Friday, January 11, 2013

Inon Barnatan: Darknesse Visible

"[T]he pianist Inon Barnatan’s most recent album, 'Darknesse Visible,' is intelligent and moving. ... Mr. Barnatan’s recital on Thursday evening brought the 'Darknesse Visible' program to thrilling life. Mr. Barnatan can do almost anything with tone. He moved in an instant from plush to pearly, giving subtly different colors to the iterations of a repeated note in the 'Peter Grimes' Fantasy, Ronald Stevenson’s eerie arrangement of themes from Benjamin Britten’s opera. ... When he played Chopin at Alice Tully Hall in November, his rubato sometimes felt artificial. ... But that slight exaggeration was invaluable in Mr. Adès’s work, a drastic elongation of the Dowland song 'In Darkness Let Me Dwell.' Mr. Barnatan brought immense anxiety to the quivering that underlies the piece’s glacial calm" (Zachary Woolfe, "Inon Barnatan at 92nd Street Y," New York Times, 12/9/12).

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