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Haydn: Piano Concertos in F, G & D / Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano; Manchester Camerata; Gábor Takács-Nágy

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Keyboard in F major, H 18 no 3
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Keyboard in G major, H 18 no 4
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Keyboard in D major, H 18 no 11
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Classical Music
Bavouzet tackles three of Haydn's best known concertos and brings to them his trademark insight and sparkle.

International Piano
Bavouzet's delivery is unfailingly crisp and he pinpoints the essence of Haydn's gestures, from the cheeky to the most heartfelt. The slow movement of the F major features a solo violin at its opening; Bavouzet's single-line response is heartbreaking.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2014
Bavouzet's new readings on a bright-toned Yamaha concert grand are unfailingly crisp and vivacious, if with idiosyncrasies...his rapport with Gabor Takacs-Nagy and the sensitised strings of the excellent Manchester Camerata is complete.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2014
Performances that demonstrate his innate love and understanding of this music in performances of the expected vivacity and insight.

MusicWeb International, 9th October 2014
Swings and roundabouts here - fine playing from Bavouzet, but while these works are certainly enjoyable diversions, they remain peripheral Haydn.

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's feted ongoing series devoted to Haydn's sonatas has established him as one of the world's finest interpreters of Haydn's keyboard music. In this Concerto recording he performs in partnership with the conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy, the two united by an passionate admiration for Haydn's infectious good humor and art of the unexpected.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
I want to mention Rachel Smith and Jonathan Cooper who are producer-editor and sound engineer of the Chandos series. The pure sound is from a Yamaha 9-foot concert grand at the Royal Northern College of Music at Manchester. Bravo to all concerned!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall of the Royal Northern College of Music, Ma (10/14/2013/10/15/2013).



Reviews

Bavouzet leaves his mark
Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet partners with conductor Gabor Takacs-Nagy to create some truly individualistic performances of three Haydn concertos.

The use of a chamber orchestra (in this case, the Manchester Camerata) is a good one. Haydn's keyboards concertos have much different character than Beethoven's, and are well-suited to the smaller, more intimate sound of a chamber orchestra.

Cadenzas in the classical era were usually improvised. Over time, cadenzas were written out and formalized, and it's the exception rather than the rule that an artist will provide his own cadenza.

Bavouzet is the exception, and his are exceptional. He's not afraid to explore the music beyond the confines of the 18th Century. As he admits in the liner notes, his cadenza for the concerto no. 3 in F major, he pays tribute to Friederich Gulda "which (he says) will raise a few eyebrows.Based on a little motive from the Aria and introducing the theme of the following movement, it contains harmonies that are anachronistic, to say the least!"

Perhaps so, but it made me pay close attention as the familiar became the unfamiliar. And, I think, Bavouzet recaptures some of the listening experience of Haydn's original audience. Back then, no one knew for sure what would happen during the cadenza -- that was up to the skill and inspiration of the pianist.

Delivering that same experience over 300 years later is no mean feat. I applaud the imaginations of Bavouzet and Takacs-Nagy to make these works sound fresh and exciting and, in a way, brand new.
Submitted on 10/20/14 by RGraves321 
Clever and deftly played piano concertos from Haydn
This CD from the Chandos label contains (just barely – the music *leaps* off of the CD!) Haydn’s Piano Concertos in F, G, and D Major (Hob. XVIII: 3, 4, and 11), brought to life by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet playing a Yamaha CF Series Concert Grand Piano and the amazing Manchester Camerata, conducted by Gabor Takacs-Nagy. Yes, I love this disc!

The works are performed in what is believed to be the order of their creation, but that is really of little import. What is important is that Haydn’s genius and cleverness, his ever so special way that he pauses at just the right moment for just the right amount of time, his innate lyricism, and his gift for engaging the mind of the active listener and making him/her smile, all come through loud and clear. And I can’t say enough about the virtuosity of Mr. Bavouzet on the piano – his technique is well suited to both the intellectual side of the music being performed, while at the same time capturing the subtle nuances of feeling that are present both in what Haydn committed to the page and what is intuited by both the soloist and the ensemble as a whole. It is also no exaggeration to say that the Manchester Camerata under the leadership of Gábor Takács-Nagy is a formidable entity indeed, playing with fleetness and charming energy, the perfect companion for Mr. Bavouzet and the journey that Haydn’s music takes us on.

This recording has spent a great deal of time in my various CD players. I am continually impressed every time I listen to it, as it is the kind of CD that makes me feel grateful to have discovered classical music in the first place. I am beyond thrilled to have it in my collection. Very highly recommended!

Submitted on 11/10/14 by KlingonOpera 
Haydn and the Keyboard Concerto
Over the years, Haydn’s keyboard concerti have enjoyed far less currency than, say those by Mozart. They are deserving of a closer look. The three major key works recorded here embody the composer’s predilection for sleek, unambiguous construction, classical proportion and, of course, optimism especially as manifested in those spunky finales. Diatonic harmonies and clear cut rhythms are augmented by a profusion of appealing motivic ideas and textural subtleties. Bavouzet offers finely articulated performances. His sense of phrasing, rhythmic fidelity and dynamic shading fall comfortably on the ears. The Manchester Camerata under the leadership of Maestro Nagy serves up solid, vibrant support. The sound pickup is ideal. Piano and orchestra are accurately arrayed and naturally balanced. The superb liner notes nicely detail the complex origin of these works. The accompanying essay by Bavouzet makes a convincing case for the choices made by pianist and conductor in terms of rendering these works in the best possible light.
Submitted on 11/14/14 by Allen Cohen 
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Works Details

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Keyboard in F major, H 18 no 3
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gabor Takacs-Nagy
  • Ensemble: Manchester Camerata
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England (10/14/2013/10/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1765

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Keyboard in G major, H 18 no 4
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gabor Takacs-Nagy
  • Ensemble: Manchester Camerata
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England (10/14/2013/10/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1768

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Keyboard in D major, H 18 no 11
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gabor Takacs-Nagy
  • Ensemble: Manchester Camerata
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England (10/14/2013/10/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1784