P1131. THIERRY de BRUNHOFF: Daquin, Couperin, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Rachmaninoff & Bartók. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 33-232. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“Thierry de Brunhoff was born in 1933. His father was the writer and illustrator Jean de Brunhoff (1899-1937) who was famous for creating the BABAR THE ELEPHANT books. When he was nine years old Thierry de Brunhoff became a pupil of Alfred Cortot at l'École Normale de Musique in Paris. Brunhoff's father had died when he was just three and he was encouraged as a pianist by his mother who had also been a pupil of Cortot's. He was a favourite pupil of Cortot and his career developed in the early 1960s to include acclaimed recitals and records, notably of Schumann. Some of his recordings from this period remain available. In the mid-1960s Brunhoff was involved in a serious car accident and, although he returned to the recording studio, his performing career was curtailed and he turned to teaching.
After a career spanning 30 years, Thierry de Brunhoff entered the Benedictine monastery of En Calcat near Toulouse in 1974 as Frère Thierry-Jean. At that point the trail goes cold, other than confirmation in Feb. 2011 that Brunhoff was still a member of the religious community at En Calcat.”
- Zillah D. Akron
“Each of these disks, from Canadian engineer Yves St Laurent… [feature] St Laurent’s natural transfer – made without filtering, like all his dubbings – it is easy to listen to, despite the surface noise.”
- Tully Potter, CLASSICAL RECORD QUARTERLY, Summer, 2011