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Very much NSFW: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet/Quatuor Danel at Wigmore Hall reviewed

30 October 2021

9:00 AM

30 October 2021

9:00 AM

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet/Quatuor Danel/Leon Bosch

Wigmore Hall

The Gondoliers

Theatre Royal Glasgow, touring until 2 April 2022

‘Drammatico’, wrote César Franck over the opening of his Piano Quintet, and you’d better believe he meant it. The score bulges with clues: piu dolce; espressivo sempre; eventually (and steamiest of all if you’re even slightly attuned to the absinthe-dazed atmosphere of French Wagnerism) tenero ma con passione — ‘tenderly, but with passion’.

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