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Jean-Pierre Rampal

A world-renowned flutist and conductor known for bringing the flute back to the high position it held in the 18th century. Jean-Pierre Rampal has made history by being the first flutist to attract worldwide audiences comparable to that of virtuoso pianists and string players. Although championed as a baroque music player, his programs range from the 17th century to the present day and include such styles as jazz, English folk songs, Japanese classics, and the music of India.

Jean-Pierre Rampal was born January 7, 1922 in Marseilles, France to a flutist father. His father was first flutist with the Symphony and the first flute professor at the Conservatory. Rampal's father gave him flute lessons at an early age, but never forced or encouraged his son to become a professional flutist, a decision he reached during World War II. Rampal was in medical school when the Nazis drafted him; instead of complying with the Nazi forces, he went underground and eventually ended up in Paris. At Paris, Jean-Pierre Rampal attended the National Conservatory, graduating five months later with first prize in flute playing. Upon graduating, he became the first flutist with the Paris Opera, performed solo recitals on the radio, and toured Europe with harpsichordist Robert Veryon-Lacroix.

As a conductor and soloist, Jean-Pierre Rampal has played with many orchestras, including the New York, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Indianapolis, Houston, Minneapolis, San Francisco, San Diego and Cincinnati Symphonies. He performs recitals coast-to-coast at all the major halls and colleges and universities across the United States. During the span of his career he has also performed at such festivals as New York's Mozart festivals, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Saratoga and Meadowbrook.

Two of Jean-Pierre's closest friends and collaborators, Isaac Stern and Mstislav Rostropovich, have performed with him at Lincoln Center and produced a disc of the trio on the Sony Classical label. Recording for Sony Classical, Jean-Pierre Rampal has released Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and In Concert with Kathleen Battle, Italian Baroque Flute Concertos and Music for Flute and Harp with Marielle Nordmann. Rampal's musical genius has not gone unnoticed, as contemporary composers Jean Francaix, Andre Jolivet, Jean Martinon, Francis Poulenc and Pierre Boulez have all dedicated works to the flutist.

During the course of his career, Jean-Pierre Rampal has been distinguished with many honors, including the Leonie, the Sonning Prize, the Prix du President de la Republique and the Academie Charlos Cros for his discography in 1990. He was also made a Commandeur de la Legion d'Honneur, an Officer des Arts et des Lettres, and a Commandeur de l'Ordre National de Merite in France.

Besides being a famous soloist and conductor, he added another accomplishment in 1989, when his autobiography, Music, My Love, was published by Random House. ~ Kim Summers, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Greatest Hits

Composer: Charles Gounod
Title: Meditation On Prelude No. 1 Of Bach, For Violin Or Cello & Piano With Organ Or Cello Ad Lib. (or Other Instrumental Arrangements)
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Title: Largo In F Major, Instrumental Arrangement ("Ombra Mai Fu" From The Opera Serse)
Composer: Alexander Alyabyev
Title: The Nightingale (Salaviei), For Voice & Piano
Composer: François-Joseph Gossec
Title: Gavotte, For Flute & Harp
Composer: Claude Debussy
Title: Préludes (12) For Piano, Book I, L. 117
Composer: Georges Bizet
Title: Carmen Suite For Orchestra No. 1 (Assembled By Ernest Guirard)
Composer: Jules Massenet
Title: Méditation, Solo String & Orchestra Version And Various Arrangements (From Opera "Thäis")
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Title: Toccata, Adagio And Fugue, For Organ In C Major, Bwv 564 (Bc J36)
Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Waltz For Piano No. 6 In D Flat Major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, Ct. 212
Title: Nocturne For Piano No. 4 In F Major, Op. 15/1, CT. 111 (*DO NOT USE*)
Composer: Antonio Bazzini
Title: La Ronde Des Lutins, Scherzo Fantastique For Violin & Piano, Op. 25
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Track List: Flute & Harp

Composer: English Traditional
Title: Greensleeves, Folk Song
Composer: Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz
Title: Sonata For Flute & Harp In F
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Title: Andante And Variations On "Di Tanti Palpiti," For Violin (Flute) & Harp In F Major, Qr Vi/1
Composer: Gabriel Fauré
Title: Berceuse, For Violin & Piano (Or Orchestra) In D Major, Op. 16
Composer: Jacques Ibert
Title: Entr'acte, For Flute (Or Violin) & Harp (Or Guitar) (From "Le Médecin De Son Honneur")
Composer: Jean-Michel Damase
Title: Sonata For Flute & Harp
Composer: Claude Debussy
Title: Sonate en trio, for flute, viola & harp, L. 137
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Track List: The Art Of Jean-Pierre Rampal

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Title: Double Violin Concerto, For 2 Violins, Strings & Continuo In D Major, Rv 512
Composer: Domenico Cimarosa
Title: Concerto For 2 Flutes And Orchestra In G Major
Composer: Romano Antonio Piacentino
Title: Concerto For Flute & Orchestra In G Major
Composer: Antoine Reicha
Title: Variations (18) And Fantasie On "Se Vuol Ballare," For Flute, Violin, Cello & Lute In G Major, Op. 51
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Title: Piece For Musical Clock In F Major ("Adagio Assai"), Woo 33/1
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Concertone For 2 Violins, Oboe, Cello & Orchestra In C Major, K. 190 (K. 186e)
Title: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), Opera, K. 620
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Title: Andante And Variations On "Di Tanti Palpiti," For Violin (Flute) & Harp In F Major, Qr Vi/1
Composer: François Borne
Title: Fantaisie Brillante (On Themes From Bizet's Carmen), For Flute & Piano (Or Orchestra)
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Track List: The Great Flute Concertos

Disc 1
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Title: Flute Concerto, For Flute, Strings & Continuo In D Major ("Il Gardellino"), Op. 10/3, Rv 428
Title: Flute Concerto, For Flute, Strings & Continuo In F Major ("La Tempesta Di Mare"), Op. 10/1, Rv 433
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Title: Concerto For Harpsichord, Strings & Continuo No. 5 In F Minor, Bwv 1056
Title: Concerto For Harpsichord, Strings & Continuo No. 4 In A Major, Bwv 1055
Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann
Title: Overture, Suite For Recorder (Or Flute), Strings & Continuo In A Minor, Twv 55:a2
Disc 2
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K. 313 (K. 285c)
Title: Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 314 (K. 285d)
Title: Concerto For Flute, Harp & Orchestra In C Major, K. 299 (K. 297c)

Comments

My parents lived in the same building with Rampal family in Paris. They were very generous to them. My father played his music and the flute and I had the opportunity to see Jean-Pierre play before he passed. Amazing.

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