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Composer: Mantovani, Bruno (b. 1974)

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Year of birth1974
NationalityFrance
PeriodContemporary
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Mantovani's Love Songs illuminate Nezet-Seguin's Bruckner's Eight

© Juliette Hurel
With exceptional nuance, lead flautist Juliette Hurel demonstrated her Olympian skills in Bruno Mantovani's technically exhausting, often violent work. With the flute in mind, Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s wildly upbeat Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony in C-minor ‘Titan’ made for new discoveries in Bruckner.
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Thought-provoking, violent and percussive

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet © Benjamin Ealovega
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet gave his thought-provoking, violent and percussive take on Bartók, Ravel and Beethoven - intelligent and uncompromising performance at its best. 
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From Les Adieux to Miroirs: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s musical portrait

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet © Paul Mitchell
 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet impresses in Gallic repertoire, but his Beethoven took longer to win our reviewer around. 
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NYC Biennial - Boulez

Pablo Heras-Casado © Felix Broede
The four pieces – all U.S. premières – created a portrait of Boulez minus Boulez, reminding me of a middle school art exercise in which we were asked to draw an egg without any white crayons.
****1
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Mozart and Mantovani Quintets from the Ebène Quartet

Ebène Quartet  ©  Julien Mignot
There are few works in the classical repertoire as expansive as Mozart’s Quintet in C major, K515 – the opening Allegro is actually longer than any movement of its kind before Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony whilst its spacious character seems to prefigure Schubert.
****1
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