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Transcriptions for Two Pianists - Debussy: Jeux; Stravinsky: Rite of Spring; Bartok: Two Pictures / Jean-Efflam Bavouzet & Francois-Frédéric Guy, pianists

Album Summary

>Bartók, Béla : Pictures (2) (Két kép), for orchestra, Sz. 46, BB 59 (Op. 10)
>Debussy, Claude : Jeux
>Stravinsky, Igor : Le sacre du printemps
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Notes & Reviews:

Played by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and François-Frédéric Guy, these two-piano transcriptions renew one’s experience of three great orchestral works, each premiered in 1913. Mr. Bavouzet’s Jeux is, like any fine transcription, far more than a memento of the original. Not only the trills and tremolandos needed to maintain sustained notes and chords, but also the pianists’ interplay, lines and motifs bouncing between them, become active participants in an intimate music of undulant ambiguity, dream and darkness. ‘In Full Flower’, the first of Bartók’s Two Pictures, often taken as his most Debussian composition, Zoltán Kocsis in his transcription emphasizes rather its fully Bartókian character by bringing out its luxuriant and blossoming Hungarian aspects. The two ‘pictures’ here provide a route from Debussy’s world of erotic reverie to Stravinsky’s of ancient ritual. The thundering and the bells of the two pianos in full and accurate fury make this version of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps hardly less forceful in the hands of these dazzling and virtuosic pianists.

The Observer, 14th June 2015
Bavouzet and his well-matched partner, Frantois-FrTderic Guy, play with nimble grace, capturing the works wit and mystery. This gripping album is dedicated to Pierre Boulez, guru and enabler, for his 90th birthday.

Sunday Times, 7th June 2015
The programme works brilliantly, allowing us to hear the music as the composers did when they worked on these masterpieces and, in the case of the Rite, in the form in which it was most often played in the years after the premiere. Any losses in orchestral palette are compensated for by the clarity and wide range of colours at the pianists' disposal.

Financial Times, 20th June 2015
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Frantois-FrTdTric Guy get every subtle detail in place.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2015
Fabulous playing from a pair of completely on-form pianists, which lends The Rite of Spring's rhythmic themes a quite thrilling intensity.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Arsenal, Metz, France (09/15/2014-09/17/2014).



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Works Details

>Bartók, Béla : Pictures (2) (Két kép), for orchestra, Sz. 46, BB 59 (Op. 10)
  • Performers: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano); François-Frederic Guy (Piano)
  • Notes: Arsenal, Metz, France (09/15/2014-09/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1910

>Debussy, Claude : Jeux
  • Performers: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano); François-Frederic Guy (Piano)
  • Notes: Arsenal, Metz, France (09/15/2014-09/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Stravinsky, Igor : Le sacre du printemps
  • Performers: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano); François-Frederic Guy (Piano)
  • Notes: Arsenal, Metz, France (09/15/2014-09/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1913