Michael Barenboim

Michael Barenboim releases debut solo album

Bach, Bartók and Boulez on Accentus
17 January 2017

Michael Barenboim releases his debut solo album on the Accentus label this month, featuring the unusual juxtaposition of Bach, Bartók and Boulez.

Three works demanding huge technical capabilities and pushing the boundaries of the violin’s playability, the album includes J.S. Bach’s Sonata in C Major BWV1005, Bartók’s Sonata Sz.117 and Boulez’s Anthèmes I & II. The latter, which Michael Barenboim recorded at IRCAM, is a celebration of a long history of collaboration between the late composer and the soloist, who worked on Anthèmes together.

Speaking of the recording, Michael commented: “The idea was to have pieces that communicate with each other and make it possible to hear each one differently because of the context of the others…Each piece is great music, of course, but they change the perception of the listener when put together.”