26 June 1923, Cologne – 19 May 2014
Franz-Paul Decker was a German-born conductor. He made his conducting debut at the age of 22 at the Cologne Opera, and four years later was appointed to the Staatsoper Wiesbaden and subsequently to the positions of conductor of the Wiesbaden Symphony Orchestra.
Richard Strauss – Rosenkavalier-Suite World Orchestra, Conductor Franz-Paul Decker
Decker was Music Director of the Municipal Orchestra of Bochum (1956–1964), the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (1962–1967), the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (1967–1975), the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (1985–1991), and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (1991–1996, as chief conductor).
Manuel Blancafort – Concert No. 2 Ibèric for piano and orchestra Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Franz-Paul Decker – conductor, Emili Brugalla – piano
Decker conducted the world premieres of dozens of orchestral works by Canadian composers, and conducted 85 different operas during his distinguished career. He worked with soloists as diverse as Arthur Rubinstein, Emil Gilels, Shura Cherkassky, Clara Haskil, Ida Haendel, Martha Argerich, Hélène Grimaud, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Jessye Norman, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and Jon Vickers. His television broadcast of a Christmas Concert with Luciano Pavarotti and orchestra, filmed at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal in 1978 was broadcast annually around the world.
Jean Sibelius Concerto for Violin and and Orchestra 1981 Conductor Franz-Paul Decker, Violin Ida Haendel