Stravinsky: Works for piano and orchestra

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Stravinsky: Works for piano and orchestra



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5th Jan 2015




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Stravinsky: Works for piano and orchestra


Concerto for Piano & Wind Instruments

Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra

Movements for Piano & Orchestra



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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 another Russian composer of the twentieth century: Igor Stravinsky.

Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the left hand, and Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra make good company. First, Bavouzet considers them ‘the greatest concertos of the twentieth century.

Furthermore, he has recorded all of them with Chandos. Last, but not least, his recordings of both Bartók’s (CHAN10610) and Ravel’s (CHSA5084) were shortlisted for Gramophone Awards in 2011 (‘Concerto’ category). The winner? The latter, which marked the first collaboration between Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Yan Pascal Tortelier, one that is resumed on the present album.

It starts with the crisp games with rhythms, polyphony, and classical form of the expressive, weighty Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra. Then 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 antitonal, 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. Moreover, Bavouzet himself has described blending in with the fortissimos of the orchestra as ‘one of the best musical experiences of my life’.

Igor Stravinsky: Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments (1950 version)

I. Largo - Allegro

II. Largo

III. Allegro

Igor Stravinsky: Capriccio (1949 version)

I. Presto

II. Andante rapsodico

III. Allegro capriccioso ma tempo guisto

Igor Stravinsky: Movements

I. eighth note = 110

II. quarter note = 52

III. eighth note = 72

IV. eighth note = 80

V. eighth note = 104

Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka

Tableau I: The Shrovetide Fair

Tableau I: The Magic Trick

Tableau I: Russian Dance

Tableau II: Petrushka's Room

Tableau III: The Moor's Room

Tableau III: Waltz

Tableau IV: The Shrove-Tide Fair and the Death of Petrushka

Tableau IV: Wet Nurses' Dance

Tableau IV: Peasant and Bear

Tableau IV: Dance of the Gipsy Girls

Tableau IV: Dance of the Coachmen and Ostlers

Tableau IV: The Masqueraders

Tableau IV: The Scuffle (Blackamoor and Petrushka)

Tableau IV: Death of Petrushka

Tableau IV: Police and the Juggler

Tableau IV: Apparition of Petrushka's Double

The Times

9th January 2015


“There’s a bright shriek from the brass, and athletic clatter from the piano: Stravinsky’s 1924 concerto for piano and wind instruments is off and away. So is this scintillating new album from Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, the French pianist who always leaves the listener refreshed.”

The Telegraph

18th January 2015

“This exciting Stravinsky sequence juxtaposes two haunting neoclassical masterpieces with his stylistically far-removed late serial Movements...the fast movements sizzle.”

The Observer

18th January 2015


“Bavouzet, who won a 2014 Gramophone award for his Prokofiev concertos, brings energy and precision to this repertoire, whether in the serialism of Movements or the majestic, extrovert flair of Pétrouchka. It’s hard to imagine better.”

Financial Times

24th January 2015

“Bavouzet is sprightly and concentrated in ‘Concerto’ and ‘Movements’, giving them a rhythmic lift.”

Classical Music


“Best of all is the late 'Movements', which has never sounded less dry and more enticing. Superb recorded sound.”

BBC Music Magazine

March 2015


“[Bavouzet] captures the spirit of these disparate works...The São Paulo Symphony Orchestra under Yan Pascal Tortelier proves a remarkably deft partner, matching so that the numerous accents, twists and turns of the music occur as if the orchestra were an extension of Bavouzet's piano...there is much to admire and these pieces work well together.”

MusicWeb International

April 2015

“An irresistible package.”

International Record Review

March 2015

“From the moment [Jean-Efflam Bavouzet] bolts into the Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments, you sense that his new recording of Stravinsky's three works for piano and orchestra is going to be a major addition to his discography. These are up-tempo performances, notable for their rapier accents, blazing colours [and] tightly sprung rhythms…the Sao Paulo orchestra, under Yan Pascal Tortelier responds dazzlingly.”

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