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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 / Jean Efflam Bavouzet, piano [3 CDs]

> Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1 - I. Molto allegro e con brio
> Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1 - II. Adagio molto
> Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1 - III. Finale: Prestissimo
> Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2 - I. Allegro
> Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2 - II. Allegretto
> Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2 - III. Finale: Presto
> Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3 - I. Presto
> Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3 - II. Largo e mesto
> Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3 - III. Menuetto - Trio - Menuetto: Allegro
> Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3 - IV. Rondo: Allegro
> Presto in C minor, WoO 52 - Presto in C minor, WoO 52
> Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14, No. 2 - III. Scherzo: Allegro assai
> Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1 (arr. W. Drabkin) - Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1: III. Finale: Prestissimo (arr. W. Drabkin)

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 2 no 2
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, Op. 7
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 9 in E major, Op. 14 no 1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 14 no 2
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in C minor, WoO 52
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

To run parallel with his complete Haydn series, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is now starting a complete, chronological cycle of Beethoven's piano sonatas. This first set covers the sonatas composed in the 1790s. Two further volumes, of middle and late sonatas, will follow in 2013 and 2014 respectively. In a recent cover feature in International Piano, Michael Church spoke with the pianist about the new project and reported: 'For Bavouzet, the particular pleasure of coming to Beethoven after Haydn lies in the fact that although their basic harmonic language is roughly the same, in Beethoven's scores the dynamics are clearly indicated, especially where they seem completely independent of the music's so-called natural harmonic tensions.' Bavouzet added: 'The accents are in exactly the wrong place, and that's what creates his music's excitement. I am so happy to have these two streams of my work running side by side for the next few years.'

"There's certainly nothing remotely small-scale about Bavouzet's performances, even if he keeps the textures lean and athletic in the three sonatas of Op 2. The first movement of the big Op 7 sonata explodes into action, urged on by Bavouzet's insistent left hand, while the opening movement of the Pathétique, Op 13 balances energy and clarity, while its slow movement is warm and generously phrased. The set comes with wonderfully thorough notes (including music examples) on all the sonatas by Bavouzet, and as an extra on the final disc, he includes a presto movement that Beethoven discarded from Op 10 No 1, as well as the original Prestissimo finale of the same sonata. A very promising beginning to a fascinating cycle." -The Guardian

The Times
Bavouzet's fingers, precise in touch, sometimes witty and mischievous, make Haydn's heritage clearly audible...Bavouzet's playfulness is especially valuable...But Bavouzet equally connects with the music's soul, sculpting the PathTtique's grave opening chords to ensure they cast a long shadow.

Financial Times
This is one of the biggest discoveries I have come across in years...Bavouzet's Beethoven...is consistently engaging in its imaginative scope, stylistic freedom and technical fearlessness...The only question now is: after such an outstanding start to his complete cycle, how can Bavouzet maintain this sense of discovery - and how long must we wait for the next instalment?

BBC Music Magazine
Bavouzet's performances are distinguished and virtuosic, but he does overemphasise the storminess of some passages, the results sounding perilously close to self-parody...But Bavouzet is quite marvellous in the many quirky, violent and mischievous movements, and in the slow movements where he does not seek to be intensely expressive...so all told this is a most desirable set overall.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet has decided on a strictly chronological order for his Beethoven sonatas cycle. The first disc covers the three Opus 2 sonatas; his playing is light, fleet, and boasts exceptional clarity and nuance. The last movement of 3 is quite brisk (close to Rubinstein on RCA) but sounds effortless. Bavouzet's scaledback dynamics barely reach a forte, but that suits these early works. But with the second disc you get the feeling he is merely skimming the surface. In the Pathetique he zips through I at an impressive clip but pulls his rhetorical punches, and III is more of the same. Peter Takacs (Nov/Dec 2011) is no barn-stormer, but even his Pathetique conjures up more gravitas (especially in I). Bavouzet's pastel readings of 4, 9, and 10 are impressively performed and may charm listeners predisposed to tactful Beethoven.

Fanfare Magazine, November/December 2012
Chandos's recordings, made between 2008 and 2011 in Suffolk's Potton Hall, Dunwich, are exemplary, capturing Bavouzet's Steinway Model D in rock-solid, full-bodied sound, and the booklet essay by William Drabkin, furnished with a number of musical examples, is well written and highly informative. When it comes to Beethoven, Bavouzet is the equivalent of a strict Constitutional constructionist. His readings will withstand the test of time.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (2008-10-28_2008-10-30&2010-).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/28/2008-10/30/2008)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1793-1795

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 2 no 2
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/28/2008-10/30/2008)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1794-1795

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/28/2008-10/30/2008)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1794-1795

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, Op. 7
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/28/2010-09/30/2010)
  • Running Time: 28 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796-1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/28/2010-09/30/2010)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 9 in E major, Op. 14 no 1
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/28/2010-09/30/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 14 no 2
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/28/2010-09/30/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1799

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (12/14/2011-12/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1795-1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (12/14/2011-12/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796-1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (12/14/2011-12/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in C minor, WoO 52
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (12/14/2011-12/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (12/14/2011-12/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1795-1797