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Published on Apr 1, 2012
Darknesse Visible a new recording by pianist Inon Barnatan (Avie Records) brings together colorful works by British and French composers which are inspired by literature and evocatively explore the interconnection of darkness and light. To further illustrate the themes of the works, Inon collaborated with videographer Tristan Cook and artist Zack Smithey on a series of short video vignettes.
Ravel's "Le Gibet" (the gibbet, or gallows), the second piece from the piano suite "Gaspard de la Nuit," follows a poem that paints a morbid picture of a "bell ringing by the walls of a city below the horizon, and the carcass of a hanged man reddened by the setting sun." Ravel evokes this desolate scene with the dusky colors of the setting sun and the chiming bells, which remain constant throughout.
Selection from "Le Gibet" performed by Inon Barnatan (www.inonbarnatan.com) Art by Zack Smithey (www.zacksmithey.com) Video by Tristan Cook (www.tristan-cook.com)