Pianist and conductor diverge, clash during their BSO debuts

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Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Photo by Paul Mitchell)

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Johannes Debus, Conductor
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Pianist

Rossini, Overture to The Barber of Seville
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 19
Brahms, Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

It was a tale of two debuts. On Saturday night, French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and German conductor Johannes Debus made their first appearances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore. The program of Rossini, Beethoven and Brahms in itself was nothing remarkable. But the standard-repertory evening offered a canvas for a sometimes uneasy and often fascinating clash of artistic temperaments from the debutants.

Read the full review here (Washington Post, January 22, 2017).

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