P1191. LÉILA GOUSSEAU: Thème et variations (Fauré); LÉILA GOUSSEAU, w.Manuel Rosenthal Cond.RTF S.O.: Piano Concerto #1 in d (Brahms); LÉILA GOUSSEAU, w.Dervaux Cond.RTF S.O.: Concerto #1 in E-flat (Liszt). (Germany) Meloclassic 1028, Live & Studio Performances, 1953-59, Paris. Final sealed copy! - 791154054048
“As a celebrated pupil of the icon Lazare-Lévy, Lélia Gousseau was a major performer from the 1930s to 1950s, and beginning in 1952 she embarked on an international career, playing with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Boston Symphony while touring the U.S.
One of her first professional appearances came with the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire at Paris’ Opéra, 30 Décembre, 1928 performing Beethoven’s Violin concerto under the baton of Philippe Gaubert. Her career, successfully launched, was interrupted by the war. Since the liberation of France in 1945 she played acclaimed recitals throughout Europe (England, France, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Romanian), as well as in North Africa (Algeria, Morocco) and the Middle East (Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey), and in 1952 she embarked on touring the United States, playing with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Boston Symphony.
Gousseau had played with many well respected orchestras and has been critically acclaimed by noted conductors such as Philippe Gaubert, Charles Münch, Paul Paray, Eugene Bigot, Vladimir Golschmann, Igor Markevich, Eugene Ormandy, Dimitri Mitropoulos and Erich Leinsdorf.
Between 1961 and 1978, Lélia Gousseau taught piano playing at the National Conservatory in Paris (1961-1978), and later at the École Normale de Musique. She gave a series of master classes at Indiana University.
Sadly, she recorded very little commercially, primarily music of Albert Roussel for the Philips and Vega labels in the 1950s, and Falla for Telefunken. But her repertoire was much wider than that, embracing Brahms, Fauré, Debussy and Schumann particularly, and with a pronounced emphasis on the music of her contemporaries—especially Rivier, Martelli, Ohana, Schmitt, Malipiero, Clergue and Dukas.
Lélia Gousseau died in Paris on 14 February, 1997 at the age of 88. Our discovery of these rare recordings brings her artistry back into the present."
- Michael Waiblinger