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I am not sure why Cécile Ousset, who is revered is France, is not better known in this country. Perhaps it is just bad luck. She came along in a modern golden age of pianists: in one competition, she grappled with Ashkenazy, Peter Frankl, Tamás Vásáry, John Browning, and Lazar Berman. Certainly, she is not without honors: her recording of the second Brahms Concerto won the Grand Prix du Disque. I’ve also been listening to a charming recording she made of less intimidating works at a so-called lunchtime concert broadcast by the BBC (“Live from Wigmore Hall,” BBC 1003-2). She has recorded widely, played as a professional since the 50s, and is, it is said, an inspiring teacher.
recordings...were made in 1987, when she was at the height of her powers, intellectual and pianistic. Her Chopin tends to be forthright, even powerful, less nuanced than some, and yet with admirable forward motion. She begins the Sonata in B Minor with a grand statement of the initial theme. Even in the softer iterations that come immediately after, one somehow feels the power underlying the relative quiescence... I feel that Ousset is one of the great Chopin players. She deserves to be considered beside Ashkenazy and a few others of her astounding generation.
-- Michael Ullman, FANFARE [reviewing EMI 85511]
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