The Beethoven Connection: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays Sonatas

 
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CLEMENTI / DUSSEK / HUMMEL / WOLFL
The Beethoven Connection: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays Sonatas
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

[ Chandos / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 10 July 2020

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"Bavouzet's keen intelligence and pristine musicianship are evident throughout, not least in his vivid delineation of the individual characters of these four composer-pianists" Gramophone Editor's Choice July 2020

In the 250th Beethoven anniversary year, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet has chosen this programme of works by contemporary composers to illuminate and contextualise Beethoven's extraordinary output for piano. In his explanatory note for the album, the pianist writes: 'Just as a mountain peak is always surrounded by other perhaps less lofty but no less fascinating summits, the major works of Beethoven are not isolated rock formations rising from the desert, but, as it were, "Himalayas", forming part of a range in which other mountains might be the best pieces by contemporaries such as Clementi, Hummel, Dussek, and Wölfl. These composers all knew Beethoven well and were in contact with one another. It is essential to know and to make known their music in order better to understand and more thoroughly appreciate the lingua franca of the music of the time, which in turn is part and parcel of the "spirit of the age", and to be aware of that which unites them, as well as to recognise that which differentiates them and renders each unique. In this year of plentiful Beethovenian commemorations, it appears to me natural, indeed essential, to pay admiring and enthusiastic homage to these composers, each of whom, in his own way, followed his route to the summit.'

GRAMOPHONE Award Nomination 2021 - Piano

"Bavouzet's keen intelligence and pristine musicianship are evident throughout, not least in his vivid delineation of the individual characters of these four composer-pianists…In Hummel's overtly virtuoso Op 20 Sonata from 1807, Bavouzet's focus is on its extraordinary pathos and startlingly original formal procedures...In the Andante cantabile, Bavouzet gives full vent to Wölfl's unabashedly operatically inspired writing." Gramophone Editor's Choice July 2020

"Their music is often harmonically and expressively bold, its structures hold up well and it advances pianistic virtuosity. Bavouzet's advocacy is passionate and intelligent, and he includes an appendix illustrating points made in the sleeve notes." Sunday Times

Tracks:

Wölfl: Piano Sonata in E Major, Op. 33 No. 3

Clementi: Piano Sonata in A Major, Op. 50 No. 1

Hummel, J: Piano Sonata in F minor Op. 20

Dussek, J L: Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 61, C. 211 "Elégie harmonique"

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet: Musical Illustrations (After Beethoven, Clementi, Dussek & Hummel)

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet: The Beethoven Connection