13 Songs, 1 Hour 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

What a stylish player Bertrand Chamayou is, and these two concertos—both veering from the grand to the deliciously witty—suit him perfectly. The Second, with its huge solo opening, plays to Chamayou’s strengths as a performer of power, but Saint-Saëns comes along and bursts the bubble with a central movement of sparkling humour, while the finale charges off like a greyhound. The exotic No. 5 “Egyptian” again finds the composer drawing on a vast palette, closing with a movement of jazzy flair and esprit. Emmanuel Krivine is a terrific partner and the solo études are a total joy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

What a stylish player Bertrand Chamayou is, and these two concertos—both veering from the grand to the deliciously witty—suit him perfectly. The Second, with its huge solo opening, plays to Chamayou’s strengths as a performer of power, but Saint-Saëns comes along and bursts the bubble with a central movement of sparkling humour, while the finale charges off like a greyhound. The exotic No. 5 “Egyptian” again finds the composer drawing on a vast palette, closing with a movement of jazzy flair and esprit. Emmanuel Krivine is a terrific partner and the solo études are a total joy.

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About Bertrand Chamayou

French pianist Bertrand Chamayou studied at the Conservatoire de Toulouse with Claudine Willoth, and on the recommendation of Jean-François Heisser, he entered the Paris Conservatoire at 15. He also worked independently with Maria Curcio, and participated in the Kraïnev Piano Competition and the International Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition, where he won prizes. He has performed with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and the Orquestra Sinfónica do Estado de São Paulo. In chamber music, Chamayou has appeared with Vilde Frang, Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Quatuor Ebène, Sol Gabetta, Antoine Tamestit, and several other artists. As an interpreter of Romantic piano music, Chamayou frequently plays period keyboard instruments, though he has also performed modern and contemporary works by Pierre Boulez, Henri Dutilleux, György Kurtág, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Thomas Adès. In 2015, Chamayou was named a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He has recorded for Naïve, Erato, Sony Classical, and Vogue. ~ Blair Sanderson

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