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Prokofiev: Piano Concertos 1-5 / Bavouzet, Noseda

Prokofiev / Bavouzet / Noseda / Bbc Philharmonic
Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10802   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Bavouzet displays a light touch and laudable levels of physical stamina, with a firm grasp of the very different personalities of each piece. Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic perform like soulmates for the duration, and with superb notes by the Prokofiev scholar David Nice as part of the deal, you can hardly go wrong.

– Gramophone [3/2014]

"An exciting addition to the discography. The French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet ... plays these challenging works brilliantly, with crisp clarity, flair, and style. He conveys the sometimes brutal sonorities of the music without letting the piano sound percussive. The Italian conductor Gianandrea
Read more Noseda ... draws inspired, colorful playing from the excellent BBC Philharmonic." – Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

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The exclusive Chandos artist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet performs all five of Prokofiev’s formidable piano concertos in partnership with Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic. The flair of Bavouzet for powerful twentieth-century repertoire was made clear in his recording of Bartók’s Piano Concertos, described by The Daily 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 rhythmic 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. Nos 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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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1912; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/05/2012 
Venue:  MediaCity UK, Salford 
Length: 12 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1921; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/29/2012 
Venue:  MediaCity UK, Salford 
Length: 27 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Piano left hand no 4 in B flat major, Op. 53 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/05/2012 
Venue:  MediaCity UK, Salford 
Length: 23 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in G major, Op. 55 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1932; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2013 
Venue:  MediaCity UK, Salford 
Length: 22 Minutes 27 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1923; USSR 
Venue:  MediaCity UK, Salford 
Length: 31 Minutes 21 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-Flat Major, Op. 10: Allegro brioso -
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-Flat Major, Op. 10: Meno mosso -
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-Flat Major, Op. 10: Andante assai -
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-Flat Major, Op. 10: Allegro scherzando
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16: I. Andantino - Allegretto
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16: II. Scherzo: Vivace
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16: III. Intermezzo: Allegro moderato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16: IV. Finale: Allegro tempestoso
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26: I. Andante - Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26: II. Tema con variazioni
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26: III. Allegro ma non troppo
Piano Concerto No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 53: I. Vivace
Piano Concerto No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 53: II. Andante
Piano Concerto No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 53: III. Moderato
Piano Concerto No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 53: IV. Vivace
Piano Concerto No. 5 in G Major, Op. 55: I. Allegro con brio
Piano Concerto No. 5 in G Major, Op. 55: II. Moderato ben accentuato
Piano Concerto No. 5 in G Major, Op. 55: III. Toccata: Allegro con fuoco
Piano Concerto No. 5 in G Major, Op. 55: IV. Larghetto
Piano Concerto No. 5 in G Major, Op. 55: V. Vivo

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 BRAVO ! Well Done ! August 24, 2014 By S. Pearson (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) See All My Reviews "I'd gotten the Debussy CDs and realized then what a fine pianist Bavouzet is ! So when the Prokofiev set came out.. I wondered if Bavouzet would have the punch, the power required to play these incredible pieces. Yes.. he does! I have nearly every set of these magnificent concertos that one could buy! But even so..I need this set too; The tempo/tempi? is just right...not a blur of speed...(re: the Sparks from Argerich's astounding hands) as I like to savor the musical lines as they unfold. This is a lot of gorgeous Prokofiev, extremely well-performed by both pianist and great orchestra. YES! 5 STARS." Report Abuse
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