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Stravinsky: Works for Piano & Orchestra

Release date: 27 Jan 2015, CHSA5147


Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier


Igor Stravinsky



Early 20th

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If the Chandos coupling appeals, you should buy with confidence. The Hyperion collection of all the works for piano and orchestra is more logical but, with the prominent piano part in Petrushka, very ably performed by Bavouzet here, the new recording has its own logic too. Performance, recording and presentation of both are first-class.

The Observer

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 Pétrouchka. It’s hard to imagine better.

Financial Times

Bavouzet is sprightly and concentrated in ‘Concerto’ and ‘Movements’, giving them a rhythmic lift.

BBC Music Magazine

The São 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.

YOU HAVE SELECTED:  Duration Price Price Price Price  
Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments (1950 version) 18:29   $
I. Largo - Allegro 07:17   $
II. Largo 06:23   $
III. Allegro 04:49   $
Capriccio (1949 version) 16:58   $
I. Presto 06:38   $
II. Andante rapsodico 04:51   $
III. Allegro capriccioso ma tempo guisto 05:29   $
Movements 9:17   $
I. eighth note = 110 02:56   $
II. quarter note = 52 01:16   $
III. eighth note = 72 01:05   $
IV. eighth note = 80 01:57   $
V. eighth note = 104 02:03   $
Petrushka 34:10   $
Pt. 1: Tableau I: The Shrovetide Fair 05:29   $
Pt. 1: Tableau I: The Magic Trick 01:38   $
Pt. 1: Tableau I: Russian Dance 02:50   $
Pt. 2: Tableau II: Petrushka's Room 04:15   $
Pt. 3: Tableau III: The Moor's Room 03:20   $
Pt. 3: Tableau III: Waltz 03:19   $
Pt. 4: Tableau IV: The Shrove-Tide Fair and the Death of Petrushka 01:06   $
Pt. 4: Tableau IV: Wet Nurses' Dance 02:35   $
Pt. 4: Tableau IV: Peasant and Bear 01:28   $
Pt. 4: Tableau IV: Dance of the Gipsy Girls 01:09   $
Pt. 4: Tableau IV: Dance of the Coachmen and Ostlers 02:06   $
Pt. 4: Tableau IV: The Masqueraders 01:33   $
Pt. 4: Tableau IV: The Scuffle (Blackamoor and Petrushka) 00:47   $
Pt. 4: Tableau IV: Death of Petrushka 00:43   $
Pt. 4: Tableau IV: Police and the Juggler 01:06   $
Pt. 4: Tableau IV: Apparition of Petrushka's Double 00:46   $

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After having won the Gramophone Award in 2014 for his recording of Prokofiev’s five piano concertos, the exclusive Chandos artist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet here explores the complete works for piano and orchestra of another Russian composer of the twentieth century: Igor Stravinsky.

Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, and Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments make good company. First, Bavouzet considers them ‘the greatest concertos of the twentieth century’. Furthermore, he has recorded all of them for Chandos. Last, but not least, his recordings of the concertos by both Bartók (CHAN 10610) and Ravel (CHSA 5084) were shortlisted for Gramophone Awards in 2011 (‘Concerto’ category). The winner? The latter, which marked the first collaboration between Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Yan Pascal Tortelier, a collaboration they resume on the present album.

The Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments combines weighty statements with tender expressivity, but finishes with crisp games with rhythms, polyphony, and classical form. Stravinsky composed the Capriccio as a repertoire alternative to his concerto, which he performed more than forty times in the first four years after its creation. The twelve-tone idiom of Movements represents Stravinsky’s experiments in the use of serial techniques.

Pétrouchka involves a prominent part for piano, except that it here is not a solo instrument but rather part of the orchestral fabric. Bavouzet had long wanted to play the part and has described the effort to blend into the fortissimo of the full orchestra as ‘one of the best musical experiences of my life’.

Recorded in: Sala Sao Paulo, Júlio Prestes Cultural Center, Sao Paulo, Brasil, 2-5 and 7 May 2014 (Concerto, Pétrouchka) and 8-12 May 2014 (other works)

Stravinsky: Works for Piano & Orchestra

Category Solo Instrumental

Period Early 20th

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