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Anna Gourari – Elusive Affinity (24/96 FLAC)

Anna Gourari - Elusive Affinity (24/96 FLAC)

Anna Gourari – Elusive Affinity (24/96 FLAC)

Performer: Anna Gourari
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: ECM
Release: 2019
Size: 837 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Johann Sebastian Bach:
Concerto in G Minor, BWV 975
01. II. Largo BWV 975

Alfred Schnittke:
Five Aphorisms for Piano
02. I. Moderato assai
03. II. Allegretto
04. III. Lento
05. IV. Senza tempo
06. VI. Grave

Giya Kancheli:
07. Piano piece No. 15

Rodion Shchedrin:
Diary – Seven Pieces for Piano
08. I. Sostenuto assai
09. II. L’istesso tempo
10. III. Allegretto moderato (in ritmo)
11. IV. Allegro, ma non troppo
12. V. Lento, sempre poco rubato
13. VI. Presto leggiero
14. VII. Sostenuto alla campana

Arvo Pärt:
15. Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka

Wolfgang Rihm:
Zwiesprache
16. Alfred Schlee in memoriam
17. Paul Sacher in memoriam
18. Heinrich Klotz in memoriam
19. Hans Heinrich Eggebrecht in memoriam
20. Hermann Wiesler in memoriam

Giya Kancheli:
21. Piano Piece No. 23

Johann Sebastian Bach:
Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974
22. 2. Adagio

In this imaginatively shaped and sensitively played album her third for ECM Russian pianist Anna Gourari explores musical connections and influences extending across the arts.

Three suites of contemporary music are heard here. Alfred Schnittke’s Five Aphorisms (1990) draw impulses from the poetry of his friend Joseph Brodsky. Rodion Shchedrin’s Diary – Seven Pieces (2002) dedicated to Gourari and inspired by her playing, reflects the life of a pianist and composer. Wolfgang Rihm’s sequence of tombeaux, Zwiesprache (1999) pays tribute to musicologists Alfred Schlee and Hans Heinrich Eggebrecht, conductor Paul Sacher, and art sociologist Hermann Wiesler.

Threaded between the cycles are two Giya Kancheli miniatures drawn from theatre and movie music, as well as Arvo Pärt’s early tintinnabuli-style Variations for the Healing of Arinuschka (1977). Gourari’s investigation of artistic affinities is framed with Bach’s transcriptions of Venetian composers Antonio Vivaldi and Alessandro Marcello: “Anna Gourari makes these Bach slow movements, too, ours,” Paul Griffiths writes in the liner notes. “And the newer music is cherished and invigorated.”

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