Home » Stories » Bertrand Chamayou is one to watch for 2021 / LEBRECHT LISTENS - ludwig van TORONTO

Top 10 for Jan

Bertrand Chamayou is one to watch for 2021 / LEBRECHT LISTENS - ludwig van TORONTO

Bookmark and Share

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 Bertrand Chamayou is that it leads the ear down unexpected paths - some overgrown like Janacek's crystalline opener, others unexpected, neglected or altogether unknown. Two etudes by Sergei Liapunov are drops of perfect chamomile. A dollop of Villa-Lobos takes us into a Brazilian jungle much thicker and more Freudian than Janacek's urban alleyway.

READ THE FULL ludwig van TORONTO ARTICLE