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Pi­ano Con­cer­tos Nos 15 and 16; Quin­tet for Pi­ano and Winds

Jean-ef­flam Bavouzet (pi­ano); Manch­ester Cam­er­ata/ Gá­bor Takács-nagy

Chan­dos CHAN 20035 71:03 mins

1784 proved to be a vin­tage year for Mozart, prompt­ing a steady stream of mas­ter­pieces, three of which are fea­tured in this en­thralling re­lease. First, we have the ex­u­ber­ant Con­certo in D ma­jor, K451. The open­ing tutti of the first move­ment sets the scene for the rest of the per­for­mance, the Manch­ester Cam­er­ata un­der Gá­bor Takács-nagy de­liv­er­ing blis­ter­ingly en­er­getic ar­tic­u­la­tion in the pow­er­ful full or­ches­tral pas­sages, as well as en­sur­ing that there is a vi­brant sense of di­a­logue be­tween strings and wind in the gen­tler se­cond idea. These con­trasts in mood, cou­pled with the abil­ity to en­gage in con­sis­tently stim­u­lat­ing cre­ative in­ter­ac­tion with con­duc­tor and orches­tra, mark out Jean-ef­flam Bavouzet’s bril­liant ac­count of the solo part. Nowhere is this more ef­fec­tively re­alised than in the Fi­nale where both Bavouzet and Takács-nagy rel­ish

Mozart’s wicked touches of hu­mour, par­tic­u­larly where the open­ing ma­te­rial is trans­formed into some­thing al­most akin to a Vi­en­nese waltz. For me, how­ever, the high­light in this per­for­mance comes in the cen­tral An­dante where soloist, con­duc­tor and orches­tra con­jure up a mag­i­cal sound­world, re­in­forc­ing ad­mi­ra­tion for the in­ge­nu­ity with which Mozart dec­o­rates the sim­ple open­ing theme.

It’s a bonus to sup­ple­ment these two Con­cer­tos with the Quin­tet for Pi­ano and Wind, K452 which the com­poser jus­ti­fi­ably re­garded as one of his great­est ac­com­plish­ments. Once again, Bavouzet, work­ing in a stim­u­lat­ing part­ner­ship with the orches­tra prin­ci­pals, pro­duces an el­e­gant ac­count that more than holds its own with many of the for­mi­da­ble record­ings in the cur­rent cat­a­logue. PER­FOR­MANCE ★★★★★ RECORD­ING ★★★★★

Hear ex­tracts from this record­ing and the rest of this month’s choices on the BBC Mu­sic Mag­a­zine web­site at www.clas­si­cal-mu­

Soloist, con­duc­tor and orches­tra con­jure a mag­i­cal sound­world

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