DGG LP 139 358 SLPM: HAYDN Cello Concertos, Pierre FOURNIER 1968
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Background on this item -
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.

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 received early training from Odette Krettly, and from 1918 studied with André Hekking and later with Paul Bazelaire. 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. In the period 1925-1929 he was a member of the Krettly Quartet, led by Odette's brother Robert Krettly.

He became well known when he played with the Concerts Colonne Orchestra in 1925. He began touring all over Europe. At various stages he played with many of the most highly acclaimed, prestigious musicians of his 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. He is also praised for his recordings of the Bach suites (Beethoven-Saal, Hannover, December  1960), which are regarded even now as some of the best versions ever made.

Fournier was a teacher at the École Normale de Musique in Paris and the Paris Conservatoire 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. After 1956, he made his home in Switzerland, although he never relinquished his French citizenship. He received the dedication of both Bohuslav Martinů's Cello Concerto No. 1 (1930, rev. 1939, 1955) and Francis Poulenc's Cello Sonata (1948).

In 1963, he was made a member of the Legion of Honour. He continued performing in public until two years before his death at the age of 79. Till the end, he taught 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.

DGG - Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft Records LP item - YELLOW record labels with RED and BLUE lettering, with the famous BLUE and WHITE TULIPS that encircle the outer rim of the label, making this the earliest vintage of this LP - see pictures for more detail
Record Made in GERMANY
Pressing is in STEREO
Record Speed: 33 rpm
Record Made in: 1968 on super heavy, high quality vinyl
Record Catalog Number: 139 358 SLPM

This listing is for a very rare, out of print LP featuring the music of -

Joseph HAYDN / Pierre FOURNIER

Performed by -
Pierre Fournier, violoncello
Rudolf Baumgartner, conductor
Festival Strings Lucerne

LP Title -
PIERRE FOURNIER / JOSEPH HAYDN - CELLOKONZERTE D-DUR & C-DUR

Track listings -
1. Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 101
2. Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in C Major

CONDITION Details:
The JACKET:
The JACKET is in Near Mint minus condition!
The jacket is completely intact with NO seam splits! Have a close look at the pictures and you will see the outstanding condition of this item.
The jacket has NO drill holes or saw marks of any kind.
There is NO hand writing on the front or the back of the jacket. There is a small sticker indicating where it was originally purchased on the back, top, left of center of the jacket.
The cover has clean and sharp colors - see pictures with this listing for more detail.

The LP (vinyl) itself:
The LP is in near MINT minus condition!! - A finer copy of this vintage LP would be very difficult to find.
The LP retains much of the original gloss and sheen!
The record has NO serious marks on it, obviously well taken care of.
The record labels have NO significant spindle marks on them.
This is the superb copy you have always wanted in your collection - any super picky audiophile should be happy with this one!
This LP may have some light marks (spider marks) which are caused by sliding the LP in and out of the inner sleeve and are usually not audible on most audio systems.

Please understand that this is a vintage LP record - as such, one cannot expect the vinyl to sound like a brand new, audiophile pressing! Some noise is inevitable - for best results, always properly clean your LPs before playing them.

The LP is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

A Short Note About LP GRADING -
Mint {M} = Only used for sealed items.
Near Mint {NM} = Virtually flawless in every way.
Near Mint Minus {NM-} = Item has some minor imperfections, some audible.
Excellent {EXC} = Item obviously played and enjoyed with some noise.
Very Good Plus {VG+} = Many more imperfections which are noticeable and obtrusive.

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: DGG LP 139 358 SLPM NM
  • Manufacturer: DGG - Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft Records
  • Condition: Used

DGG LP 139 358 SLPM: HAYDN Cello Concertos, Pierre FOURNIER 1968

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