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AV 2256

Darknesse Visible

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2012

Originally recorded in 2010

Artists:

Inon Barnatan

piano

Venue:

Performing Arts Center, SUNY-Purchase, Purchase, New York, US

8-10 Feb 2010

Producer:

Adam Abeshouse



Engineer:

Adam Abeshouse



Record Label
Avie Records

Genre:

Piano




Total Time - 68:29
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MAURICE RAVEL

 

Gaspard de la nuit

 
1 I Ondine 7:00
2 II Le Gibet 6:42
3 III Scarbo 9:32
   
 

THOMAS ADES

4 

Darknesse Visible

7:42
   
 

CLAUDE DEBUSSY

 

Suite bergamasque

 
5 I Prelude 4:05
6 II Minuet 4:00
7 III Clair de lune 5:05
8 IV Passepied 3:22
   
 

RONALD STEVENSON

9 

Fantasy on Peter Grimes

8:59
   
 

MAURICE RAVEL

10 

La Valse

12:02
   

Darknesse Visible: piano music by Ravel, Adès, Debussy, Britten et al. – Inon Barnatan

The brilliant Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan debuts on Avie with Darknesse Visible, an album of colourful and atmospheric masterpieces by the French composers Ravel and Debussy, and the Englishmen Thomas Adès and Ronald Stevenson. The title derives from Adès’s Darknesse Visible – a wondrous and dreamlike prism on John Dowland’s song In Darkness Let Me Dwell. Barnatan chose works that are linked by different characteristics of darkness, and all inspired by literature. Ravel’s inspiration for Gaspard de la nuit was the gothic, haunting quality of Aloysius Bertrand’s poetry, while La Valse builds in intensity and works itself into a satanic frenzy. At the heart of Debussy’s Suite bergamasque is the enchanting ‘Clair de lune’, whose masked figures of the Verlaine poem of the same name dance in the moonlight. Ronald Stevenson’s compelling fantasy on themes from Peter Grimes brings out the dark side of human nature, as explored by Britten in his celebrated opera.



 "... Avie’s recorded piano sound is state of the art, so the wonderful performances are matched by recorded quality. Barnatan is moving into the world-class arena with this kind of playing, and one hopes that his career will continue to grow..."

James Harrington - American Record Guide - November/December 2012

 


              Interpretation *****      Sound ******     Repertoire *****

Robert Nemecek - Piano News magazine (Germany) - November/December 2012
 


                  Editor’s Choice

"... Though he’s no longer one of the youngest pianists (he was born in 1979), Inon Barnatan is one of the finest musicians. His new CD shows piano playing of the highest order. You don’t notice his fingerwork, you simply immerse yourself in the sound he produces from the brilliantly recorded Steinway, and you know there are no technical limits to what he can do..."     *****

Marius Dawn - Pianist magazine - October/November 2012



"... “La Valse”. At this point I had to conclude that Barnatan was not just a good, or even excellent, pianist. Anyone who can give a performance of “La Valse” like this one is, at least potentially, a great pianist. So go and get it. Even if you buy the disc just for this, it’s a performance without price."
 
Christopher Howell - Musicweb-international.com - 4 July 2012


"This is  an account of Gaspard to live with as as for its technical assurnce as for the unsettling atmosphere of unease and malevolence with which Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan infuses all three movements ... Beautifully voiced piano, very well recorded."

Jeremy Nicholas - Gramophone magazine - June 2012


                BBC Instrumental Choice

        Performance *****        Recording ****

"...Barnatan turns the piano into an utterly fantastical instrument..."

Christopher Dingle - BBC Music magazine - Awards Issue 2012




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