Magazine article Gramophone

Stravinsky: Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments

Magazine article Gramophone

Stravinsky: Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments

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Stravinsky

Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments.

Capriccio. Movements. Petrushka

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet pf Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra / Yan-Pascal Tortelier

Chandos [F] [SACD] CHSA5147 (80' * DDD/DSD)

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Stravinsky was a more than capable pianist, having been given rigorous training by a distinguished teacher, Leokadia Kashperova, who in her youth had sat at the feet of Anton Rubinstein, no less. These works are technically demanding and also require a subtlety of approach which Jean-Efflam Bavouzet fully understands. He even declares, in a note to this recording, a 'Dionysiac delight' in being almost totally submerged in parts of Tortelier's fine performance of Petrushka, with its origins in Stravinsky's imagination as a piano concertante piece.

But it is the three works for solo piano which are the main point of this recording. Bavouzet has the expressive range demanded by the Concerto, which includes an appreciation of style including Baroque as well as tango, all somehow contained within a classical framework, while keeping a cool head through a forest of lightning tempo changes not excelled in The Rite of Spring itself. …

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