Michael Barenboim releases his debut solo album on Accentus in January 2017 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.
Conceived as a solo recital, the album showcases the acclaimed violinist’s skills and comprises the works of three composers who have had a profound impact on Barenboim’s musical upbringing. He comments “I was determined to have the pieces speak to each other, to engage in a dialogue and stimulate each other. My interpretations change through the desire to create a programmatic frame work, where the juxtaposition of different works leads to a richer and deeper understanding of each one. This also changes the music to a certain extent.”
At the celebrations of Boulez’s 90th birthday in 2015, Michael Barenboim performed several of the composer’s works across Europe in recitals at the Berliner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Dortmund, London’s Barbican Centre, Opéra National de Paris and Salzburger Festspiele. As well as working on Anthèmes together, Barenboim studied the Schönberg violin concerto with Boulez, before going on to give the first ever performance of the piece with the Wiener Philharmoniker and recording the concerto with the orchestra and his father, Daniel Barenboim, conducting, of which the digital recording is available at PeralMusic.com.