Inon Barnatan has long been known as a particularly thoughtful programmer, choosing pieces that both stand alone and connect to one another in a variety of ways. Thus, for recitals in Oregon on November 13, Indiana on November 17, and New Orleans on November 20, he presents a program that includes Brahms’s arrangement for left hand of German Baroque master J.S. Bach’s Chaconne in D; a set of Variations by Brahms on a theme composed by Bach’s great contemporary Handel; and Ligeti’s Musica ricercata, one of the movements of which is an homage to Italian Baroque master Frescobaldi.
As the New York Times reported following Inon’s recent Mostly Mozart debut, which included Bach, Handel, Ligeti, and much more: “Barnatan showed why he is one of the most admired pianists of his generation. … He played everything brilliantly.”
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