Cecile Ousset – The Decca France Recordings
Cecile Ousset
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4827395
Barcode
00028948273959
Format
7-CD
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CD 1         

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862–1918)
Douze Études pour le piano
1 Book II, No. 7: Pour les degrés chromatiques
2 Book II, No. 11: Pour les arpèges composés
3 Book I, No. 3: Pour les quartes
4 Book I, No. 5: Pour les octaves
ERIK SATIE (1866–1925)
5–7 Trois Gymnopédies

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (1835–1921)
8 Étude en forme de valse, Op. 62 No. 5
9 Toccata: Étude d’apres le 5ème concerto, Op. 111 No. 6

EMMANUEL CHABRIER (1841–1894)
Pièces pittoresques
10 No. 6  Idylle
11 No. 7  Scherzo-valse (Danse villageoise)
12 Bourrée fantasque

CD 2

SERGEI RACHMANINOV (1873–1943)
1–5 Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3
6 Humoresque, Op. 10 No. 5

SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891–1953)
7–16 Ten Pieces for piano, Op. 12  

CD 3    

ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810–1856)
1–21 Carnaval, Op. 9 

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833–1897)
Variations on a theme of Paganini, Op. 35
22 Book I
23 Book II

CD 4          

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
1 9 Variations on a march by Ernst Christoph Dressler, WoO 63
2 6 Variations on a Swiss song, WoO 64
3 9 Variations on ‘Quant’e piu bello’ from Giovanni Paisiello’s opera La Molinara, WoO 69
4 24 Variations on Vincenzo Righini’s aria ‘Venni Amore’, WoO 65                5 6 Variations on ‘Nel cor più non mi sento’ from Giovanni Paisiello’s opera La Molinara, WoO 70
6 13 Variations on the aria ‘Es war einmal ein alter Mann’ from Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf’s opera Das rote Käppchen, WoO 66
7 12 Variations on the ‘Menuet a la Vigano’ from Jakob Haibel‘s ballet La nozza disturbate, WoO 68

CD 5

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
1 8 Variations on ‘Une fièvre brûlante’ from André Grétry’s opera Richard Coeur-de-lion, WoO 72
2 6 Easy Variations on an original theme for piano, WoO 77
3 6 Variations on a theme in F major, Op. 34
4 7 Variations for piano on ‘God Save the King’, WoO 78
5 7 Variations on ‘Kind, willst du ruhig schlafen’ from Peter Winter’s opera Das unterbrochene Opferfest, WoO 75
6 5 Variations on ‘Rule, Britannia!’, WoO 79
7 8 Variations on ‘Tändeln und scherzen’ from Franz Xaver Süssmayr’s opera Soliman II, WoO 76
8 6 Variations on an original theme (the Turkish March from The Ruins of Athens) in D major, Op. 76

CD 6

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
1 32 Variations on an original theme in C minor, WoO 80
2 12 Variations on the Russian dance from Paul Wranitzky’s ballet Das Waldmädchen, WoO 71
3 10 Variations on ‘La stessa, la stessissima’ from Antonio Salieri’s opera Falstaff, WoO 73
4–22 15 Variations and Fugue in E flat major on an original theme, Op. 35 (‘Eroica Variations’) 

CD 7

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
1–34 33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120

 

CÉCILE OUSSET, piano

Track previews
Carnaval, Op. 9: Marche des "Davidsbünler" contre les Philistins
10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 12: 4. Mazurka
Morceaux de Fantasie, Op. 3: No. 1 Elégie
Morceaux de Fantasie, Op. 3: No. 2 Prélude in C-Sharp Minor
Morceaux de Fantasie, Op. 3: No. 3 Mélodie
Morceaux de Fantasie, Op. 3: No. 4 Polichinelle
Morceaux de Fantasie, Op. 3: No. 5 Sérénade
Morceaux de Salon, Op. 10: 5. Humoreske
10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 12: 1. Marche
10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 12: 2. Gavotte
10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 12: 3. Rigaudon
12 Etudes, L.136: 11. Pour les arpèges composés
Carnaval, Op. 9: Pierrot
12 Etudes, L.136: 3. Pour les quartes
12 Etudes, L.136: 5. Pour les octaves
3 Gymnopédies: No. 1 Lent et douloureux
3 Gymnopédies: No. 2 Lent et triste
3 Gymnopédies: No. 3 Lent et grave
Étude en forme de valse, Op. 52
Toccata, Étude d'après le 5ème concerto, Op. 111
10 Pièces pittoresques: 6. Idylle
10 Pièces pittoresques: 10. Scherzo-valse
Bourrée fantasque
Carnaval, Op. 9: Arlequin
Carnaval, Op. 9: Préambule
Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35: Book 1
Carnaval, Op. 9: Florestan
Carnaval, Op. 9: Estrella
Carnaval, Op. 9: Reconnaissance
Carnaval, Op. 9: Pantalon et Colombine
Carnaval, Op. 9: Valse allemande
Carnaval, Op. 9: Paganini
Carnaval, Op. 9: Aveu
Carnaval, Op. 9: Promenade
Carnaval, Op. 9: Pause
Carnaval, Op. 9: Valse noble
Carnaval, Op. 9: Eusebius
Carnaval, Op. 9: Coquette
10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 12: 10. Scherzo
Carnaval, Op. 9: Réplique
Carnaval, Op. 9: Papillons
Carnaval, Op. 9: A.S. C.H. - S. C.H.A. (Lettres dansantes)
Carnaval, Op. 9: Chiarina
Carnaval, Op. 9: Chopin
10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 12: 5. Capriccio
10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 12: 6. Légende
10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 12: 7. Prélude
10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 12: 8. Allemande
10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 12: 9. Scherzo humoristique
12 Etudes, L.136: 7. Pour les degrés chromatiques
Recording information

CD 1

Recordings: France, 1971

First issued on Decca (France) 7.159 in 1971

 

CD 2

Recordings: France, 1973

First issued on Decca (France) 7.208 in 1974

 

CD 3

Recordings: France, 1973

First issued on Decca (France) 7.197 in 1974

 

CD 4 – CD 6

Recordings: 1975–76

First issued on Decca (France) 7439/41 (3LP set) in 1976

P & C 1976 Decca Records France

 

CD 7

Recordings: 1975–76

First issued on Decca (France) 7474/75 (2LP set) in 1977

Reviews

‘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)