Jean-Efflam Bavouzet adds witty ornamentation, throws in out-of-period cadenzas, and plays with irresistible exuberance.
After his successes with Haydn’s piano sonatas the ever-inquisitive Jean-Efflam Bavouzet moves on to the three best-known of Haydn’s keyboard concertos.
His partners are the Manchester Camerata and Hungarian conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy. In trying to describe the concertos’ infectious good humour, soloist and conductor coined a new Hungarian verb “haydnezni” (literally “to haydnise”) and that joyful spirit beams out of these performances.
Bavouzet adds witty ornamentation, throws in some wickedly out-of-period cadenzas (possibly not to all tastes), and generally plays with irresistible exuberance. It is a disc that is hard to play without breaking into a smile.