Elusive Affinity

Model: 02894818131

SKU: 384702 Product ID: 909162

Format ‐ CD

Genre ‐ Classical

Release Date ‐ 24/05/19

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    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." 


    Primary Format - Music - CD

    Artist - ANNA GOURARI

    Label - ECM New Series

    Music Genre - Classical

    Music Genre Primary - Classical

    Music Genre Secondary - Jazz

Track Listing


  1. J.S. Bach_Concerto in g-minor, BWV 975 Largo
  2. Schnittke_Five Aphorisms - Moderato assai
  3. Schnittke_Five Aphorisms - Allegretto
  4. Schnittke_Five Aphorisms - Lento
  5. Schnittke_Five Aphorisms - Senza tempo
  6. Schnittke_Five Aphorisms - Grave
  7. Kancheli_Piano piece No. 15
  8. Shchedrin_Diary - Seven pieces - Sostenuto assai
  9. Shchedrin_Diary - Seven pieces - L'istesso tempo
  10. Shchedrin_Diary - Seven pieces - Allegretto moderato (in ritmo)
  11. Shchedrin_Diary - Seven pieces - Allegro, ma non troppo
  12. Shchedrin_Diary - Seven pieces - Lento, sempre poco rubato
  13. Shchedrin_Diary - Seven pieces - Presto leggiero
  14. Shchedrin_Diary - Seven pieces - Sostenuto alla campana
  15. Pärt_Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka
  16. Rihm_Zwiesprache - Alfred Schlee in memoriam
  17. Rihm_Zwiesprache - Paul Sacher in memoriam
  18. Rihm_Zwiesprache - Heinrich Klotz in memoriam
  19. Rihm_Zwiesprache - Hans Heinrich Eggebrecht in memoriam
  20. Rihm_Zwiesprache - Hermann Wiesler in memoriam
  21. Kancheli_Piano piece No. 23
  22. J.S.Bach_Concerto in d-minor, BWV 974 - Adagio


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