Haydn, Beethoven, Dvorák & Others: Works Featurin
Fournet, Jean; Tibor Varga Chamber Orchestra; Navarra, André; Kilcher, Erika; Varga, Tibor; Schwarz, Rudolf; Cluytens, André; Camerata Salzburg; Balsam, Artur; Barbirolli, John; National Symphony Orchestra; Hallé Orchestra; Hubeau, Jean; Studio pianist; Orchestre Colonne; Dervaux, Pierre; Studio narrator, ; Paumgartner, Bernhard
André Navarra (1911–1988), together with Pierre Fournier and Maurice Gendron, was acknowledged as one of the “three great” French cellists who left their mark on the European concert life of their era. He was born in Biarritz, won first prizes at the age of 13 and 16, and gained early practical experience in chamber-music ensembles before celebrating his solo debut in 1931 with the Concerts Colonne. After a stupendous competition win in 1937 in Vienna he began an international career that was to last for more than three decades. In parallel, Navarra began teaching: starting in 1949 (until 1979) he was professor at the Paris Conservatoire; from 1953 he also taught at the Accademia in Siena and at the Vienna College of Music, and from 1958 to 1986 he was a member of the illustrious teaching team at the Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie in Detmold, where his colleague on violin Tibor Varga taught. He can be heard playing with Varga on this extensive release.