The sixteen lullabies – or berceuses – that Bertrand Chamayou has chosen for Good Night! form a captivatingly varied album. Embracing music from the Romantic era to the present day, the French pianist has shaped his programme with care and imagination. Miniatures by masters like Chopin, Liszt, Grieg and Brahms (whose archetypal lullaby is heard here in Max Reger's transcription) sit beside rarer treasures by, among others, Lyapunov, Alkan, Bonis and Lachenmann, and a specially commissioned piece by the contemporary composer Bryce Dessner. It makes a satisfying recital while providing individual items to enrich digital playlists.
Bertrand Chamayou is one to watch for 2021 / LEBRECHT LISTENS - ludwig van TORONTO
Norman Lebrecht writes.....Musical lullabies can quickly outlast their welcome. Everybody's had the Brahms Wiegenlied sung to them at some point in infancy and many have experienced the sleepytime duet in Hansel and Gretel, the one they sing just before the witch becomes their nightmare. But one hearing is usually all I can bear of these bonbons. The beauty of this compilation by the French pianist B...
Bertrand Chamayou's 'Good Night' makes NPR's music and mayhem: A diary of classical albums for a troubled 2020
The year 2020 was, in so many ways, divided. In terms of live performances, musicians were forced to reinvent, reflect and respond from a distance and in turn I watched their concerts from the remove of my laptop screen. Some artists offered professionally produced live shows, like stunning recitals from Jonas Kaufmann and Lise Davidsen, while others handcrafted their own videos shot in the safety and so...
On 'Good Night,' one is drawn completely into Bertrand Chamayou's confidence as he sensitively illustrates emotional confluence / LIMELIGHT
A self-confessed "insomniaque", you could also say that French pianist Bertrand Chamayou is a connoisseur of the hypnagogic. Certainly, he relishes that "borderland, haunted by the most varied of emotions, from tenderness to fear, from the feeling of completeness that engenders peace of mind to the anguish of nothingness and fear of the dark". It is, he continues in the short oneiric essay accompanying t...
Bertrand Chamayou: 'Dessner: Song for Octave' from Good Night! makes 'NPR Music's No. 1 Albums And Songs Of October'
The French pianist Bertrand Chamayou admits he's a night owl. So it's no surprise that his new album, Good Night!, is devoted to those mysterious nocturnal realms just before sleep arrives. Chamayou explores dusty corners of the repertoire to find some obscure lullabies, including one from the neglected 19th century female French composer Mélanie Bonis. There's a brand new piece on the...
The sixteen lullabies that Bertrand Chamayou has chosen for 'Good Night!' form a captivatingly varied album / WFMT 'Featured New Release'
Embracing music from the Romantic era to the present day, the French pianist has shaped his program with care and imagination. Miniatures by masters like Chopin, Liszt, Grieg, and Brahms sit beside rarer treasures and a specially commissioned piece by the contemporary composer Bryce Dessner. "I've always loved the lullaby or berceuse as a genre because I'm an insomniac," explains Chamayou, who is also fa...
Bertrand Chamayou's 'Good Night' is not your typical, run-of-the-mill, cookie-cutter collection of cradle songs / Classical Music Sentinel
As you can see from the pieces listed above, this is not your typical, run-of-the-mill, cookie-cutter collection of cradle songs or what are commonly known as "lullabies". Pianist Bertrand Chamayou looked far and wide to curate this unusual assortment of soporific piano pieces, which he himself likened to a treasure hunt. Besides the ubiquitous offerings from Brahms and Chopin, Chamayou goes as far afiel...