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Louis Fremaux (1921-2017)

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« on: April 01, 2017, 01:14:43 am »

I had not heard of the recent death of the French conductor Louis Fremaux, known to many of us in the UK as the former principal conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

I am not able to access easily all the details of Fremaux's career but there is an excellent obituary written by Rob Barnett on Musicweb.

It is not so long ago that, in posting about the death of George Pretre, I noted that Fremaux and Skrowaczewski were amongst the living nonagenarian conductors. Now both have died. Jan Krenz is 90 and Herbert Blomstedt, Michael Gielen, Serge Baudo and Raymond Leppard will shortly reach that age.

Fremaux's performance of Humphrey Searle's "Labyrinth" and of music by John McCabe testify to his championing of British music while in Birmingham.
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2017, 03:04:40 am »

And in other related news:

Rather an attractive package that I may be tempted to acquire myself as the old discretionary spending account permits.

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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2017, 07:09:36 pm »

Many, many fine recordings from this man. His Berlioz Requiem is still my favorite recording of that monumental work. Also, an exciting Walton First Symphony, among many others.
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