Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy

Transcriptions for Two Pianists

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AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

Before the widespread availability of phonograph recordings, composers frequently promoted their orchestral music through transcriptions for piano, in many cases for two pianos if the music's complexity demanded it. Igor Stravinsky once played his transcription of his ballet Le Sacre du printemps with Claude Debussy, who described it as "a beautiful nightmare," and apart from a handful of controversial orchestral performances, it was heard most often in the keyboard reduction until after WWI. Since Le Sacre's centennial anniversary in 2013, the two-piano transcription has become quite popular again, and it is a favorite showpiece among virtuosos who enjoy its challenges and its flashiness, so it's no surprise that Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and François-Frédéric Guy have chosen it as the main work of this 2015 Chandos release. The other selections, Béla Bartók's Two Pictures, transcribed for two pianos by Zoltán Kocsis, and Debussy's Jeux, transcribed by Bavouzet, don't have the historical significance of Stravinsky's transcription, but their place on this program is justified by the importance of the composers, and the fact that these works were also first heard in 1913. This album is strongly recommended to fans of music for two pianos, though most other listeners will prefer the full versions for orchestra.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Two Pictures, for orchestra
1 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 07:03 Amazon
2 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 07:59 Amazon
Jeux, poème dansé
3 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 02:11 Amazon
4 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 01:03 Amazon
5 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 01:09 Amazon
6 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 01:16 Amazon
7 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 02:07 Amazon
8 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 02:05 Amazon
9 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 01:34 Amazon
10 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 01:31 Amazon
11 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 02:51 Amazon
12 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 00:56 Amazon
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet for orchestra
13 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 03:13 Amazon
14 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 03:08 Amazon
15 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 01:14 Amazon
16 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 03:23 Amazon
17 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 01:40 Amazon
18 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 00:42 Amazon
19 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 00:24 Amazon
20 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 01:14 Amazon
21 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 04:15 Amazon
22 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 02:50 Amazon
23 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 01:26 Amazon
24 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 00:40 Amazon
25 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 03:39 Amazon
26 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy 04:26 Amazon
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