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Darkness Visible / piano works by Ravel, Ades, Britten/Stevenson, Debussy / Inon Barnatan, piano

Audio Samples

>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
>Adès, Thomas : Darknesse Visible
>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque
>Stevenson, Ronald : Peter Grimes Fantasy for piano
>Ravel, Maurice : La valse

Album Summary

>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
>Adès, Thomas : Darknesse Visible
>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque
>Stevenson, Ronald : Peter Grimes Fantasy for piano
>Ravel, Maurice : La valse
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Brilliant Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan debuts on Avie with Darknesse Visible, an album of colorful and atmospheric masterpieces by French composers Ravel and Debussy, and Englishmen Thomas Adés and Ronald Stevenson. Inspired by the title track, Adés' Darknesse Visible - a wondrous and dreamlike prism on the John Dowland song "In Darkness Let Me Dwell" - Inon chose works that are linked by different characteristics of darkness in the music.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
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. I feel that, among pianists in their 30s, he can already be counted as one in the top echelon. I hope that his third CD arrives for review in less than the five years between his first and second solo discs.

MusicWeb International, July 2012
While some pianists go for bell-like clarity in the opening figuration of Ravel's "Ondine", Barnatan's performance is dominated by a glistening, liquid loveliness...Barnatan's wide range of colouring is wholly beneficial to the piece by AdFs... 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.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2012
Darkness and light, poems and stories. Pianist Inon Barnatan is fascinated by these aspects of this exceptionally effective programme...Barnatan's sustaining of the disrupted stillness in Ades's piece typifies his ability to hold the attention...And it's in Ronald Stevenson's Fantasy on Peter Grimes that this recital becomes revelatory...the magical string-plucking in its moonlight music provides a spine-tingling highlight in a wonderful recital.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2012
This is an account of Gaspard to live with as much for its technical assurance as for the unsettling atmosphere of unease and malevolence...Barnatan pulls out all the stops for La valse, with the final pages' headlong rush into oblivion excitingly captured. Beautifully voiced piano, very well recorded.

Sunday Times, 6th May 2012
A singularly intelligent programme, focusing on the intertwining of dark and light...[Ades's] piece is sandwiched between Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit, where Barnatan's dazzling fingerwork is accompanied by a certain freshness in his approach to this great music, and an appositely clean account of Debussy's Suite bergamasque.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Performing Arts Center at SUNY, Purchase, NY (02/08/2010-02/10/2010).



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Works Details

>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
  • Performer: Inon Barnatan (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center at SUNY, Purchase, NY (02/08/2010-02/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908

>Thomas Adès (Conductor/Composer) (1971 - ) : Darknesse Visible
  • Performer: Inon Barnatan (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center at SUNY, Purchase, NY (02/08/2010-02/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque
  • Performer: Inon Barnatan (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center at SUNY, Purchase, NY (02/08/2010-02/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Stevenson, Ronald : Peter Grimes Fantasy for piano
  • Performer: Inon Barnatan (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center at SUNY, Purchase, NY (02/08/2010-02/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971-1972

>Ravel, Maurice : La valse
  • Performer: Inon Barnatan (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center at SUNY, Purchase, NY (02/08/2010-02/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919-1920