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Louis de Froment initially studied violin, flute and harmony at the Toulouse Conservatoire, before entering the Paris Conservatoire where his teachers included Louis Fourestier, Eugène Bigot and André Cluytens. He graduated in 1948 with the first prize for conducting and during the following year formed L’Orchestre du Club d’Essai de la Radiodiffusion Française, coming into contact with many young composers of the period. At the same time he founded his own chamber orchestra, and together with the flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal as soloist, toured Europe at its head. He served as musical director for the casinos of Cannes and Deauville until 1956, and of the Vichy between 1953 and 1969; conducted at the Opéra-Comique, Paris, and was chief conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Radio Nice for the 1958–1959 season. Then de Froment took up the post for which he is best remembered, that of chief conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg, and held this position until 1980, after which he became the orchestra’s principal guest conductor.

With regard to recording, de Froment’s career fell into two clear parts. The first included many recordings for the L’Oiseau-Lyre label on which he conducted the L’Oiseau-Lyre Orchestra Ensemble. The repertoire for this tranche of recordings consisted almost exclusively of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music, the increased representation of which was a marked feature of the record catalogues of the 1950s. Notable exceptions included Frank Martin’s Harpsichord Concerto with Isabelle Nef as soloist, and Jean Françaix’s Invocation à la volupté. The second tranche of de Froment’s recordings was made with the Radio Luxembourg Symphony Orchestra, predominantly for the Vox label: many of these discs were released on the subsidiary labels Turnabout and Candide. The repertoire for these recordings drew mainly upon French and German music of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Of note amongst these (at times qualitatively variable) recordings are the complete orchestral music of Debussy and all the works for piano and orchestra by Saint-Saëns, with Gabriel Tacchino as soloist. With the Luxembourg Radio Symphony Orchestra de Froment also made a number of miscellaneous recordings for various, usually minor, labels. He maintained his earlier commitment to contemporary music, recording Marcel Landowski’s Les Adiuex, of which he led the first performance in 1959, for La Guilde Internationale du Disque, and Charles Chayne’s Four Illustrations and Trumpet Concerto, with Maurice André, for Erato, also released in the USA on the Musical Heritage label.

© Naxos Rights International Ltd. — David Patmore (A–Z of Conductors, Naxos 8.558087–90).

Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
DEBUSSY, C.: Nocturnes / Chansons de Bilitis / Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune / Jeux (Escribano, Luxembourg Radio Orchestra, Froment) Allegretto
Ballet, Orchestral
DEBUSSY, C.: Orchestral Works (Complete), Vol. 1 - Nocturnes / Images / Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Luxembourg Radio Orchestra, Froment) Vox Box
Ballet, Orchestral
DEBUSSY, C.: Orchestral Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Luxembourg Radio Orchestra, Froment) Vox Box
Orchestral, Ballet, Orchestral, Concerto
Harp Music - REINECKE, C. / SAINT-SAËNS, C. / GERVAISE, C. / PIERNÉ, G. (Middle Ages to the 20th Century) (Michel, Mildonian, Jamet, Storck, Polonska) Vox Box
Concerto, Orchestral
MILHAUD, D.: Boeuf sur le toit (Le) / POULENC, F.: Les biches Suite / SATIE, E.: Parade (Luxembourg Radio Orchestra, Froment) Allegretto
Ballet, Orchestral
MILHAUD, D.: Symphonie de chambre Nos. 1-6 / Le bœuf sur le toit / L'homme et son désir (Luxembourg Radio Orchestra, Milhaud) Vox Box
Orchestral Music (19th-20th Centuries) - STRAUSS, R. / WEBER, C.M. von / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. (Froment, Hollreiser, Perlea) Allegretto
Orchestral Music (French) - BERLIOZ, H. / MASSENET, J. / FAURÉ, G. / LALO, É / CHABRIER, E. (Cao, Françaix, Froment, Kapp) Vox Box
PAGANINI, N.: Paganini Edition (Complete) (40-CD Box Set) Dynamic
Chamber Music
Piano Concertos (French) - MASSENET, J. / ROUSSEL, A. / CHAMINADE, C. / LALO, É. (Galling, Dosse, Marciano, Littauer, Paillard-Françaix) Vox Box
Piano Recital: Johannesen, Grant - RAVEL, M. / DEBUSSY, C. / SATIE, E. / FAURÉ, G. / FRANCK, C. / SAINT-SAËNS, C. / DUKAS, P. Vox Box
PROKOFIEV, S.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 / Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (Tacchino, R. Ricci, Varga, Luxembourg Radio Orchestra, Froment) Vox Box
RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works (Complete), Vol. 1 - Piano Concerto in G Major / String Quartet in F Major (Minnesota Orchestra, Skrowaczewski) Vox Box
RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works (Complete), Vol. 2 - Piano Concerto for the Left Hand / Ma mère l'oye Suite (Minnesota Orchestra, Skrowaczewski) Vox Box
RICCI, Ruggiero: Art of Ruggiero Ricci (The) Vox Box
Concerto, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Orchestral
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A.: Orchestral Music - Orchestral Suites / Overtures / Piano Concerto, Op. 30 (The Spirit of Russia) (Ponti, Rosand) Vox Box
Romantic Piano Concerto (The), Vol. 2 - MENDELSSOHN, Felix / MOSCHELES, I. / LITOLFF, H. / RHEINBERGER, J.G. / HILLER, F. (Ponti) Vox Box
Romantic Piano Concerto (The), Vol. 7 - WEBER, C.M. von / VOLKMANN, F.R. / ALKAN, C.-V. (Ponti, J. Rose, Keller) Vox Box
ROMANTIC PIANO CONCERTO ANTHOLOGY (THE), Vol. 3 (Ponti, Littauer, List, Blumental, Keller, Glazer, Dosse, Boehm, Marciano, Simon, Paillard-Francaix) Vox
Concerto, Orchestral
SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Music for Piano and Orchestra (Complete) (Tacchino, Luxembourg Radio Orchestra, Froment) Vox Box
Concerto, Orchestral
SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Works for Violin and Orchestra / Cello and Orchestra (Complete) (R. Ricci, Varga) Vox Box
Orchestral, Concerto
SATIE, E.: Je te veux / Tendrement / La diva de l'Empire / 3 Melodies / 3 Morceaux en forme de poire (Bonazzi, Taylor, Glazer, Froment) Vox Box
SCHUMANN, R.: Piano Concerto, Op. 54 / MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Firkušný, Luxembourg Radio Orchestra, Froment) Allegretto
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Piano and Orchestra Works (Complete) (Ponti, Prague Symphony, Luxembourg Radio Orchestra, Kapp, Froment) Vox Box
Concerto, Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Solo Piano Music (Complete), Vol. 2 / Violin Concerto, Op. 35 (Ponti, Rosand, Luxembourg Radio Orchestra, Froment) Vox Box
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Violin Concerto, Op. 35 / MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Violin Concerto, Op. 64 (Rosand, Luxembourg Radio Orchestra, Froment) Allegretto
Violin Concertos - ARENSKY, A.S. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix (Rosand, Luxembourg Radio Orchestra, Froment) Vox
Violin Music - ERNST, H.W. / GODARD, B. / LEHÁR, F. / JOACHIM, J. / HUBAY, J. / ENESCU, G. (Rosand, Luxembourg Radio Orchestra, Froment) Vox Box
Concerto, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Instrumental
Violin Music - LALO, É. / BACH, J.S. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / SAINT-SAËNS, C. (Spotlight on Violin) (Rosand, R. Ricci, Gitlis, Lautenbacher, Vorholz) Allegretto
Chamber Music, Concerto
VIVALDI, A.: Concertos - RV 100, 428, 535, 560 (Rampal, Alvarosi, Caroldi, Bianchi, Schiani, Gerbi) Allegretto

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