S0747. PAUL BAZELAIRE, w.André Bloch (Pf.): Suite Palestinienne (Acc. by the Composer), Broadcast Performance, 17 Jan., 1949; PAUL BAZELAIRE, w.André Asselin (Vln): Passacaglia (After Handel, for violin and viola) (Halvorsen); BAZELAIRE, André Asselin, Jacques Dejean, Etienne Ginot & Georges Delaunnay: Quintet for Piano & Strings in f (Franck), Live Performance, 8 Dec., 1951; PAUL BAZELAIRE, w.Pierre-Michel Le Conte Cond. Paris Radio Orch.: Concerto iberique (Bousquet), Live Performance, 21 Dec., 1952; HENRI HONEGGER, w.Claire Pallard (Pf.): Bach, Martinu, Dalcrose & Kurachi - Broadcast Performances, 1963 & 1967. (Canada) 2-St Laurent Studio YSL T-820. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“On graduation from the Paris Conservatoire under Jules Delsart Bazelaire embarked on a solo career. From 1918 until 1956 he himself was a professor at the Conservatoire. Pierre Fournier was one of his students. Bazelaire was also a composer, accomplished pianist, and had several publications on cello technique and musical interpretation to his name.
Originating from studio sessions in 1951 are two duos for cello and violin. In each case Bazelaire's partner is André Asselin. The Handel/Halvorsen Passacaglia is a virtuosic tour de force, which many will be familiar with from the Heifetz/Piatigorsky recording. The two protagonists grasp the nettle with purposeful resolve.
What strikes the listener when listening to these recordings is Bazelaire’s compelling musicianship and refinement. Contrary to the prevailing fashion of the time, he is sparing with portamenti, and when applied are always tastefully executed. Intonation has dead centre accuracy, and vibrato is tight, yet flexible.
Bazelaire created a unique ensemble of fifty cellists which became famous all over France, and even for Pablo Casals on October 1, 1956 at the Sorbonne. Casals directed an orchestra of 100 cellists, and Bazelaire and his students contributed much to this wonderful event.
Bazelaire was a good friend of Pablo Casals, who entrusted to him the presidency of the international Pablo Casals contest. Other judges included A. Fritz, Gaspar Cassado, Pierre Baker, Sadlo and other great cellists. One of the entrants was a young Mstislav Rostropovich.”
- Stephen Greenbank, MusicWebInternational
"Henri (Charles) Honegger was the Swiss cellist who studied with Ami Briquet in Geneva, Klengel at the Leipzig Conservatory, and Casals and Alexanian in Paris. He was 1st cellist in the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva until 1964; he appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout Europe, North and South America, and Japan, and also appeared as a recitalist."
- Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians