P1349. MONIQUE de la BRUCHOLLERIE, w. Ansermet Cond. Boston S.O.: Piano Concerto #3 in d (Rachmaninoff), Live Performance, 14 Dec., 1951, Symphony Hall [de la Bruchollerie's North American debut]; MONIQUE de la BRUCHOLLERIE, w. Baudo Cond. Lamoureux Orch.: Piano Concerto #5 in F (Saint-Saëns), Live Performance, 18 Nov., 1964, Salle Playel, Paris. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-1013. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“A striking, even spectacular, event of the music season was the United States debut yesterday afternoon of the French pianist Monique de la Bruchollerie. She was soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the Third Piano Concerto of Rachmaninoff. This concert, as that tonight will be, was conducted by Ernest Ansermet, the Swiss musician who has come to Boston as interim leader of the orchestra during the convalescence of Charles Munch.
Miss de la Bruchollerie is that rarity, a musicians' and the public's artist. She has a big keyboard technic which, presently, you more or less forget under the spell of her expressive playing. Speed, agility, the gift of the caressing phrase, a wide range of dynamic effects, and a ‘touch’ capable of infinite colorations of tone all those attributes she has in full measure.
Not a bar was clouded, made rhythmically untidy or anything but-an exact statement of what it was supposed to be. What is a good but not great concerto, with a fireworks finale intended to whoop up applause, was admirably set forth in every way. I had a feeling Mlle. de la Bruchollerie let Mr. Ansermet set the pace and general tone of the performance. Had she been in complete command I suspect there would have been more tension and excitement.
At the end, there were cheers, applause and stamping for the small, blonde and attractive artist, who returned to bow at least four times. Unless Mlle. de la Bruchollerie is not back within six weeks to give a solo concert, someone will have been asleep at the switch. That is, providing she has no other commitments to prevent a return.”
- Cyrus Durgin, THE BOSTON GLOBE, 15 Dec., 1951
“Monique de la Bruchollerie (1915-1972) studied with Isidor Philipp at the Paris Conservatoire. Graduating with brilliance and distinction at the age of 13, she began an international concert career soon thereafter. She was the first French pianist to record concertos by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Brahms in the 1950s….Her virtuosity was legendary, yet few today have heard of her or heard her recordings.”
- Marina and Victor Ledin
“For those unfamiliar with Monique de La Bruchollerie and her achievements, she was born in Paris in 1915, and at the age of seven went to study with Isidor Philipp, who was a family friend, at the Paris Conservatoire. Later teachers were Alfred Cortot in Paris, Emil von Sauer in Vienna and Raoul von Koczalski in Berlin. Her career embraced teaching and performing. Tragically, her concertizing ended abruptly in December 1966 through a car accident in Romania, as a result of which she sustained numerous injuries including an irreversible damage to her right hand. She continued to teach until her death in 1972. Her most famous pupils were Jean-Marc Savelli and Cyprien Katsaris.”
- Stephen Greenbank, MusicWebInternational