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JACQUELINE BLANCARD (1909-1994)
Swiss pianist



Jacqueline Blancard, it would seem, may well be a figment of our communal imagination.  There appears to be no available information concerning this wonderful pianist.  I have even searched the French search engines and apart from listings of her recordings, I encountered only a request for information from a Frenchman asking if anyone knew anything about her. This enquête unearthed several interesting facts:

- that she was Swiss
- that she taught at the Conservatory of Lausanne
- that she gave the Swiss premier of Ravel's concerto for the left hand in 1937 conducted by Ernest Ansermet
- that she was the first to record Ravel's concerto for the left hand in 1938 (on the Polydor label under Charles Munch), in advance of the famous recordings by Alfred Cortot and Jacques Février.

At least I am not alone in my ignorance.  But if any of you, my dear readers, knows something more of Jacqueline Blancard, please let me know so that I may share it.  Clearly to be given the honor and privilege of such important premieres by the likes of Munch and Ansermet while still in her twenties is indicative of the esteem in which she was held.

So we shall have to rely entirely on our ears, and enjoy every minute of it.  I must say I am especially fond of Jacqueline Blancard's Schumann and Brahms performances which have, at her hands, a limpid fluidity through which new discoveries are made. 



Mozart Sonata in G major, K 283

i Allegro
02:50ii Andante
06:36iii Presto




Schumann  Fantasiestücke, Op 12
Des Abends - Aufschwung - Warum ? - Grillen - In der Nacht - Fabel - Traumes Wirren - Ende vom Lied

recorded in 1951




Schumann  Kinderszenen, Op 15


Part I



Part II




Schumann  Novelletten, Op 21

1 in F major
5 in D major



6 in A major
8 in F minor




Schumann  Piano Sonata 2 in G minor, Op 22

recorded in 1950


i So rasch wie möglich



ii Andantino



iii Scherzo
iv Rondo




Schumann  Faschingschwank aus Wien, Op 26

recorded in 1950


1 Allegro



2 Romanze



3 Scherzino



4 Intermezzo



5 Finale




Brahms  Variations on a theme by Schumann, Op 9

recorded in 1950


Part I



Part II



Part III




Ravel  Piano Concerto in D major for the left hand
Ernest Ansermet conducting l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande




Ravel  Piano Concerto in G major

i Allegramente
ii Adagio assai
iii Presto

Ernest Ansermet conducting l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande




de Falla  Nights in the Gardens of Spain

i "En el Generalife"
ii "Danza lejana"

iii "En los jardines de la Sierra de Córdoba"

Ernest Ansermet conducting l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

recorded in 1942










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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