Several box sets of reissues are out to cover your summer listening, all highly tempting.

Cécile Ousset Cécile Ousset. Photo © Tully Potter Collection

To celebrate 20 years of the Eloquence label (produced by Universal Australia and overseen by the indefatigable Cyrus Meher-Homji), Eloquence has released three boxes, two of which I will mention here. The first is a 7-disc set of the French pianist Cécile Ousset, compiled from recordings made for French Decca in the early 1970s. Ousset, who retired due to back problems in 2006, combines the sparkle of the French school with the strength and presence of a major concert virtuoso. It is no surprise that in her recital of French music she chooses pieces that pose technical challenges, which she dispatches with aplomb: Saint-Saëns’ Étude en Forme de Valse, four of Debussy’s Études, and Chabrier’s Bourrée Fantasque. The set also includes Rachmaninov, Schumann and Brahms (typically,...