French pianist François-Frédéric Guy developed an interest in classical music from imitating his amateur father's playing. Guy made his debut in 1999 with the Orchestre de Paris in a performance of Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2, conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch, and since then he has worked with Bernard Haitink, Paavo Berglund, Daniel Harding, Philippe Jordan, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Edward Gardner. His repertoire extends from Classical to contemporary works, though he focused his attention on the 32 Piano Sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven, which he performed in a series of recitals at the Berlioz Festival of La Côte-Saint-André and in Rio de Janeiro, and recorded for Zig Zag Territoires. Since 2013, he has performed with Pablo González and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Fabien Gabel and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Michail Jurowski and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Philippe Jordan with the Tonhalle-Orchester in Zürich. Guy is an artist-in-residence at the Arsenal Concert Hall in Metz, France. ~ Blair Sanderson
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 16 oktober 2015 | Evidence
Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Record of the Month
This is the third instalment in François-Frédéric Guy’s traversal of Beethoven and the first to delve into the chamber music. He is well matched in intellect, musicianship and temperament by cellist Xavier Phillips as they journey from the ridiculous (the Variations on ‘See the Conqu’ring Hero Comes’, in which Guy dispatches the virtuoso piano part with complete aplomb, to delectable effect) to the sublime (the Op 102 Sonatas). The two sets of variations on themes from Mozart’s Magic Flute are a very different proposition from the ‘Conqu’ring Hero’ but just as persuasive, with the Op 66 set given a particularly sparkling reading. Competition is of course thick on the ground, not least from Isserlis and Levin (playing a tremendously characterful McNulty fortepiano), which was an obvious choice for Record of the Month in February 2014. But Phillips and Guy deserve that accolade just as richly and their utterly different sound world is equally riveting.
Klassiek - Verschenen op 21 maart 2011 | Zig-Zag Territoires
Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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