Time Traveler's Suite / Inon Barnatan
On his third PENTATONE album Time Traveler’s Suite, pianist Inon Barnatan redefines our notions of the suite by taking us on a journey through time and space, from Baroque pieces by Bach, Handel, Rameau and Couperin to more recent works by Ravel, Barber, Adès and Ligeti. The program culminates in Brahms’s ingenious Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel. Inon Barnatan is one of the most admired pianists of his generation (New York Times). His complete recordings of Beethoven’s piano concertos together with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Alan Gilbert were released on PENTATONE in 2019 and 2020.
The Time Traveler's Suite is a suite of a sort. One might call it a meta-suite, collecting short pieces that each reveal some new aspect of a coherent set that runs from the Baroque to the contemporary era and starts back again. This is the kind of program that can easily fly out of control, but Barnatan maintains a grip on it, both steely and thoughtful. It's an entirely original concept that is compellingly realized from beginning to end, and PentaTone's engineering work conveys the listener into the pianist's thoughts.
-- AllMusic.com (James Manheim)
Release Date: November 19, 2021
Catalog Number: PTC5186874
Number of Discs: 1
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Jean-Philippe Rameau, François Couperin, Maurice Ravel, Thomas Ades, György Ligeti, Samuel Barber, Johannes Brahms
Performer: Inon Barnatan