P1304. LAZARE-LÉVY: Beethoven, Mozart, Rameau, Fauré & Lazare-Lévy; LAZARE-LÉVY acc. GEORGES JOUATTE (T): 4 Fauré songs; LAZARE-LÉVY, w. ULYSSE DELÉCLUSE, COURSIER, de SAMPIGNY, RAMPAL, OUBRADOUS, VIEUX, PIERLOT, BENEDETTI & MARÉCHAL: Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581 (Mozart); Divertissement (Roussel). (Canada) 2-St Laurent Studio YSL T-806, recorded 1950-61, several live performances. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“Lazare Lévy, also hyphenated as Lazare-Lévy was an influential French pianist, organist, composer and pedagogue. As a virtuoso pianist he toured throughout Europe, in North Africa, Israel, the Soviet Union and Japan. He taught for many years at the Paris Conservatoire.
Lazare Lévy was born of French parents in Brussels. He entered the Paris Conservatoire at age 12 in 1894. He studied under Louis Diémer, André Gedalge, and Albert Lavignac. His fellow musicians and friends included Jacques Thibaud, Alfredo Casella, Maurice Ravel, Alfred Cortot, George Enescu, and Pierre Monteux. In 1898, he was awarded a Premier Prix.
He was conducted by Édouard Colonne at his debut recital at the age twenty. He played Schumann's a minor Piano Concerto at the Concerts Colonne. Camille Saint-Saëns, who saw him at one of his early recitals, considered him to possess ‘that rare union of technical perfection and musicality’." Saint-Saëns intentionally obtained a front row seat to show his support for the pianist.
In 1911, he played Ibéria (Book I) of Albéniz, whom he admired. He also supported French composers Darius Milhaud and Paul Dukas early in their careers by playing their works. Having an interest in new music, he also championed the careers of several of his students.
He co-wrote Méthode Supérieure for piano when he was 25. He became an assistant of Diémer, who published the piece. Beginning in 1914, he became a temporary teacher at the Paris Conservatoire. He became a professor in 1923 and taught there until 1953, except for the period during the war when the Germans had dismissed him because he was a Jew holding an official position. However, his position had been given to Marcel Ciampi and although he was reappointed in 1944, he did not get the same position after the war. He was a leading performer and influential teacher, along with Alfred Cortot, Isidor Philipp, and Marguerite Long."
“During his  Japanese tour, Lévy also made a handful of recordings of Couperin, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann & a selection of his own waltzes. The Japanese experience gave a whole new lease of life to Lévy’s career.”
- Jean-Marc Harari, INTERNATIONAL PIANO QUARTERLY, Summer, 2001