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Pianist Inon Barnatan has rapidly gained international recognition for engaging and communicative performances that pair insightful interpretation with impeccable technique. Described by London’s Evening Standard as “a true poet of the keyboard”, Mr. Barnatan performs a diverse range of repertoire, encompassing both classical and contemporary composers, with the variety of ... Read more in Amazon's Inon Barnatan Store

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  • Conductor: Inon Barnatan
  • Composer: Ravel, Ades, Debussy, Stevenson/Britten
  • Audio CD (April 10, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Avie Records
  • ASIN: B0074XY8VS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.


Each of the pieces on Darknesse Visible, a new recording by the brilliant pianist Inon Barnatan, was inspired by a literary work. The thoughtful program is typical for this insightful musician. But Mr. Barnatan's extraordinary playing is what makes the release so rewarding.

The three pieces of Ravel s Gaspard de la Nuit (which roughly translates as Treasurer of the Night ) take their titles from poems by Aloysius Bertrand. In this pathbreaking 1908 score Ravel explored new dimensions of sound and technique on the piano. There are fiendishly difficult challenges, especially in the concluding Scarbo, about a gnome who stalks the sleep of the narrator.

Many fine pianists have performed Gaspard dazzlingly, as does Mr. Barnatan. But I have rarely heard the piece played with such rhythmic and textural clarity. Mr. Barnatan's slightly cool approach makes the music even more demonic. The pianist has collaborated with the artist Tristan Cook on videos of Gaspard that have found an audience on YouTube, including an especially engrossing Scarbo.

Mr. Barnatan, who was born in Israel in 1979, had extensive training in London and now lives in a converted warehouse in Harlem, is also impressive in another Ravel tour de force, La Valse. This eerie evocation of a waltz begins amid misty colors and evolves into something maniacal. Mr. Barnatan brings tenderness, lush colors and crisp Neo-Classical touches to Debussy's Suite Bergamasque. An intriguing novelty is the English composer Ronald Stevenson s episodic and inventive 1971 fantasy on music from Britten s opera Peter Grimes.

Thomas Adès's Darknesse Visible, the composer s deconstruction of a song by John Dowland, has become a calling card in Mr. Barnatan's recitals. Without changing a note, Mr. Adès reduces the song to slow motion, prolongs and repeats pitches, puts harmonies through displacements of register and reveals the musical ghost within. Mr. Barnatan s playing is both delicate and haunting. ANTHONY TOMMASINI --New York Times

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Pollock on June 14, 2012
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Darknesse Visible is an impressionistic, carefully chosen program, with both well known pieces and rareties. I preferred the Debussy and Ravel to the Ades and Britten. But Barnatan plays with rare delicacy and refinement. He is almost self-effacing. There is no showmanship here; the composers are the stars, and their works are the focus. I'm only worried that a pianist of Inon Barnatan's character may be directed toward chamber music instead of a solo career because he puts the music first, rather than display himself. I look forward to hearing his first CD, Schubert impromptus and the last Schubert sonata D960, to see whether he has the strength to make an impression in much recorded repertoire. It will be interesting to compare that CD to the many recordings I have of these Schubert masterpieces. Barnatan is a talent of great character and sensitivity. Every note is carefully wrought, and may I add that his liner notes are finely written. I recommend this CD for listeners who want to hear both new repertoire and the famous Ravel pieces and Debussy played beautifully.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Philip L. McClure on July 17, 2012
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All of the musical virtues are displayed here -- beautiful recorded sound and impeccable technique in the service of highly individual interpretations. I was privileged to hear him perform Gaspard de la Nuit live recently, and it's just as subtle and yet darkly threatening on this recording. I thought at the time that this is the way it would sound if Ivan Moravec had ever performed it, and that was doubly confirmed by the Clair de Lune in Suite Bergamasque; I have not heard this kind of crystalline purity since Moravec recorded it. I recommend the entire recital highly! This is not a routine 5-star rating -- it's the real thing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 6, 2012
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There are many exceptionally fine pianists before the public today and every lover of piano music has probably at least a half dozen favorites. Then along comes Inon Barnatan who presents as not only a brilliant technician but also an artist who carefully approaches concerts with an overall scheme that unites all of music in one way or another. Bartanan is young (born in Israel in1979, trained in London and now lives in Harlem) but his complete involvement in the range of music he performs is staggering. This CD is a fine tribute to both his gifts as one of today's great pianists as well as his approach to the vast repertoire of works for piano.

He opens this performance with Maurice Ravel's `Gaspard de la Nuit', a work based on the poetry of Aloysius Bertrand. And though this score is very well known to all concertgoers it remains one of the major technical challenges of the piano repertoire. Barnatan succeeds in bringing clarity of phrasing and delicacy of approach to each of the sections while at the same time creating more drama than most other pianists and this gives the work a more demonic flavor - quite appropriate, quite refreshing.

The second work is Thomas Adès' `Darknesse Visible,' an apparent deconstruction of a song by John Dowland, and Barnatan responds to every note with a ghastly overtone completely fitting the score. From here Barnatan moves to the epitome of French Impressionism - Claude Debussy's `Suite Bergamasque' and even in the `every student plays this' movement `Clair de Lune' the pianist allows the notes to simply float by without superimposing his own `interpretation': this is Debussy as Debussy wrote it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte M. Honda on April 30, 2013
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Inon's music is a joy to my ears and soul. He plays with a passion that makes his music very "visible." I look forward to more of his music made available for purchase.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mollysydney on January 4, 2014
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But I didn't enjoy listening to it. Donated it to the Friends of the Library and hopes it gets a more appreciative listener.
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