HAYDN: PI­ANO CON­CER­TOS

Jean-Ef­flam Bavouzet (pi­ano), Manch­ester Cam­er­ata/Gá­bor Takács-Nagy Chan­dos CHAN 10808 ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - MICHAEL DER­VAN

Though Haydn was one of the great­est masters of good cheer in mu­sic, th­ese three key­board con­cer­tos (Nos 3, 4, and 11) strad­dle the tran­si­tion from the harp­si­chord to the pi­ano and of­ten sound prob­lem­atic, even prat­tling, on mod­ern con­cert grands. French pi­anist Jean-Ef­flam Bavouzet ap­proaches the mu­sic with light fin­gers, crisp ar­tic­u­la­tion, an airy ap­proach to phras­ing, and a readi­ness to em­bel­lish melodic lines. Any­one who’s been to one of the Ir­ish Cham­ber Orches­tra’s Haydn per­for­mances un­der prin­ci­pal con­duc­tor Gá­bor Takács-Nagy will know what to ex­pect from him here with the Manch­ester Cam­er­ata, which takes great de­light in the com­poser’s bright and breezy man­ner. Bavouzet pro­vides his own ca­den­zas, which may not be to all tastes. url.ie/f1f2

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