Track 4: Requiem: Lacrymosa / Chorale Emile-Passani / Orchestre de Radio Paris / Jean Fournet / 1943
Jean Fournet (1913-2008) studied flute with Philippe Gaubert at the Paris Conservatoire (1932-1936) where he also won prizes for composition and conducting. Before the Second World War he served as a conductor at Rouen and Marseilles. He became chief conductor of Radio Paris in 1941 and then musical director of the Opera-Comique in Paris in 1944. He pursued a long and distinguished international career as a conductor and as teacher at the Ecole Normale in Paris, tending to specialise in French music.
Emile Passani (1905-?). A composer and pianist hailing from Marseilles. He worked in Paris during the Second World War, founding the Quinette d'Atelier and becoming in 1944 chorus master at the Opera-Comique. Subsequently he settled in the provinces, firstly Vichy and then Clermont-Ferrand, devoting himself to composition