Inon Barnatan: Darknesse Visible
Inon Barnatan, piano
Ravel Gaspard de la nuit
The brilliant Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan debuts on Avie with Darknesse Visible, an album of colourful and atmospheric masterpieces by French composers Ravel and Debussy, and Englishmen Thomas Adès and Ronald Stevenson. Inspired by the title track, Adès' Darknesse Visible - a wondrous and dreamlike prism on the 17th-century John Dowland lute song In Darkness Let Me Dwell - Inon chose works that are linked by different characteristics of darkness in the music. 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 in Britten's celebrated opera.