The Swiss conductor Armin Jordan died on 20 September 2006. He was as equally at home in the opera house and concert hall as he was conducting standard and neglected repertoire. He was especially regarded in music by French composers, so too Schumann and Mahler, and he was also a noted interpreter of Wagner.

Armin Jordan was born in Lucerne on 9 April 1932. He studied law, literature and theology before turning to music. His earliest musical appointments included ones in Biel, Zurich and St Gallen. In 1971, Jordan began a 20-year directorship at Theater Basel, an association which continued until his death. From 1973 until 1985 Jordan was music director of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and from 1985 until 1997 he was principal conductor of the Geneva-based Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

Jordan made numerous, and often highly-regarded, recordings of symphonic and operatic fare. Recently, on the first night of Prokofievís opera, The Love for Three Oranges, at Theater Basel, Jordan collapsed while conducting, and he suffered another attack in hospital on the day that he died.

Armin Jordan is survived by his wife and daughter, and by his son, the conductor Philippe Jordan.

 

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