Monday, 29 December 2014

Thought-provoking, violent and percussive: Bavouzet's Bartók, Ravel and Beethoven

© Benjamin Ealovega
Jean Efflam-Bavouzet played Beethoven's Piano Sonatas No. 22 in F major, Op. 54 and No. 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata', Op. 57, followed by Le Livre de Jeb by Bruno Mantovani.  In the second half of his recital, he played Ravel's Miroirs, and the Piano Sontata Sz80 by Bartók.  For an encore, he played the Étude de Concert, Op. 13, by Gabriel Pierné.

Wigmore Hall, London, Tuesday 16 December 2014.

'Tonight’s recital demonstrated ... his commanding presence as a performer, as well as a highly intelligent approach to programming, creating thought-provoking connections between composers and their compositions'.

'One of those performances that leaves you slightly shell-shocked and not sure what just happened – but in a good way!'

Read my full review here.

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