[ Warner Classics / CD ]
Release Date: Tuesday 10 September 2019
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On her first Warner Classics album pianist Mariam Batsashvili combines solo works by Franz Liszt - a figure of special significance for her - and his contemporary Frédéric Chopin.
Batsashvili left her native Georgia to study at the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Weimar and gained international recognition in 2014 when she won the 10th Franz Liszt Piano Competition.
Chopin was just a year older than Liszt and the two became good friends in Paris. The two pianist-composers are, as Batsashvili explains, "very, very different in the way they express themselves, but I can hear in their music that they respected each other greatly."
"Her technical prowess and ability to negotiate Liszt's showy grandeur is a given, but her sense of his inner world, his wistful, nonchalant poetry - in the Grande études in A flat or the Consolations (Pensées poétiques) or the Polish Songs after Chopin - sets her apart as one to watch." (The Observer)