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In the fourth issue of his ongoing Mozart concertos cycle, ideally partnered by Gábor Takács-Nagy, Bavouzet once again gives performances of a sheen and brilliance know to only the finest Mozart pianists. Impeccable in technique and musicianship (an indivisible union) his delectably light-fingered dexterity never descends into the faceless virtuosity that too often does duty for true musical quality. And if in the central downpour at the heart of the D minor concerto’s Romanze Bavouzet does not wear drama on his sleeve, everything tells and makes impact. Intriguingly he chooses cadenzas by the maverick pianist Friedrich Gulda in K467, a tribute to what he rightly calls ‘a unique musician.’ The overture to Don Giovanni comes between the two contrasting concertos and, as the sleeve note tells us, mirrors something of their substance and keys (the overture was completed two years after the concertos).

Bavouzet has recorded an immense discography in a few years (the complete Beethoven sonatas, complete cycles of Debussy and Ravel and, most enterprisingly, Pierné, to mention a few). Yet his if his vitality seems limitless he is also adept at conveying ‘smiles through tears’ at the close of the D minor concerto and a ‘soaring into the skies’ (his own words) at the end of K467.

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