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Prokofiev: Piano Concertos [Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Gianandrea Noseda] Double CD


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An exclusive recording artist for Chandos, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet received a Gramophone Award in 2011 for his recording of works by Debussy and Ravel (with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Yan Pascal Tortelier) and his recording of the Bartók Concerti (with Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic) was shortlisted in the concerto category. He has won multiple awards for his recording of ... Read more in Amazon's Jean-Efflam Bavouzet Store

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  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Composer: Sergey Prokofiev
  • Audio CD (3 Feb. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00HFEBYT0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Piano Concerto No 1, Op 10
2. Piano Concerto No 2, Op 16
3. Piano Concerto No 3, Op 26
4. Piano Concerto No 4, Op 53
5. Piano Concerto No 5, Op 55

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Exclusive Chandos artist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet performs all five of Prokofiev's formidable piano concertos in partnership with Gianandrea Noseda conducting the BBC Philharmonic. Bavouzet's flair for powerful twentieth-century repertoire was made clear in his recording of Bartok's Piano Concertos, described by The Telegraph as 'vibrant in colour, vital in rhythm and detail and viscerally exciting in impact.'

Prokofiev wrote these works between 1911 and 1932, mostly as performing vehicles for himself during his most active period as a pianist of astonishing gifts. The First Concerto is for the most part a youthful jeu d'esprit, full of rhythmical energy, but its brief slow movement is surprisingly tragic. The Second Concerto poses some of the most significant technical challenges in the entire piano repertoire, its vivid and athletic keyboard writing pushing the boundaries of what is playable. The Third Concerto in C major, a bright and breezy vehicle for Prokofiev to showcase his talents as a performer, is today his most popular piano concerto. Numbers 4 and 5 are the least well known, having been written at a time when Prokofiev was pushing his musical language to new extremes. However, both concertos contain slow movements that are full of wistful lyricism, foreshadowing the melodic impulse revealed in later works, such as Romeo and Juliet.

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With Bavouzets's lively temperament allied with Noseda's fierce attention to detail, no listener will come to these performances without hearing something new in these works. Performance **** Recording *** --BBC Music Magazine, Mar'14

Strongly recommended. --IRR, Feb'14

Throughout, Bavouzet displays a light touch and laudable levels of physical stamina, with a firm a grasp of the very different personalities of each piece. RECORDING OF THE MONTH --Gramophone, mar'14

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A splendid recording all round. Nos 1 and 3 are the easiest to start with. The others are different and will repay further study, especially No 2. Bavouzet has all that is needed of a pianist to be able to play them which have been favourites of mine for years.
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I was unfamiliar with this soloist but the reviews were sound so I made the jump despite having other recordings and what a very pleasant surprise.
The dialogue between soloist and orchestra is sometimes breathtaking especially in the Second Concerto,buy it!.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr P G Nicholson on 10 Feb. 2014
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Any worries about French romanticism suffocating the excitement of the Russian infant terrible can be set aside. Bavouzet promised much in his recording of the Bartok concertos whilst showing in his Debussy that he cam plumb the depths of pianistic impressionism. Here he shows that Prokovfiev is more than just a sequence of hammering blows to the keyboard, but is indeed the worthy composer of Romeo and Juliet. The concerti themselves are awe inspiring, but here they explode in all their majesty.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NickR on 25 Mar. 2014
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I'm not competent to compare this with other recordings, but it was a revelation for me. My exposure to Prokofiev has been quite limited, so I was stunned to discover in these concertos a musical language which was coherent, distinctive, confident, and which spoke so strongly to me. Wonderful.
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The best modern complete set, even if no single reading rises to the level of a classic 10 Feb. 2014
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
This sparkling new set of the five Prokofiev piano concertos is a rare occurence; the last high-profile rival was Gergiev's complete set with a veteran Russian colleague, Alexander Toradze. I'd rank Gergiev as a Prokofiev interpreter of the highest rank, but he seems somewhat out of sorts here, and even more unexpectedly, he wasn't always at his best in his integral set of Prokofiev's seven symphonies. So room was left for this new release, which has excellent sound from Chandos and a lighter, more alert pianist in Bavouzet. He showed his mettle in an outstanding disc of Bartok's three piano concertos, and since Bartok and Prokofiev can both be credited with altering modern piano style, this seems like another good fit.

And so it is - Bavouzet plays Russian music with a French accent, meaning that he is more insouciant in his interpretations, lighter of touch, and not inclined to accentuate the barbarity of Ctos. #1 and #2. The conducting by Gianandrea Noseda is idiomatic; he has already shown a flair for Rachmaninov. If you want a complete cycle of Prokofiev's piano concertos, this is now the one to have. What stands in the way is that only the First and Third concertos are popular works. The second has recently begun to appear on concert programs and prominent recordings by Yuja Wang and Yundi. The other two are still rarities - the Fourth will always be, since it's for the left hand.

This disparity poses a problem for Bavouzet, because the greatest recordings of Ctos. #1 and #3, by artists of the stature of Kapell, Argerich, Kissin, and Graffman are well-deserved classics. His new readings are excellent but don't rise to that level. He has the technique to dazzle in Cto. #2 but not quite at Yuja Wang's level. which leaves his major opportunity in two works that few except devoted Prokofiev fans are likely to be collecting. Even here he is up against Leon Fleisher in the concerto for the left hand and Richter in Cto. #5.

I'd say that Bavouzet's version of Cto. #2 really does rival the best, as does his take on Ctos. #4 and #5, excluding the two recordings I've just mentioned. Therefore, since the overall level of musicianship and pianism is high throughout, this release makes its case very well.
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Like any good new recording I hear things that I ... 15 Aug. 2014
By Stephen D. Ward - Published on Amazon.com
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Like any good new recording I hear things that I have never heard before. I am not sure they are better than the classic Browning Leinsdorf, but they are up there and better by far than the Ashkenazy.
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