Édouard Lalo

French composer Édouard Lalo was born on 27 January 1823 in Lille. He studied there and at the Paris Conservatoire with François Antoine Habeneck.

He began his career as a string player and teacher in Paris. He founded the string quartet Quatuor Armengaud with friends, playing viola and, later, second violin.

He wrote and then destroyed two early symphonies, but his earliest surviving works are chamber works and songs. Later he wrote operas, most notably Le Roi d'Ys, but mostly write orchestral and chamber music.

Lalo died in Paris on 22 April 1892, aged sixty-nine.


A selection of articles about Édouard Lalo

Spotlight. One of the Happiest French Symphonies - Gerald Fenech is impressed by Édouard Lalo's orchestral music. '... consistently transparent and intensely alive.'

French Romanticism - George Colerick discusses orchestral music by Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Delibes, Lalo, d'Indy, Debussy, Ravel, Honegger, Poulenc, Milhaud and others

CD Spotlight. A Quintessentially French Bestiary - French songs by various composers, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'Ducks, peacocks, pigs, butterflies, dromedaries, carp, cicadas and owls are just some of the creatures in the menagerie assembled for this recording.'

Ensemble. Romanticism and Rock - Lalo and Pink Floyd ballets in Rome, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

CD Spotlight. Highly Commendable - Kim Cook plays French music for cello and orchestra, heard by Howard Smith. '... a musician to be reckoned with.'

Ensemble. Gallic Elegance - Alexandra Soumm joins Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for music by Ginastera, Lalo, Telemann, Bizet and Ravel, impressing Mike Wheeler