Jean-Efflam Bavouzet – Financial Times 5 Star Review

Posted on September 8, 2014

Our Haydn Piano Concertos recording with inspirational pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet has been awarded a 5 Star Review by the Financial Times.

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Haydn: Piano Concertos – review

By Richard Fairman, Financial Times

Jean Efflam-Bavouzet Haydn Piano ConcertosJean-Efflam Bavouzet adds witty ornamentation, throws in out-of-period cadenzas, and plays with irresistible exuberance.

After his successes with Haydn’s piano sonatas the ever-inquisitive Jean-Efflam Bavouzet moves on to the three best-known of Haydn’s keyboard concertos.

His partners are the Manchester Camerata and Hungarian conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy. In trying to describe the concertos’ infectious good humour, soloist and conductor coined a new Hungarian verb “haydnezni” (literally “to haydnise”) and that joyful spirit beams out of these performances.

Bavouzet adds witty ornamentation, throws in some wickedly out-of-period cadenzas (possibly not to all tastes), and generally plays with irresistible exuberance. It is a disc that is hard to play without breaking into a smile.

Piano Concertos
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

On top of a shining review, the CD has also hit No. 19 in the specialist Classical charts.