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Pierre Fournier

Pierre Fournier was a French cellist and one of the greatest cellists of the 20th century. He was born in Paris in 1906 and studied at the Paris Conservatoire, where he was awarded the premier prix in 1921. He made his debut in 1922 and soon became an international star, performing with some of the greatest conductors and orchestras of his time. He recorded extensively and made many iconic recordings, including the complete Beethoven sonatas and the Bach suites. His recordings of Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms are also highly regarded.

Fournier's standout albums include his recordings of the Bach Cello Suites and the Beethoven Sonatas. He also recorded works by Handel, Debussy, Faure, and Ravel. Some of his most beloved recordings are of the Beethoven Cello Sonatas, including the Op. 5 and Op. 69. His other iconic recordings include the Haydn Cello Concertos and his version of the Brahms Double Concerto.

An interesting fact about Pierre Fournier is that he was known for his incredible technique and for playing with an uncommonly wide range of dynamics. He was also renowned for his beautiful tone and his lyrical phrasing. He was also known for his generous spirit and his love of teaching, which he did throughout his life. He passed away in 1986, leaving behind a remarkable legacy of recordings and performances.