Bach, Bartok, Boulez - Works for Solo Violin | Accentus ACC30405

Bach, Bartok, Boulez - Works for Solo Violin


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Label: Accentus

Cat No: ACC30405

Barcode: 4260234831290

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 13th January 2017



Michael Barenboim’s first solo CD, conceived like a solo recital, comprises the works of three composers that have had a profound impact on his musical upbringing. At first glance, these works could not appear more different, but together they create an unexpected yet all the more exceptional listening experience.

J.S. Bach’s Sonata for solo violin No.3 demands the most artistic and finest technical skills of a violinist, yet its ever present melody and musical simplicity create an unmatched beauty. Béla Bartók’s Sonata Sz.117 was clearly inspired by Bach’s works for solo violin. Bartók demands just as much if not more of the violinist and carried Bach’s ideas into the music of the 20th century to create a work full of contrasts but with a unique and poetic aura. In his Anthèmes, Pierre Boulez explores the boundaries of a violin’s playability. The abstractness of Anthèmes 1 is surpassed in Anthèmes 2 where Boulez adds live electronic elements to the piece, which he helped to develop at the IRCAM studios in Paris. These two pieces create an entirely new world of sound that serves as the musical parenthesis of this exceptional recording.


[Michael Barenboim] has clearly inherited his father Daniel’s enthusiasm for Boulez’s music, and frames this disc with the two versions of Anthèmes from the 1990s, the first purely acoustic, the second using IRCAM’s digital hardware to elaborate and multiply the same capricious material through real-time transformations and reflections.

Both versions get high-voltage performances from Barenboim, and his accounts of Bartók’s immense and immensely difficult Sonata and the third of Bach’s solo sonatas that come between them have the same crackling intensity.  Andrew Clements
The Guardian 2 March 2017

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