[ Harmonia Mundi / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 24 January 2020
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Beyond their lifelong interest in keyboard instruments of all types (organ, harpsichord, and clavichord in the case of Bach; modern piano as a percussion instrument in the case of Bartók), other shared concerns connect these two giants of classical music who at first glance appear to be polar opposites. The juxtaposition of the two composers is not the least appeal of this album which also marks Julien Libeer's first project for harmonia mundi: this ardent advocate of a clear and direct approach deftly combines keen intuition with a sense of formal rigour to bring four masterful examples of the 'suite' genre into a dialogue spanning across the centuries that set them apart.
"Libeer's Bach takes full advantage of the modern concert grand's dynamic and timbral resources while keeping within stylistically acceptable parameters…" Gramophone
"It's no surprise to find Libeer names the Romanian pianist Dinu Lipatti (1917-50) as an influence. Libeer, too, in his Bach, has a similar purity of style, finesse and a fluid, rhythmic energy." the Observer
Suites : French Suite no.5 & Partita n° 2 (Bach)
En plein air & Suite op.14 (Bartók)