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Eloquence, c'est la collection des trésors oubliés des labels Deutsche Grammophon, Decca et Philips. Initiée par l'Australie, cette série de rééditions sait créer l'événement. Les albums offrent des couplages souvent inédits, avec une véritable connaissance de l'histoire discographique pour former une présentation cohérente et soignée. Le son, provenant des bandes originales anglaises, est traité de manière naturelle pour pouvoir rendre au mieux l'exceptionnelle qualité sonore qui a subjugué des générations de mélomanes dès l'orée de la stéréophonie dont Decca a été un des pionniers, développant ses propres micros et magnétophones. Une collection pour mélomanes et audiophiles exigeants pour un prix modique.

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Solo Piano - Released September 13, 2019 | Decca

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The early recordings of a keyboard lioness, long unavailable and new to CDNot generally given to extravagant effusions, William Glock (Controller of Radio 3 and the BBC Proms in the 1970s) had no doubt: ‘There is no one who plays the piano better in the world than she does. There is no one with a more fantastic command of the piano … not over felt, not under-felt, nothing rushed just to show off and yet the greatest playing I’ve heard for years’. He was referring to the French pianist Cécile Ousset, whose career had belatedly sparked to life and international recognition with appearances across the UK and US and a new contract with EMI Records. Yet prior to this Ousset had made several recordings since her success in the late 1950s at several major European competitions. She accumulated a considerable catalogue on Eterna, the East German label, but then Ousset signed to make recordings with Sofrason, the Société Française du Son. These were licensed for wider release by the French arm of Decca, but Sofrason went out of business in 1981 and the recordings have never been reissued – until now. This new Eloquence set includes an appreciation of Ousset’s art by the French pianophile Jean-Charles Hoffélé. These ‘French Decca’ recordings all date from 1971–76, and they include much solo repertoire that Ousset never recorded again, though they share similar qualities with the much-acclaimed concerto recordings that she made in the 1980s: an unsentimental palette of rubato and tone-colour, a fearless and brilliant command of articulation, and a uniquely French mastery of jeu perlé. The first album made an imaginative and attractive compilation of fin-de-siècle Parisians from Saint-Saëns to Satie. The second displayed her particular affinity with the Russian post-Romantics, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev; and the third coupled two landmarks of German-Romantic piano literature, by Brahms and Schumann. These all received a later international LP issue on the ‘Ace of Diamonds’ imprint and to very warm reviews. However, Ousset’s last recordings from this period encompassed the complete variations of Beethoven, issued by French Decca in two volumes (a 3LP and a 2LP box). Its disappearance particularly dismayed Ousset herself: ‘I made a big effort on that one,’ she remarked in a 1984 interview, ‘and it came off beautifully’. (© Decca Music Group Limited / Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd.)
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Classical - Released July 12, 2019 | Universal Music Australia Pty. Ltd.

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Solo Piano - Released January 11, 2019 | Decca

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Symphonic Music - Released September 14, 2018 | Decca

The pre-eminent maestro of our day, caught in little-known studio recordings from the very beginning of his career, including first releases on CD of Beethoven and Mendelssohn recordingsIn an original and valuable documentary essay which serves as the booklet note, Niek Nelissen outlines the rapid and unlikely genesis of Haitink’s career, from being rejected by Willem van Otterloo to taking over the reins of the Concertgebouw in less than a decade. He first stood in front of the orchestra in 1956 and five years later he was leading them on tours to the US and Japan. Following these tours, Philips recorded the partnership in two symphonies which had already become signature works for the young maestro, Beethoven’s Eighth (in July 1962) and Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ (February 1963). Hearing the Eighth in New York, the doyen of local critics, Harold Schönberg, remarked upon it as ‘clean-cut Beethoven … precisely adjusted and handsomely executed’. According to Schönberg, Haitink ‘makes music with plenty of ardor, a good deal of polish and all the temperament one could desire.’ In fact, these are some of Haitink’s earliest recordings with an orchestra he would lead for the next 35 years as music director which date from 1960, during the interim period after the sudden death of Eduard van Beinum when he shared duties with Eugen Jochum. There is more Mendelssohn here – the ‘Hebrides Overture’, in a performance issued on CD for the first time, as acutely sensitive to the composer’s tone-painting as we have come to expect from Haitink and a local rarity on disc, the ‘Symphonic Etude’ by Hendrik Andriessen. Composed in 1952, this deliciously poised ten-minute essay deploys twelve-tone technique in a post-Impressionist idiom through its four sections and serves as a reminder that alongside his mastery of the symphonic tradition from Haydn to Shostakovich, Haitink was always a committed interpreter of the music of our time. (© Decca Music Group Limited / Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd.)
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Symphonic Music - Released May 11, 2018 | Universal Music Australia Pty. Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2010 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Symphonies - Released January 1, 2009 | Decca Music Group Limited

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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Decca Music Group Ltd.