Jean Martinon

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Jean Martinon (born January 10, 1910 in Lyon , † March 1, 1976 in Paris ) was a French conductor and composer. He was the internationally most important French conductor of the generation between Pierre Monteux and Pierre Boulez , which was expressed, among other things, in his record deal with EMI .

He studied first in Lyon, then in Paris (among others with Albert Roussel and Charles Münch ), and initially worked as a violinist and concertmaster with a radio symphony orchestra. During the Second World War he spent two years as a German prisoner of war, during which time he composed his first important works. After the war he became a conductor in Dublin , then for several years in London . This was followed by engagements as chief conductor and general music director in Paris, Tel Aviv , Düsseldorf , Chicago and finally The Hague . Jean Martinon was also a passionate mountaineer.

Martinon's complete recording of the orchestral works by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel , undoubtedly the highlight of his conducting work, testifies to a precise and dynamic, masculine unsentimental and self-confident orchestral direction, reminiscent of Rudolf Kempe , with which Martinon not only the life dates, but also that Looks in common.