The Beethoven Connection, Volume 1 – Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

June 19, 2020, 9:00 am

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In the 250th Beethoven anniversary year, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet has chosen this program of works by contemporary composers to illuminate and contextualize Beethoven’s extraordinary output for piano. In his explanatory note for the album, the pianist writes: “Just as a mountain peak is always surrounded by other perhaps less lofty but no less fascinating summits, the major works of Beethoven are not isolated rock formations rising from the desert, but, as it were, ‘Himalayas,’ forming part of a range in which other mountains might be the best pieces by contemporaries such as Clementi, Hummel, Dussek, and Wölfl. These composers all knew Beethoven well and were in contact with one another. It is essential to know and to make known their music in order better to understand and more thoroughly appreciate the lingua franca of the music of the time, which in turn is part and parcel of the ‘spirit of the age’.”