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Mozart Pi­ano Con­cer­tos Vol 2 Jean-Ef­flam Bavouzet (pi­ano), Manch­ester Cam­er­ata/Takác­sNagy (CHANDOS)

Jean-Ef­flam Bavouzet’s ex­hil­a­rat­ing jour­ney through the Mozart pi­ano con­cer­tos con­tin­ues with two richly re­ward­ing works from the fer­tile year 1784. Both show baroque in­flu­ences, with quasifu­gal ef­fects in the two mag­nif­i­cent fi­nales, and Bavouzet’s sprightly and in­ci­sive play­ing brings out all the de­tail. Mozart wrote the ca­den­zas (so there are none of the player’s own that proved so ec­cen­tric in vol­ume 1); the well-bal­anced Manch­ester Cam­er­ata is crisp and poised. One real dis­cov­ery comes in the cen­tral Al­le­gretto of K459, whose ris­ing scales are fleet and flow­ing: at last we re­alise that this is not a slow move­ment. Ni­cholas Kenyon

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