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Stravinsky: Works for piano & orchestra - Concerto; Capriccio; Movements; Petrouchka / Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

Album Summary

>Stravinsky, Igor : Concerto for piano & wind instruments
>Stravinsky, Igor : Capriccio, for piano & orchestra
>Stravinsky, Igor : Movements (5), for piano & orchestra
>Stravinsky, Igor : Pétrouchka
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, March 2015
[Bavouzet] captures the spirit of these disparate works...The Spo Paulo Symphony Orchestra under Yan Pascal Tortelier proves a remarkably deft partner, matching so that the numerous accents, twists and turns of the music occur as if the orchestra were an extension of Bavouzet's piano...there is much to admire and these pieces work well together.

Financial Times, 24th January 2015
Bavouzet is sprightly and concentrated in 'Concerto' and 'Movements', giving them a rhythmic lift.

The Observer, 18th January 2015
Bavouzet, who won a 2014 Gramophone award for his Prokofiev concertos, brings energy and precision to this repertoire, whether in the serialism of Movements or the majestic, extrovert flair of PTtrouchka. It's hard to imagine better.

International Record Review, March 2015
From the moment [Jean-Efflam Bavouzet] bolts into the Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments, you sense that his new recording of Stravinsky's three works for piano and orchestra is going to be a major addition to his discography. These are up-tempo performances, notable for their rapier accents, blazing colours [and] tightly sprung rhythms... the Sao Paulo orchestra, under Yan Pascal Tortelier responds dazzlingly.

Classical Music
Best of all is the late 'Movements', which has never sounded less dry and more enticing. Superb recorded sound.

The Times, 9th January 2015
There's a bright shriek from the brass, and athletic clatter from the piano: Stravinsky's 1924 concerto for piano and wind instruments is off and away. So is this scintillating new album from Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, the French pianist who always leaves the listener refreshed.

The Telegraph, 18th January 2015
This exciting Stravinsky sequence juxtaposes two haunting neoclassical masterpieces with his stylistically far-removed late serial Movements...the fast movements sizzle.

After having won the Gramophone Award in 2014 for his recording of Prokofiev's five piano concertos, exclusive Chandos artist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet here explores the complete works for piano and orchestra of Igor Stravinsky. Once again he partners with conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier, winners of the 2011 Gramophone Award - Concerto category, for their last Chandos release together. It starts with the crisp rhythms, polyphony and classical form of the expressive, weighty Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra. The Capriccio is a piece that Stravinsky composed as a repertoire alternative to his concerto; he performed it more than forty times in the first four years after its creation. The anti-tonal, twelve-tone idiom of Movements represents Stravinsky's experiments in the use of serial techniques. Pétrouchka is a work for piano and orchestra as well, except that the piano here is not a solo instrument but rather part of the orchestral fabric. Mr. Bavouzet himself described blending in with the fortissimos of the orchestra as 'one of the best musical experiences of my life'.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala Sao Paulo, Júlio Prestes Cultural Center, Sao Paul (2014).



Reviews

"Twelve- tone swindlers?"
Yan Pascal Tortelier is a fine conductor unfortunately not currently as visible in the recording arena as he should be. The Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra is rapidly emerging as a major ensemble. It’s good to see them making music together again. As usual, Bavouzet shines. After all, this is really his outing. Why then might one ask the inclusion of Petrouchka in a program entitled “Works for Piano and Orchestra”? Bavouzet lays out the justification in his enthusiastic contribution to the excellent liner notes and, not surprisingly, performs the brief but important piano part. In the remaining three works, Bavouzet provides playing that is characterized by great sensitivity, rhythmic vitality and structural clarity. Maestro Tortelier and the Sao Paulo musicians are with him every step of the way. On the other hand, the Petrouchka is a good performance which never quite takes flight. It’s simply too careful and restrained. One need only sample the composer led recording on CBS to hear how this piece can sound in a truly inspired performance. Nevertheless, on balance this is a valuable project well worth exploring. Throughout, the Super Audio sound is rich, detailed and realistically balanced.
Submitted on 02/06/15 by Allen Cohen 
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Works Details

>Stravinsky, Igor : Concerto for piano & wind instruments
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Conductor: Yan Tortelier
  • Ensemble: Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Sao Paulo, Júlio Prestes Cultural Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil (05/02/2014-05/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1924

>Stravinsky, Igor : Capriccio, for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Conductor: Yan Tortelier
  • Notes: Sala Sao Paulo, Júlio Prestes Cultural Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil (05/08/2014-05/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>Stravinsky, Igor : Movements (5), for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Conductor: Yan Tortelier
  • Notes: Sala Sao Paulo, Júlio Prestes Cultural Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil (05/08/2014-05/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1959

>Stravinsky, Igor : Pétrouchka
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Conductor: Yan Tortelier
  • Notes: Sala Sao Paulo, Júlio Prestes Cultural Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil (05/02/2014-05/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911