Following up on his Pentatone releases of Beethoven’s complete piano concertos with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Alan Gilbert, Inon Barnatan’s newest offering on the label is Time Traveler’s Suite, a journey through time and space that redefines the Baroque suite by combining movements of BachHandelRameau and Couperin with more recent works by RavelBarberAdès and Ligeti (released Nov 5). The program culminates in Brahms’s ingenious Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel. Long known as a thoughtful and compelling curator, Barnatan has been honing his Time Traveler’s Suite program in performances around the world for a number of years. The New York Times found that a performance at New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival in 2016 “showed why he is one of the most admired pianists of his generation,” adding that he “played everything brilliantly.”Two years later, when the pianist played the program in Boston’s Celebrity Series, the Boston Musical Intelligencer declared of the three-century-spanning program: “You would be hard pressed to hear finer, more enlightening performances of these pieces any time in the next 300 years.”

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