• ELQ4827395 Katalognummer
  • 0002894827395 EAN
  • 7CD Format
  • 2019 Utgivelsesår

Artist
Ousset, Cecile

Sjanger
Instrumental

Plateselskap
Eloquence

Sporliste

Excerpt,  Debussy: Études pour piano (12) 15:20
7. Pour les degrés chromatiques 2:19
11. Pour les arpèges composés 4:41
3. Pour les quartes 5:44
5. Pour les octaves 2:36

Satie: Trois Gymnopédies 9:31
No.1 Lent et douloureux 3:39
No.2 Lent et triste 3:08
No.3 Lent et grave 2:44

Saint-Saëns: Etude en forme de valse (No. 6 from Six Études, Op. 52) 6:20
Saint-Saëns: Toccata d'après le cinquième concerto (No. 6 from Six Études, Op. 111) 4:22

Excerpt,  Chabrier: Pièces pittoresques (10) 8:37
6. Idylle 3:24
10. Scherzo-valse 5:13

Chabrier: Bourrée Fantasque 6:13

Rachmaninov: Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3 20:58
No.1 Elégie 5:28
No.2 Prélude in C sharp minor 3:59
No.3 Mélodie 4:58
No.4 Polichinelle 3:06
No.5 Sérénade 3:27

Excerpt,  Rachmaninov: Morceaux de Salon, Op. 10 2:56
5. Humoreske 2:56

Prokofiev: Pieces (10), Op. 12 23:37
1. Marche 1:58
2. Gavotte 3:09
3. Rigaudon 1:11
4. Mazurka 1:29
5. Capriccio 2:48
6. Légende 2:46
7. Prélude 2:11
8. Allemande 3:10
9. Scherzo humoristique 2:40
10. Scherzo 2:15

Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9 30:12
Préambule 2:42
Pierrot 1:14
Arlequin 1:09
Valse noble 1:32
Eusebius 1:49
Florestan 0:57
Coquette 1:07
Réplique 0:49
Papillons 0:49
A.S.C.H. - S.C.H.A. (Lettres dansantes) 0:58
Chiarina 1:41
Chopin 1:34
Estrella 0:29
Reconnaissance 1:46
Pantalon et Colombine 0:58
Valse allemande 0:59
Paganini 1:25
Aveu 1:15
Promenade 2:59
Pause 0:18
Marche des "Davidsbünler" contre les Philistins 3:42

Brahms: Variations on a theme by Paganini in A minor, Op. 35 22:59
Book 1 12:32
Book 2 10:27

Beethoven: Variations (9) on a March by Dressler, WoO 63 12:52
Beethoven: Variations (6) in F major on a Swiss Song, WoO 64 2:57
Beethoven: 9 Variations on 'Quant'e piu bello', WoO 69 5:06
Beethoven: 24 Variations on Righini's Arietta "Venni amore", WoO 65 22:34
Beethoven: 6 Piano Variations in G on "Nel cor più non mi sento", WoO 70 5:33
Beethoven: 13 Variations on 'Es war einmal ein alter Mann', WoO 66 12:13
Beethoven: 12 Variations on 'Menuet a la Vigano', WoO 68 14:23
Beethoven: 8 Variations on 'Une fièvre brûlante', WoO 72 7:06
Beethoven: 6 Variations in G Major, WoO 77 6:50
Beethoven: Variations (6) for Piano on an Original Theme in F major, Op. 34 15:32
Beethoven: Variations (7) on 'God save the King', WoO 78 9:19
Beethoven: 7 Variations on 'Kind, willst du ruhig schlafen', WoO 75 10:27
Beethoven: 5 Piano Variations in D on "Rule Britannia", WoO 79 4:42
Beethoven: 8 Variations on 'Tändeln und Scherzen', WoO 76 8:45
Beethoven: 6 Variations on an Original Theme (The Turkish March from The Ruins of Athens) in D Major, Op.76 6:33
Beethoven: Variations (32) on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80 10:25
Beethoven: 12 Variations on the Russian Dance from 'Das Waldmädchen', WoO 71 11:26
Beethoven: Variations (10) in B-flat major on the duet 'La stessa, la stessissima' from the opera Falstaff by Antonio Salieri, WoO 73 11:07

Beethoven: Eroica Variations Op. 35 - 23:58
Introduzione col Basso del Tema: Allegretto vivace 2:52
Tema 0:40
Variation 1 0:35
Variation 2 0:33
Variation 3 0:43
Variation 4 0:39
Variation 5 0:52
Variation 6 0:39
Variation 7 - Canone all'ottava 0:42
Variation 8 0:58
Variation 9 0:43
Variation 10 0:44
Variation 11 0:44
Variation 12 0:42
Variation 13 0:43
Variation 14 1:13
Variation 15 - Largo 4:12
Coda 1:18
Finale: Alla Fuga – Allegro con brio – Andante con moto 4:26

Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120 48:44
Tema (Vivace) 0:51
Variation 1 (Alla marcia maestoso) 1:31
Variation 2 (Poco allegro) 0:52
Variation 3 (L'istesso tempo) 1:19
Variation 4 (Un poco più vivace) 1:02
Variation 5 (Allegro vivace) 0:48
Variation 6 (Allegro ma non troppo e serioso) 1:34
Variation 7 (Un poco più allegro) 1:08
Variation 8 (Poco vivace) 1:28
Variation 9 (Allegro pesante e risoluto) 1:44
Variation 10 (Presto) 0:32
Variation 11 (Allegretto) 0:53
Variation 12 (Un poco più moto) 0:49
Variation 13 (Vivace) 0:52
Variation 14 (Grave e maestoso) 3:47
Variation 15 (Presto scherzando) 0:32
Variation 16 (Allegro) 0:59
Variation 17 1:03
Variation 18 (Poco moderato) 1:42
Variation 19 (Presto) 0:48
Variation 20 (Andante) 1:44
Variation 21 (Allegro con brio - Meno allegro - Tempo I) 1:22
Variation 22 (Allegro molto): Alla "Notte e giorno faticar" di Mozart 0:43
Variation 23 (Allegro assai) 0:49
Variation 24 Fughetta (Andante) 2:19
Variation 25 (Allegro) 0:46
Variation 26 1:07
Variation 27 (Vivace) 0:56
Variation 28 (Allegro) 0:53
Variation 29 (Adagio ma non troppo) 1:18
Variation 30 (Andante, sempre cantabile) 1:49
Variation 31 (Largo, molto espressivo) 4:37
Variation 32 Fuga (Allegro - Poco adagio) 2:47
Variation 33 (Tempo di minuetto moderato, ma non tirarsi dietro) 3.20

Produktbeskrivelse

The early recordings of a keyboard lioness, long unavailable and new to CD.

Not generally given to extravagant effusions, William Glock (Controller of Radio 3 and the BBC Proms in the 1970s) had no doubt: ‘There is no one who plays the piano better in the world than she does. There is no one with a more fantastic command of the piano … not over felt, not under-felt, nothing rushed just to show off and yet the greatest playing I’ve heard for years’.

He was referring to the French pianist Cécile Ousset, whose career had belatedly sparked to life and international recognition with appearances across the UK and US and a new contract with EMI Records. Yet prior to this Ousset had made several recordings since her success in the late 1950s at several major European competitions. She accumulated a considerable catalogue on Eterna, the East German label, but then Ousset signed to make recordings with Sofrason, the Société Française du Son. These were licensed for wider release by the French arm of Decca, but Sofrason went out of business in 1981 and the recordings have never been reissued – until now. This new Eloquence set includes an appreciation of Ousset’s art by the French pianophile Jean-Charles Hoffélé.

These ‘French Decca’ recordings all date from 1971–76, and they include much solo repertoire that Ousset never recorded again, though they share similar qualities with the much-acclaimed concerto recordings that she made in the 1980s: an unsentimental palette of rubato and tone-colour, a fearless and brilliant command of articulation, and a uniquely French mastery of jeu perlé.

The first album made an imaginative and attractive compilation of fin-de-siècle Parisians from Saint-Saëns to Satie. The second displayed her particular affinity with the Russian post-Romantics, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev; and the third coupled two landmarks of German-Romantic piano literature, by Brahms and Schumann. These all received a later international LP issue on the ‘Ace of Diamonds’ imprint and to very warm reviews.

However, Ousset’s last recordings from this period encompassed the complete variations of Beethoven, issued by French Decca in two volumes (a 3LP and a 2LP box). Its disappearance particularly dismayed Ousset herself: ‘I made a big effort on that one,’ she remarked in a 1984 interview, ‘and it came off beautifully’.

‘Ousset has exactly the sort of glitteringly virtuosic technique, as well as the unflagging energy, which [these pieces] demand. Her playing is vividly recorded, giving an effect of real immediacy.’ Gramophone, January 1980 (French recital)

‘Ousset’s performance is vital and assured, grandly shaped where grandeur is in place, capable of brilliance and a certain cool aggression, tonally apt. In eschewing unnecessary colouring she never starves the music of tone.’ Gramophone, August 1975 (Brahms/Schumann)

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