Stravinsky: Works For Piano & Orchestra / Bavouzet
Catalog: CHSA 5147
Format: SACD / CD Hybrid
Bavouzet; Sao Paulo Symphony; Tortelier
Composed by: Stravinsky, Igor
After having won the Gramophone Award in 2014 for his recording of Prokofiev’s five piano concertos, exclusive Chandos artist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet here explores the complete works for piano and orchestra of Igor Stravinsky. Once again he partners with conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier, winners of the 2011 Gramophone Award – Concerto category, for their last Chandos release together. It starts with the crisp rhythms, polyphony and classical form of the expressive, weighty Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra. The Capriccio is a piece that Stravinsky composed as a repertoire alternative to his concerto; he performed it more than forty times in the first four years after its creation. The anti-tonal, twelve-tone idiom of Movements represents Stravinsky’s experiments in the use of serial techniques. Pétrouchka is a work for piano and orchestra as well, except that the piano here is not a solo instrument but rather part of the orchestral fabric. Mr. Bavouzet himself described blending in with the fortissimos of the orchestra as ‘one of the best musical experiences of my life’.