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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays works by Ravel, Debussy & Massenet

Audio Samples

>Debussy, Claude : Fantaisie for piano & orchestra, L. 73
>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano in G major
>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano left hand
>Massenet, Jules : Impromptus (2) for piano
>Massenet, Jules : Toccata for piano in B flat major
>Massenet, Jules : Pieces (2) for piano
>Massenet, Jules : Valse folle, for piano

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Fantaisie for piano & orchestra, L. 73
>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano in G major
>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano left hand
>Massenet, Jules : Impromptus (2) for piano
>Massenet, Jules : Toccata for piano in B flat major
>Massenet, Jules : Pieces (2) for piano
>Massenet, Jules : Valse folle, for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

"It is the particular mix that makes this disc so appealing... Albeit that the Fantaisie is an early work that Debussy himself seems to have shunned, this performance relishes its colour and élan." -The Telegraph

"A thrilling disc of French concertos from Debussy & Ravel and wonderful make-weights from Massenet... This is perhaps the finest sound from Chandos to date; it is lifelike in a way that normally is avoided in an effort to obtain - an admittedly flattering - bloom which is mercifully absent here. One hears so much more detail in the orchestral parts in the Ravel than ever before but without the slightest hint of spot-miking; bravo to the engineering team! Highly recommended." -SACD.net

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet performs French repertoire on this his second disc of concertos for Chandos. His recording of the Bartok Piano Concertos was released in September to great acclaim and has already been voted Orchestral Choice of the Month by BBC Music and his recent cycle of Debussy's solo piano music scooped awards from the BBC Music and Gramophone. Jean-Efflam is joined by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Yan Pascal Tortelier in Super Audio Surround Sound. This new recording includes the Ravel Concertos his Concerto in G major and the Concerto for the left hand. The G major Concerto merges classical models with the idioms and harmonies found in the popular jazz music of the day. The first performance of the work which was given by Marguerite Long in Paris was a great success. The Piano Concerto for the Left Hand was commissioned by Paul Wittgenstein a concert pianist who had lost his right arm during WW1 and also features jazz-influenced rhythms. Debussy's Fantasie for Piano and Orchestra, the third orchestral work represents the composer's only foray into the concerto repertoire and unusually treats the piano as an equal partner with the orchestra. The disc is completed by six pieces for solo piano by Massenet.

"As he did in his performance of the Concerto for the Left Hand at the Proms in the summer, Bavouzet undervalues its growling intensity...He's much more at home in the glitter of the G major concerto, with his elegant, delicately tinted playing and Tortelier's deft accompaniments" -The Guardian ***"It is the particular mix that makes this disc so appealing...Albeit that the Fantaisie is an early work that Debussy himself seems to have shunned, this performance relishes its colour and élan." -The Telegraph ****

"The ebullient French pianist Bavouzet scales the heights in this splendid and generous CD with the BBC Symphony Orchestra...The G major bounces along, though, with reflective asides not forgotten. In the Concerto for Left Hand, Bavouzet winningly balances the grandiose and jazzy." -The Times ****

"The interpretations catch the ear with their blend of subtle phrasing, polish and unanimous zest...A group of charming solo piano miniatures by Massenet complements and at times connects with the styles of Debussy and Ravel, and Bavouzet plays them beautifully." -Gramophone Magazine

"[Bavouzet] turns in a performance of the Fantaisie that illuminates this uneven yet magical work like no other. As to the Ravel concertos, I have no hesitation in saying these are the greatest performances I have ever heard. The G major is a sharp as a razor, achingly lyrical when required and, above all, fun...The 'Left Hand', helped by Tortelier's incisive conducting is simply awe-inspiring." -Classic FM Magazine *****

"Bavouzet's G major concerto is the best since Michelangeli's 50 years ago: it has style, verve, poetry and balance...they pull off a wonderfully propulsive Left Hand Concerto, full of pizzazz, spontaneity and arresting insights." -Financial Times ****



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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : Fantaisie for piano & orchestra, L. 73
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Conductor: Yan Tortelier
  • Notes: Watford Colosseum (04/27/2010-04/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1889-1890

>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano in G major
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Conductor: Yan Tortelier
  • Notes: Watford Colosseum (04/27/2010-04/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1929-1931

>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano left hand
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Conductor: Yan Tortelier
  • Notes: Watford Colosseum (04/27/2010-04/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1929-1931

>Massenet, Jules : Impromptus (2) for piano
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Toccata for piano in B flat major
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Pieces (2) for piano
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Valse folle, for piano
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz