Fournier, George Szell, The Cleveland Orchestra - Don Quixote (Album) Epic BC 1135 US 1961 Sell This Version
33Д—08379, 33Д—08380 Pierre Fournier - Untitled album art Пьер Фурнье*, Н. Вальтер* Пьер Фурнье*, Н. Вальтер* - Untitled (Album) Апрелевский Завод, Апрелевский Завод 33Д—08379, 33Д—08380 USSR 1961 Sell This Version
LPM 18 755 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 LPM 18 755 Germany 1961 Sell This Version