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Anna Gourari: Canto Oscuro / J.S. Bach, Gubaidulina, Verlag and Hindemith / Anna Gourari, piano

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1124
>Gubaidulina, Sofia : Chaconne for piano
>Hindemith, Paul : Suite "1922", for piano, Op. 26
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita fur Violine solo Nr. 2 in d-Moll, BWV 1004
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude for keyboard in B minor (by Wilhelm Hieronymous Pachelbel, not JSB), BWV 923 (BC L131)
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Anna Gourari is a young musician steeped in the venerable Russian piano school, its technical verities and Old World glamour. She has "a very physical, even visceral quality to her music-making that conjures the sound of such golden-age figures as Horowitz and Cortot," declared by Fanfare. With her majestic ECM debut, Gourari offers a set of Canto Oscuro: dark songs. The pianist performs two of the most affecting of J.S. Bach's chorale preludes - "Ich ruf zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ" and "Nun Komm' der Heiden Heiland' - in arrangements of quiet sublimity by Ferrucio Busoni. Gourari also includes his iconic version of the gripping Chaconne from Bach's Partita No. 2 for solo violin. From her native Russia, she adds Alexander Siloti's transcription of Bach's Prelude in B minor, as well as Sofia Gubaidulina's early Chaconne, a vessel for ghosts of the Baroque. The album's centerpiece is Hindemith's Suite "1922", a work influenced by both Baroque model sand the Jazz Age; yet its "Shimmy", "Boston" and "Ragtime" movements are given a dissonant, darkly ironic cast, and the Suite's "Nachstuck" is night music as haunted and haunting, a very much "dark song".

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
Gourari has good technique and tone. Her best playing by far is in those pieces, especially the Chaconne - it is scintillating and fiery.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Historischer Reitstadel, Neumarkt (05/2011).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1124
  • Performer: Anna Gourari (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713-1715

>Gubaidulina, Sofia : Chaconne for piano
  • Performer: Anna Gourari (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1963

>Hindemith, Paul : Suite "1922", for piano, Op. 26
  • Performer: Anna Gourari (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921-1922

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
  • Performer: Anna Gourari (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita für Violine solo Nr. 2 in d-Moll, BWV 1004 :: Chaconne
  • Performer: Anna Gourari (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude for keyboard in B minor (by Wilhelm Hieronymous Pachelbel, not JSB), BWV 923 (BC L131)
  • Performer: Anna Gourari (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1725