Yvonne Loriod: The Complete Vega Recordings 1956-1963 | Decca 4817069

Yvonne Loriod: The Complete Vega Recordings 1956-1963


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Label: Decca

Cat No: 4817069

Barcode: 0028948170692

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 13

Release Date: 12th January 2024



Yvonne Loriod (piano)
Olivier Messiaen (piano)
Jeanne Loriod (ondes martenot)
Orchestre du Domaine Musical
Orchestre National de la RTF
Orchestre des Cento Soli


Pierre Boulez
Rudolf Albert
Maurice Le Roux


Albeniz, Isaac

Iberia (complete)

Barraque, Jean

Piano Sonata

Berg, Alban

Piano Sonata, op.1

Boulez, Pierre

Piano Sonata no.2

Chopin, Frederic

Etudes (12), op.10
» no.5 in G flat major 'Black Key Study'
» no.8 in F major
» no.12 in C minor 'Revolutionary'
Etudes (12), op.25
» no.1 in A flat major
» no.2 in F minor
» no.3 in F major
» no.5 in E minor
» no.6 in G sharp minor
» no.8 in D flat major
» no.9 in G flat major
» no.11 in A minor
Etudes, Nouvelles (3)
» no.2 in A flat major

Falla, Manuel de

Noches en los Jardines de Espana (Nights in the Gardens of Spain)

Henze, Hans Werner

Concerto per il Marigny for piano and orchestra

Liszt, Franz

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Messiaen, Olivier

Catalogue d'oiseaux Books 1-7 (complete)
Haikai (7)
Oiseaux exotiques
Preludes (8) for piano
Turangalila Symphony
Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus
Visions de l'Amen

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Fantasia and Fugue in C major, K394
Fantasia in C minor, K396
Fantasia in C minor, K475
Fantasia in D minor, K397
Piano Concerto no.1 in F major, K37
Piano Concerto no.2 in B flat major, K39
Piano Concerto no.3 in D major, K40
Piano Concerto no.4 in G major, K41
Piano Sonata no.11 in A major, K331
Rondo in D major, K485

Schoenberg, Arnold

Septet-Suite in E flat major, op.29

Schumann, Robert

Novelleten (8), op.21

Stravinsky, Igor


Webern, Anton

Variations for piano, op.27


Yvonne Loriod (piano)
Olivier Messiaen (piano)
Jeanne Loriod (ondes martenot)
Orchestre du Domaine Musical
Orchestre National de la RTF
Orchestre des Cento Soli


Pierre Boulez
Rudolf Albert
Maurice Le Roux


13 CDs collecting together for the first time Yvonne Loriod’s complete Véga recordings (1956-1963): many either available for the first time on CD, or released for the first time internationally on CD – including a new remastering of the Turangalîla-Symphonie with Maurice Le Roux.

Presenting a survey of Loriod’s vast piano repertoire from Mozart to Chopin to Schumann, Liszt, Albéniz and De Falla, through Berg, Barraqué and Webern, to Messiaen and Boulez; and including no less than eleven world premiere recordings.

Featuring recordings with Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, Jeanne Loriod, Rudolf Albert, Maurice Le Roux, Orchestre National de la RTF, Les Concerts du Domaine Musical.

64pp booklet (English/French) includes original cover art, rare photos; a retrospective by journalist, broadcaster and Loriod’s friend and Véga producer, Claude Samuel; biography and repertoire notes by musicologist and Messiaen biographer, Nigel Simeone; and a touching tribute by Loriod’s student Roger Muraro

Yvonne Loriod’s reputation was not only due to her unique relationship with her husband’s music: she was one of the most powerful and persuasive of advocates of the music of the twentieth century at a time when hardly any pianists anywhere were playing – or could play – modernist behemoths like Boulez’s Second Sonata or the Barraqué Sonata. Her repertoire – and indeed her reputation – went beyond the music of composers such as Boulez, Barraqué, Bartók, Jolivet and Henze, she was also lauded for her Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Berg, de Falla, and Albéniz, among many others.

Loriod’s performances, in gowns of vibrant colour, were exciting to watch, and even more so to hear with her avian qualities of agility. (Messiaen would apologise to other pianists negotiating his music, explaining that he never had to worry about its difficulty as he knew that Loriod could play anything.) In her extraordinary range of timbre, achieved not only by touch but also by the split-second timing of attack and pedaling, she brought to the music the rainbow brilliance and energy it needed. Though she was very reticent on the subject, she was also a talented composer, but chose to concentrate on performing and on her students and was also a respected figure on the juries of many international piano competitions.

She was one of the most important musicians who helped shape the music of the 20th century, not only as a teacher and dedicated champion of contemporary composers and an exceptional pianist with a breathtakingly wide repertoire, but because her technique allowed Messiaen “the greatest eccentricities” she had a profound and lasting effect on his music – both pianistic and orchestral ... and so on the music of the 20th century. When the definitive history of 20th-century music comes to be written, Yvonne Loriod will find an honoured place as one of the most influential musicians of the time.

“The musical partnership of Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod was, I am quite certain, as important as that of Robert and Clara Schumann. Like Clara Schumann, Yvonne Loriod was muse, companion, adored wife, interpreter par excellence and – for lucky privileged people like me – inspired teacher.” – Paul Crossley

“If Messiaen had not had Loriod ... Messiaen probably would not be Messiaen.” – Roger Muraro

“Before they met, [Messiaen’s] piano music reflected his organist's background: it was less virtuosic, less challenging, it had less variety. And all of a sudden he integrated all the brilliant pianistic ability of this young prodigy” – Pierre-Laurent Aimard

“I have an extraordinary, marvellous, inspired interpreter ... whose brilliant technique and playing – in turn powerful, light, moving and coloured – transformed not only the composer's way of writing for the piano, but his style, vision of the world and modes of thought.” – Olivier Messiaen

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