French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet was playing Haydn and Debussy at the Auditorium du Louvre.
Bavouzet was trained by no less than Pierre Sancan, Paul Badura-Skoda, Nikita Magaloff and György Sándor, and worked with Pierre Boulez, Valeri Gergiev, Neeme Järvi, Ingo Metzmacher and Andris Nelsons, among others. One of Bavouzet first major concerts in Paris was planned with the great Georg Solti, to play Bartók, but the old maestro died shortly before.
Though Bavouzet has a large repertoire – which includes contemporary music – he is particularly noted in Ravel, Debussy and Haydn.
So it was no surprise to find the latter two included in the program.
The first part included 2 wonderful Sonatas by the Austrian master, #59 Hob. XVI.49 and #31 XVI.46. Both were superbly played by Bavouzet, who cherishes and totally understands Haydn’s music.
The second part was dedicated to Debussy’s “Préludes Book II”, culminating with an extraordinary “Feux d’Artifice”.
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet kindly gave 2 encores, Debussy “L’Isle Joyeuse” and the “Arabesque #1”.
A great evening!