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Lux

Lux is a recital programme inspired by the theme of light. Twelve pieces chosen among a repertoire spanning twelve centuries accompany the course of a day, from dawn to nightfall. Each piece corresponds to a time of day, with its own particular light.

“Pianist Matan Porat invites us on a musical journey from morning until the dead of night. His program, selected as much for its variety as for the smooth tonal transitions between each piece, is a work of art in itself. Gregorian chant opens and closes the day, while Schumann gently moves us into light with his introspective but radiant “Gesänge der Frühe”. Music by Beethoven, Debussy, Scriabin, Liszt, Thomas Adès- plus Bartók’s unnerving portrait of nighttime (“The Night’s Music”) and an exciting world premiere recording of Matthias Pintscher’s “Whirling tissue of light”- provides fascinating individual interpretations of different times of day. Each is played with clarity, sensitivity, and a beautiful sense of narrative” (iTunes official selection)

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Variations on a theme by Scarlatti

“Ein phantastisches Album, man muss es wieder und wieder hören”
(Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung)

CD of the week, France Musique
CD of the week, CBC Music
9/10: AllMusic
4/5: Time Out New York

A visionary programme built up from the basis of Scarlatti’s Sonata in d minor K32. The 24 pieces that follow- from Bach to Boulez by way of Chopin and Debussy- all use the same motif, as if they were all variations on a theme. The result is a fascinating network of correspondences and interconnections that, strangely, makes us listen in an entirely new way…

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