Armin Jordan

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Armin Jordan (April 9, 1932 – September 20, 2006) was a Swiss conductor known for his interpretations of French music, Mozart and Wagner.

Armin Jordan was born in Lucerne, Switzerland. "Mr. Jordan was a large man, with a slab of a face and a full mouth, often twisted in a sardonic smile, and his powerful physical presence belied the careful near-understatement of his conducting", noted The New York Times in his obituary.

Jordan was most unusual at a time when conductors flew about the world from one engagement to another. For the most part he stayed close to home in Switzerland and France. After leading a number of Swiss orchestras he became principal conductor of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Geneva in 1985, a position he held until 1997.

Armin Jordan did not conduct in the United States until 1985. He appeared in Seattle and New York. Seattle scheduled him for Wagner's Ring in 2000 and 2001, but he had to withdraw after a few performances in 2000 because of illness. For the same reason, he canceled his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2001. He was to have conducted Mozart's opera Così fan tutte. His son, the conductor Philippe Jordan, made his own debut at the Met in 2002.

Armin Jordan died in Zürich five days after he collapsed while conducting Prokofiev's opera The Love for Three Oranges at the opera house in Basel. In addition to Philippe, his survivors are his widow Kate and his daughter Pascale.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 2 concertos pour piano Chopin; Armin Jordan, Maria João Pires 1
1991 Ariane & Barbe-Bleue Paul Dukas; Nouvel Orchestre philharmonique, Armin Jordan, Katherine Ciesinski, Mariana Paunova, Gabriel Bacquier 2
1991 Le Roi d'Ys Édouard Lalo; Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Armin Jordan 1
1994 España Chabrier ; Orchestre National de France, Armin Jordan 1
1995 Symphonie N°8 "Inachevée" / Symphonie N°9 "La Grande" Franz Schubert; Basler Sinfonieorchester, Armin Jordan, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Theodor Guschlbauer 1
2001 La Voix humaine Francis Poulenc; L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Armin Jordan, Felicity Lott 2
2003 Piano Concertos Nos. 20, 27 Mozart; Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Armin Jordan, Maria João Pires 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Symphonies Concertantes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Armin Jordan 1
1994 Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer / Berlioz: Nuits d'été Ernest Chausson, Hector Berlioz; Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo, Armin Jordan, Françoise Pollet 1
2003 Piano Concertos Nos. 12 & 19 / Rondo K. 511 Mozart; Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Armin Jordan, Maria João Pires 1
Concerto No. 26 / Concerto No. 27 / Rondo KV 382 Mozart; Theodor Guschlbauer, Armin Jordan, Maria João Pires 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Le Nez Dimitri Chostakovitch; Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Chœur de l'Opéra de Lausanne, Armin Jordan 1

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