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Chamayou takes on Charles Ives' monumental 'Concord' Sonata

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Bertrand Chamayou has added the formidable Sonata No.2 ‘Concord’ by American iconoclast Charles Ives to his repertoire: one of the most notoriously difficult piano works of the twentieth century – not only for its technical demands but also its complex philosophical and literary musings. He performed the sprawling, 50-minute tour-de-force at the Printemps des Arts festival in Monte-Carlo over the …

Debussy Chamber Music album wins BBC Music Magazine Award

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In London today, Bertrand Chamayou accepted the prize for Best Chamber Music Album in the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Awards, for his Debussy Sonatas and Trio album. He received the award on behalf of fellow French musicians Renaud Capuçon (violin), Edgar Moreau (cello), Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Gérard Caussé (viola) and Marie-Pierre Langlamet (harp). Chamayou explained the special connection between the …

The Guardian declares Chamayou a 'formidable Lisztian'

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Last night’s milestone solo recital at London’s Wigmore Hall saw Bertrand Chamayou’s highly-anticipated return to Liszt’s twelve Transcendental Etudes for the first time in over a decade since he recorded them in 2005. In this ambitious and demanding all-Liszt programme, Chamayou opened with the composer’s transcriptions of Chopin, Schumann and Wagner before tackling the entire Etudes cycle in the second …

'In the footsteps of Debussy' documentary: watch now

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The final episode in Warner Classics’ the three-part documentary series In the footsteps of Debussy is out now, presented in partnership with Gramophone magazine for this month’s Debussy issue. The short film features interviews with Bertrand Chamayou on his contribution to the 33CD box set Claude Debussy: The Complete Works. Commemorating the centenary of the pioneering French composer’s death on 25 March 1918, the Warner …

Debussy Sonates & Trio nominated for BBC Music Magazine Award

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The shortlists for the 13th annual BBC Music Magazine Awards, the only classical music awards in which the main categories are voted for by the public, have been announced. A jury of expert critics selected this year’s 21 nominees across seven categories from over 200 longlisted recordings reviewed in 2017 by BBC Music Magazine, the world’s best-selling classical music monthly. The public …

Bertrand Chamayou on the cover of 'International Piano' magazine

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Bertrand Chamayou is the cover star for the January 2018 edition of International Piano magazine, out now. The in-depth interview delves into the mystery and spirituality of the music of Liszt, Debussy and Ravel. ‘Bertrand Chamayou doesn’t just perform music of the great Late Romantic and French Impressionist composers – he seems to channel their very spirit as he plays. Robert Turnbull met …

Debussy in The Guardian's Top 10 Classical Albums list

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The Guardian has bid farewell to 2017 and welcomed in the Debussy centenary, with its list of the Top 10 Classical Albums of the year including the Debussy Chamber Music album, released in October to international critical acclaim (and whispers of a ‘classical super-group’). ‘Erato’s French-sourced Debussy collection, with a starry  lineup that includes violinist Renaud Capuçon, flautist Emmanuel Pahud …

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Bertrand Chamayou embarks on a tour of the Americas

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Bertrand Chamayou begins this tour as soloist on the Orchestre Capitole de Toulouse’s tour through South America. Continuing to North America, Bertrand will make his debut with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, followed by concerts with Québec Symphony and in Detroit.