"This is simply one of the finest records of French piano in the catalogue."
The Pengiun Guide – 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12
Winner of the Concerto Section of the Gramophone Awards 2011
"...Wonderful playing and excellent orchestral accompaniments."
theartsdesk.com - 20 November 2010
“…Bavouzet is at his eloquent best in the slower movements.” Bavouzet plays all the music exquisitely. Never lacking power , his pianism is also elegant and feather light. The orchestra handles the concerti superbly and Tortelier conducts with style and authority.”
Limelight - February 2011
“…Debussy’s little known Fantaisie for piano and orchestra is well worth hearing in Bavouzet’s thoughtful, idiomatic reading, and he uncovers a handful of piano solos by Massenet, the pick of which is an engaging Toccata. But the CD’s raison d’etre is the Ravel. Bavouzet’s G major concerto is the best since Michelangeli’s 50 years ago: it has style, verve, poetry and balance…” ****
The Financial Times - 15-16 January 2011
“…It’s exceptional to have a soloist and conductor so in tune with each other in both Ravel concertos. This is a great partnership, a stunning disc and an early contender for those end-of-year awards.” *****
Classic FM Magazine - Janurary 2011
Performance ***** Recording ****
“…This is a disc of pure pleasure…”
BBC Music Magazine - January 2011
“An all-too rare outing for Debussy’s luxuriant Fantasie makes this a must.” “…The combination of all three works on a single CD creates a satisfying programme, especially when played with such finesse and limpid colouring as by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, with Yan Pascal Tortelier and the BBC SO matching hime in taste and eloquence.”
Gramophone - December 2010
“The ebullient French pianist Bavouzet scales the heights in this splendid and generous CD with the BBC Symphony Orchestra …” *****
The Times - 13 November 2010
It was my first HiRes Audio download and I'm surprised with the simple process and with the quality of the sound. I'm playing it using my recent Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 and I am delighted with the wonderful performance and sound quality. By now it was a 5 star purchase.
Its everything the critics promised! A splendid performance and a well engineered disc. I wasn't so keen on the Debussy, so I was going to give it 4 stars, but the rest is worth six!