Kim Barbier: Ballade Kim Barbier

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Label: Prospero Classical

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Instrumental

Artist: Kim Barbier

Composer: Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Alexander Siloti (1863-1945), Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Bruno Delepelaire

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  • Domenico Scarlatti (1685 – 1757): Keyboard Sonata in E Major, K. 380:
  • 1Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in E Major, K. 38005:09
  • Sonata in D Minor, K. 9
  • 2Scarlatti: Sonata in D Minor, K. 903:21
  • Sonata in D Minor, K. 141
  • 3Scarlatti: Sonata in D Minor, K. 14103:41
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791): Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major, K. 545 "Sonata facile":
  • 4Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major, K. 545 "Sonata facile": I. Allegro03:00
  • 5Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major, K. 545 "Sonata facile": II. Andante04:55
  • 6Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major, K. 545 "Sonata facile": III. Rondo. Allegretto01:46
  • Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918): Suite bergamasque, L. 75:
  • 7Debussy: Suite bergamasque, L. 75: III. Clair de lune04:59
  • Préludes, Book 1, L. 117:
  • 8Debussy: Préludes, Book 1, L. 117: No. 5, Les collines d'Anacapri03:18
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750): Prelude in B Minor, BWV 855a (Arr. for piano by Alexander Siloti)
  • 9Bach: Prelude in B Minor, BWV 855a (Arr. for piano by Alexander Siloti)03:30
  • Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849): 12 Études, Op. 25:
  • 10Chopin: 12 Études, Op. 25: No. 5 in E Minor03:17
  • 11Chopin: 12 Études, Op. 25: No. 12 in C Minor02:35
  • Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23:
  • 12Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 2309:27
  • Bruno Delepelaire (b. 1989): Eclats No. 2
  • 13Delepelaire: Eclats No. 204:06
  • Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897): 6 Klavierstücke, Op. 118:
  • 14Brahms: 6 Klavierstücke, Op. 118: No. 2, Intermezzo in A Major05:55
  • Total Runtime58:59

Info for Kim Barbier: Ballade

French pianist Kim Barbier does not see herself to be a person or an artist who is restricted by borders, be they linguistic, cultural or geographical. On the contrary, despite training at the Paris Conservatoire, which gave her a special familiarity with French composers such as Debussy, Dutilleux, Fauré and Poulenc, her career has been marked by a variety of emphases without being limited to specific preferences. Within the framework of classical music, she feels no commitment to any particular style, epoch or work, and would find it difficult to name any out-standing composers who did not interest her.

This is one reason given as to why she has lived in Berlin for a many years. She appreciates the quality, internationality and openness of its musical world, where she has found so many opportunities for creative expression and further development. This is particularly true of a long- standing collaboration with musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. She remains closely connected to the local music scene through these colleagues, especially in the field of chamber music, while at the same time pursuing wide- ranging international concert activities beyond Berlin.

The present selection of piano pieces represents the versatility of Kim Barbier’s skills, experience and interests across a broad musical spectrum. In some cases, these have shaped her biography and are asso-ciated with key experiences in her life and career. At the same time, the sequence of compositions represents stations in the development of European music history from the Baroque to the Classical Modern periods. The juxtaposition creates a dialogue that reveals both connections and influences, while resulting in a sovereign musical narrative that is neither strictly nor formally bound. This is inferred by the title Ballade with its reference to the troubadour lyric, a genre that originated in France and was also popular in Germany during the Middle Ages.

Kim Barbier, piano

Kim Barbier
wurde als Tochter französisch-vietnamesischer Eltern in Paris geboren und wuchs in Afrika und Südfrankreich auf. Nach Abschluss ihres Diploms und des "cycle de perfectionnement" am Pariser Konservatorium bei Pierre-Laurent Aimard studierte sie bei Maria Curcio in London, die in der Tradition Artur Schnabels unterrichtete und, auch in persönlicher Hinsicht, zu ihrem wichtigsten Einfluss wurde. Weitere Lehrer:innen, bei denen Kim studierte, waren György Kurtag, Patrick Cohen, Odile Poisson, Theodore Paraskivesco, Nicholas Angelich, Leon Fleischer und Ferenc Rados.

Die Pianistin ist mit einer großen Bandbreite renommierter Orchester aufgetreten, darunter das Orquesta de Valencia, das Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, das Estonian National Orchestra, das Zagreb Radio Orchestra das China National Symphony Orchestra, das Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, das Orchestra di Roma e del Lazio, das Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, das Berliner Sinfonieorchester und das Neue Kammerorchester Potsdam, unter Dirigenten wie Lionel Bringuier, Robin Ticciati, Fabien Gabel, Yaron Traub, Stanley Dodds.

Sie war Gastsolistin in international bekannten Konzertsälen wie der Philharmonie in Berlin, dem Konzerthaus in Berlin, dem Auditorium Parco Della Musica in Rom, der Beijing Concert Hall, dem Hanoi Opera House und dem Palau de la Musica in Valencia und auf internationalen Festivals wie dem Festival International de Menton, dem Festival Musique à l‘Emperi in Salon-de-Provence, dem Rolandseck-Festival und den Salzburger Osterfestspielen vertreten.

Daneben widmet Kim Barbier sich dem Kammermusikrepertoire. Sie gestaltete Konzerte mit Sol Gabetta, Emmanuel Pahud, Antoine Tamestit, Guy Braunstein, Bruno Delepelaire, François Leleux, Paul Meyer und dem Berliner Piano Quartet. Mit letzterem hat sie zwei CDs für RCA/Sony aufgenommen. Es folgte eine Solo-CD bei Oehms Classics. 2022 erscheint Kim Barbiers weitere Solo-CD beim Label Prospero Classical, sowie bei ARS Produktion ein Debüt-Album mit dem neu gegründeten MASSA-TRIO um den Bandoneonisten und Komponisten Omar Massa und mit dem Geiger Markus Däunert.

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