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Bartok: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 3

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>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Piano no 1, Sz 83
>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Piano no 2, Sz 95
>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119

Album Summary

>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Piano no 1, Sz 83
>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Piano no 2, Sz 95
>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119
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Notes & Reviews:

This is the first concerto recording by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet for Chandos. Following the tremendous success of his complete Debussy piano music edition ('This could well be the finest and most challenging of all Debussy piano cycles' - Bryce Morrison, Gramophone) - which scooped awards from both Gramophone and BBC Music - and the launch of his ambitious Haydn Piano Sonatas series, the pianist now turns his attention to some of the mightiest concertos of the twentieth century. The three Bartok Piano Concertos on a single CD represents superb value for money.

"Both Bavouzet and the BBC Philharmonic with Gianandrea Noseda are outstanding in the First Concerto, capturing its epic scale and mixture of formality and barbarism...[These performances] generally have all the sweep, intensity and precision that these works demand." -The Guardian

"In league with the finely honed BBC Philharmonic, these are performances vibrant in colour, vital in rhythm and detail and viscerally exciting in impact." -The Telegraph

"Bavouzet relishes the high-octane energy of the outer movements of the first two concertos but through his imaginatively varied use of colour manages to avoid the trap of making Bartok's percussive writing seem too relentless." -BBC Music

"Bavouzet's own energy and lightness make the most of the jubilant, rhythmic writing... It's a beautifully nuanced performance, brimming over with variety of touch and dynamic...The orchestra match him in their deft lightness, brightness and virtuosity." Charlotte Gardner, bbc.co.uk

"Bavouzet's interpretations are masculine, intelligent and direct. In most of the nine movements, he opts for unusually brisk tempos, though quick as they are, the music never sounds rushed or precipitous. Clarity invariably prevails and Noseda and the orchestra are equal partners at every turn...the overall effect is viscerally exhilarating." -International Record Review

"If you're after a disc of Bartok's piano concertos that maximises on the music's drive, elegance and sparring potential, then you could hardly to better than his ear-catching new production...Bavouzet doesn't play down the music's earth-derived grandeur...or its drama." -Gramophone Magazine

"From the paranoid wranglings of the First Concerto to the helter-skelter glamour of the Second and the burlesque of the Third, the playing is first rate. Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet delivers coruscating cadenza and locates an almost Beethovenian limpidity for the Adagio Religioso." -The Independent on Sunday

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester.



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Works Details

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Concerto for Piano no 1, Sz 83
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester (12/09/2009/12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1926-1929

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Concerto for Piano no 2, Sz 95
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Running Time: 27 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1930-1931

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester (12/09/2009/12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1945