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MusicWeb International, March 2012

Elias’ artistry and Bacri’s listener-friendly originality combine to produce a recital of considerable interest and broad appeal—and these are all first recordings to boot.

Reyes gives an elegant, sensitive and technically assured account of Bacri’s works…this is an ideal disc for anyone looking for a benign introduction to contemporary/atonal music, and a raspberry to those who claim that new music is all tuneless, shapeless dreck. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Pianiste Magazin, November 2011

Eliane Reyes works brilliantly on timbres thanks to the fluidity of her evocative playing. See original review in French

David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2011

The music of the French composer, Nicolas Bacri, owes allegiance to no one, but has many influences. Born in 1961 and a student at the Paris Conservatoire where Marius Constant numbered among his mentors, he abandoned his exclusive atonality early in his career. The present disc covers almost he entire career, the earliest L’Enfance de l’Art (The Childhood of art) completed in 1979, thirty years before the final revision of the Second Sonata. The most extensive score comes with three totally independent ‘notebooks’, Doletto classico (Classical Delight), opening with a pastiche Baroque Suite, its five short sections are expressed in those unusual harmonic twists and turns that is typical of Bacri, his sense of the bizarre coming in a jazzy Gigue. He continues in period mode in the second notebook, Prokofiev at his most mischievous lurking in the background of its three sections. Lastly a short ‘notebook’ of atonal Baroque. Prokofiev is also present in the Second Sonata, the brittle and brilliant scherzo being an easy entry point into the Bacri mind set. How you respond to L’Enfance de l’Art depends on your attitude to the Second Viennese School, which is the inspiration to the seven short sections. The remaining pieces are quite short, my own favourite Bacri piece coming with the Petit prelude. Much of the music is not technically demanding, but it needs shaping with the dedication shown by Eliane Reyes, her clarity and unhurried approach ideal for the oft slow moving music.

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