[ Sony Classical / CD ]
Release Date: Monday 10 October 2016
Khatia Buniatishvili's new recording Kaleidoscope, a unique combination of masterful and challenging pieces, shows her true virtuosic playing and features the well-loved Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, Ravel's La Valse and Stravinsky's Petruschka.
Given that these pieces all have an orchestral version, the pianist must bring out this larger palette of colours on a single instrument. Khatia does just that, painting her own picture of the pieces, how they are interwoven and the special characters she wants to emphasize.
There is a strong sense of character about the programme - it is music to be seen as well as heard, and it takes in other art forms as well: dance, puppetry and painting. The movement and colours of these other art forms are encapsulated in Khatia's playing and the album's title, Kaleidoscope.
"Khatia Buniatishvili offers a very individual and often imaginative account of Musorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Whereas most pianists stride through the opening 'Promenade' with a real sense of purpose, Buniatishvili is much more pensive, presenting the musical argument in veiled colours…[and] in 'The Great Gate of Kiev' Buniatishvili is careful to build up the dramatic intensity rather than going all out for power-house playing" (BBC Music)
"[this] interpretation of Pictures…provokes thoughts about darkness that lies behind some of Mussorgsky's imagery, though lively scenes such as 'Tuileries' and the 'Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks' lack nothing in brio, lightness and high spirits" (Gramophone)
Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)
Three Movements from Petrushka