Elusive Affinity

 
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SCHNITTKE / SHCHEDRIN / RIHM
Elusive Affinity
Anna Gourari

[ ECM New Series / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 19 July 2019

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."

Tracks:

1 LARGO BWV 975
(Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach)
03:46

ALFRED SCHNITTKE - FIVE APHORISMS
2 Moderato assai 03:51
3 Allegretto 02:15
4 Lento 02:14
5 Senza tempo 02:33
6 Grave 03:03

7 PIANO PIECE NO. 15
(Giya Kancheli)
01:31

RODION SHCHEDRIN - DIARY - SEVEN PIECES
8 Sostenuto assai 00:50
9 L'istesso tempo 02:12
10 Allegretto moderato (in ritmo) 02:12
11 Allegro, ma non troppo 00:46
12 Lento, sempre poco rubato 03:37
13 Presto leggiero 01:07
14 Sostenuto alla campana 04:46

15 VARIATIONEN ZUR GESUNDUNG VON ARINUSCHKA
(Arvo Pärt)
05:36

WOLFGANG RIHM - ZWIESPRACHE
16 Alfred Schlee in memoriam 03:03
17 Paul Sacher in memoriam 04:03
18 Heinrich Klotz in memoriam 03:44
19 Hans Heinrich Eggebrecht in memoriam 03:38
20 Hermann Wiesler in memoriam 02:19

21 PIANO PIECE NO. 23
(Giya Kancheli)
01:23

22 ADAGIO BWV 974
(Alessandro Marcello, Johann Sebastian Bach)
03:52