Carnival of the Animals (12) Camille Saint-Saens
14 April 2015, 15:56
The award-winning pianist talked ahead of his performance at Classic FM Live where he played Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
The French pianist was only too happy to treat us to a preview of his Classic FM Live performance backstage, where he also chatted to Jane Jones about the piece itself and his career.
Bavouzet talked about his initial headstrong attitude towards playing Rachmaninov: "When you are young, you are stupid... when I opened the score of the second piano concerto when I was probably 16 or 17... when I saw it was composed in the '30s I turned it down, I though it was not modern enough for me!"
His attitude towards Rachmaninov has softened, however, and he now refers to the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini as the 'Rachmanini'.