Monique de La Bruchollerie studied with Isidor Philipp and graduated from the Paris Conservatoire with a first prize. She subsequently studied with Alfred Cortot in Paris, Emil von Sauer in Vienna, and Raoul von Koczalski in Berlin. She performed with Charles Münch in 1932 and her career was launched. She worked with Sergiu Celibidache, Eugen Jochum, Herbert von Karajan, Ernest Ansermet and other leading conductors.
Tragically, her concert career
came to an end in 1966 as a result of an automile accident in Romania in which she suffered a fractured skull, lateral
paralysis, and permanent injury to her right hand. After that, she
devoted herself to teaching. Jean-Marc Savelli and
Cyprien Katsaris are among her pupils.
Monique de La Bruchollerie was a fabulous pianist, She played with power, delicacy, and such musicality. In her performance of the "Emperor", not a note is lost and the stunning left hand gives many passages new meaning. Her touch in the Mozart movements is akin to a casting of pearls, the roundness of the notes just too delicious for words. Her playing of Mozart is proof positive that many play him too fast. The unhurried appraoch provides a clarity through which his ultimate genius shines brilliantly. And her Haydn opens new horizins for me in that composer's piano music.
There os also a performance by Monique de La Bruchollerie of the Brahms 2nd piano concerto that will knock your socks off. Buy perhaps most interesting of all is Monique de La Bruchollerie's Chopin, a mature, French Chopin, to be sure, but beautifully played and convincingly interpreted.
Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas
in D minor, K 9 (L 413) "Pastorale"
in E Major, K 20 (L 375) "Capriccio"
Haydn Piano Sonata 48 in E minor, Hob XVI:34
recorded live in 1962
iii Vivace molto, innocentemente
Mozart Piano Concerto 20 in D minor, K 466
Bernhard Paumgartner conducting the Camerata Academia des Salzburger Mozarteums
14:12 ➢ ii Romanze
23:36 ➢ iii Allegro assai
recorded in the late 1950s
Heinrich Hollreiser conducting the Orchester Pro Musica Wien
14:37 ➢ ii Romanze
23:03 ➢ iii Allegro assai
Mozart Piano Concerto 23 in A major, K 488
Bernhard Paumgartner conducting the Camerata Academia of the Salzburg Mozarteum
recorded in the late 1950s
Beethoven Piano Sonata 31 in A♭ major, Op 110
i Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
ii Allegro molto
recorded in 1959
Beethoven Piano Concerto 3 in C minor, Op 37
János Ferencsik conducting the Budapest National Philharmonic Orchestra
i Allegro con brio
iii Rondo - Allegro
Beethoven Piano Concerto 5 in E♭ major, Op 73 "Emperor"
Leopold Ludwig conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
19:28 ➢ ii Adagio, un poco mosso
28:10 ➢ iii Rondo - Allegro
recorded live in 1948
Mendelssohn "Spinning Song" Op 67~4 from Songs Without Words
recorded live in 1959
Nocturne in E major, Op 62~2
05:03 Waltz 11 in G♭ major, Op 70~1 posth
07:14 Waltz 13 in D♭ major. Op 70~3 posth
09:57 Waltz 16 in E minor
12:00 Mazurka in C♯ minor, Op 30~4
15:22 Ballade 1 in G minor, Op 23
Chopin Grande Polonaise in E♭ major, Op 22
Chopin Ballade 4 in F minor, Op 52
recorded in 1947
Chopin Piano Sonata 3 in B minor, Op 58
iv Finale -Presto non tanto. Agitato
Chopin Barcarolle in F♯ major, Op 60
Franck Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra
Jonel Perlea conducting l'Orchestre des Concerts Colonne
Brahms Waltz , Op 39~6
2 in E major
6 in C♯ major
Brahms Piano Concerto 2 in B♭ major, Op 83
Rolf Reinhardt conducting the Pro musica Orchester
i Allegro non troppo
16:58 ➢ ii Allegro appassionato
25:38 ➢ iii Andante
37:12 ➢ iv Allegretto grazioso
recorded in 1952
Saint-Saëns Toccata in F major, Op 111~6
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto 1 in B♭ minor, Op 23
i Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso
Rudolf Moralt conducting the Vienna State Philharmonia
recorded in 1952
cadenza (1963 video)
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op 43
unidentified conductor and orchestra
Szymanowski Theme and Variations in B♭ minor, Op 3
The following videos of Monique de La Bruchollerie are at once interesting and shocking. They demonstrate a marvelous pianist with a curious technique, if I may be permitted the euphemism. Looking upon the extra finger motions and the resultant tension in the hands and forearms cause me psychic pain. The finger stretches she proposes to replace hours of practicing scales make me think of Schumann who crippled his hand trying to force his fingers to accomplish something for which they were not designed. Monique de La Bruchollerie must have been one of those fortunate few whose fingers, hands and arms survived with great success the kind of torture hinted at. But a frightening percentage of us lesser mortals would long since have developed no end of injury to the delicate physiology of the fingers and hands.
The videos are in French, but those of you who understand may find them worth while. I encourage everyone to watch the first one.
Monique de La Bruchollerie 1965
Monique de la Bruchollerie - Mozart & Saint-Saëns 1965
For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background
which is also available as an audiobook.
And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:
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