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Mozart: Piano Concertos / Bavouzet, Takacs-Nagy, Manchester Camerata


Release Date: 10/28/2016 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10929  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Conductor:  Gábor Takács-Nagy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manchester Camerata
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

After demonstrating their ‘innate love and understanding of Haydn’s music in performances of the expected vivacity and insight’ (BBC Music), Bavouzet and Takacs-Nagy, the latter conducting his Manchester Camerata, now explore Mozart’s extraordinary prolific year 1784 in this new series. Two of the six concertos that year are heard here, each unusual for having been written by Mozart for another pianist and for featuring a central Andante, instead of the more common Adagio. This is a unique version that, as Bavouzet stresses in his booklet note, ‘although played unequivocally on modern instruments, contrasts with those versions made not so very long ago, which used a large orchestra incorporating sixteen violins and eight double-basses.’ He Read more adds: ‘a versions which also will take into account a number of performing practices current in Mozart’s time, such as the use of a solo quartet to accompany certain well-defined passages in which the piano is predominant. A version which in one way or another aims to link tradition and modernity.’ Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 17 in G major, K 453 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Conductor:  Gábor Takács-Nagy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manchester Camerata
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 18 in B flat major, K 456 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Conductor:  Gábor Takács-Nagy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manchester Camerata
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Divertimento for String Quartet in B flat major, K 137 (125b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Gábor Takács-Nagy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manchester Camerata
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Salzburg, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Robust, theatrical, beautiful Mozart October 28, 2016 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Back in October 2014 I praised pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and conductor Gabor Takacs-Nagy for their delicate but spicy way with Haydn piano concertos. I obviously liked what I heard, because I compared Bavouzet's playing to Bill Evans, who is my piano god. These musicians were in a really special groove then, and two years later here we are with even greater music, and that special feeling is still going strong. Both of these works from 1784 are perfect jewels. You'd think that a private, intimate feeling would be the goal for music of such beauty, but Mozart is above all social, and there's a robust and often dramatic underlying strength that can't be missed. Mozart talks often about "good taste" in music, but there's a theatrical sweep that would be lost if the musicians play too prettily. No Dresden china here! Bavouzet's bravura playing and his cheeky, jazzy cadenzas are just what's required, and Takacs-Nagy is with him every step of the way. These are exactly what I want in Mozart piano concertos. There are a couple of bonuses on the disc. Bavouzet plays, with aplomb of course, Mozart's original cadenzas from the first two movements of K. 453, which are familiar, clever and moving. I love Bavouzet's slightly twisted cadenzas, but the more traditional among you can imagine these in their place. And the piano is rolled away to allow the Manchester Camerata to take a solo turn, in the Divertimento K. 137 from 1772. This is lighter and frothier than the more mature concertos, but just as delicious. The new disc drops on October 28, 2016. I just went to the Manchester Camerata website, and I see that Bavouzet will be playing more Mozart there next spring. Here's what's on the program for the Mozart Madness concert in March 2017: Mozart Divertimento in D Major K.136 Mozart Piano Concerto No.14 in E Flat Major K.449 Mozart Divertimento in F K.138 Mozart Piano Concerto No.19 in F Major K.459 I hope at least some of these end up on a Chandos CD next year!" Report Abuse
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