Glowing review in Le Monde for Michael’s album featuring Italian works for solo violin

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Le Monde reviewed Michael’s album this month:

“On ne savait pas le répertoire italien si naturellement sensuel sous les doigts du jeune musicien, qui mêle avec une manière d’élégante évidence partitions contemporaines et répertoire virtuose, entre expressivité et exubérance, rigueur et précision. Il faut entendre avec quelle maîtrise d’archet et inventivité sonore le violoniste rend les diaprures quasi immatérielles de Sciarrino, préparant en quelque sorte la fantastique injonction des fameux Trilles du Diable de Tartini débarrassés ici de la morgue léguée par le violon de Fritz Kreisler. Souplesse, fantaisie et technique superlative rivalisent dans la terrible Sequenza de Berio, hommage à la célèbre Chaconne de Bach. Six Caprices de Paganini poussés aux limites termineront en miroir du début ce programme qui révèle en Michael Barenboim un musicien d’exception. Bon sang ne saurait effectivement mentir.” -Marie-Aude Roux

“We didn’t know this Italian repertoire, so naturally sensual under the fingers of the young musician, who mixes contemporary scores and virtuosic core repertoire with sheer elegance, somewhere between expressiveness and exuberance, rigour and precision. You have to hear the mastery of bow and inventiveness of sound the violinist gives to Sciarrino’s almost immaterial shimmers of colour, preparing us in some way for the fantastic demands of the famous Devil’s Trill by Tartini, rid here of the ghost of Fritz Kreisler’s violin. Suppleness, fantasy and superlative technique compete in the terrifying Sequenza by Berio, a tribute to Bach’s famous Chaconne. The six Paganini Caprices – here pushed to the limits – complete the programme, revealing Michael Barenboim as an exceptional musician.”


Featuring Tartini, Sciarrino, Paganini and Berio, Michael’s new album is a unique mix of Italian works for solo violin, extreme in their virtuosity and emotional intensity, and placing thrilling demands on the soloist. The album has been picking up superb reviews: “A second beautiful disc from Barenboim, played with daring and warmth.” (Sunday Times), “Michael Barenboim’s playing is as subtle as it is high-voltage” (BBC Music Magazine), “This is a recital over which everything combines to fantastic effect.” (Gramophone).

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