Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, François-Frédéric Guy - Transcriptions for Two Pianists (2015)
Béla Bartók, Achille-Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 200 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included | Time: 01:04:10
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10863
Three 20th-century orchestral scores, Bartók’s Two Pictures, Debussy’s Jeux and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, all dating from 1910-13 and all linked (as the detailed CD booklet explains), are brought to life in the hands of two exceptional French pianists. The central interest is the ballet Jeux. One of the world’s outstanding Debussy interpreters, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet has added to his complete Chandos recordings with his own transcription for two pianos. Written late in Debussy’s life for Nijinsky, Jeux involves an emotionally erotic and harmonically daring game of tennis. Bavouzet and his well-matched partner, François-Fréderic Guy, play with nimble grace, capturing the works wit and mystery. This gripping album is dedicated to Pierre Boulez, guru and enabler, for his 90th birthday.