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Gerard Chretien: MD, Focal-JMlab: From Motown to Bartok, and Why Guitars Mustn't Sound like Fruit Boxes

Magazine article Gramophone

Gerard Chretien: MD, Focal-JMlab: From Motown to Bartok, and Why Guitars Mustn't Sound like Fruit Boxes

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Having started his career with French hi-fi magazine L'Audiophile, Gerard Chretien has been with Focal-JMlab for almost 23 years, and now divides his time between setting the course of the company's product ranges and running its marketing operations. And Focal is clearly a company on the move, showing impressive increases in sales even in what is widely acknowledged as a pretty tough market right now, as well as diversified to the extent that its range extends from little 'lifestyle' speakers designed to sit on the desk either side of a computor all the way through to its striking Utopia flagship speaker line-up.

Chretien's early exposure to music was the sounds of Tamla Motown but he soon discovered 'the classical music, counting among his earliest favourites Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, conducted by Solti. These days, he says, 'Saint-Saens, Faure, Ravel and Satie match my feelings, but it would take many lives to immerse myself in all the music I would like to'. …

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