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'Motherland' - Quiet and reflective works for piano by Bach, Pärt, Brahms, Kancheli et al. / Khatia Buniatishvili, piano

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song without words, Op. 67/2 (Allegro leggiero)
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Kancheli, Giya [Composer] : When Almonds Blossomed
>Ligeti, György : Musica ricercata
>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117
>Liszt, Franz : Wiegenlied, S198
>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 72/B 145
>Ravel, Maurice : Pavane pour une infante défunte
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 19 in C sharp minor, Op. 25/7, CT. 32
>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 2
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54
>Buniatishvili, Khatia : Vagiorko mai (Don't You Love Me?), folk song setting for piano
>Handel, George Frideric : Menuet for keyboard in G minor, HWV 543
>Pärt, Arvo : Für Alina
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Notes & Reviews:

Khatia Buniatishvili's new album, Motherland, is an intimate quest encompassing solo piano works from Bach to Part and from Brahms to Kancheli, in which the themes of longing for home, the merriment of a folk dance and the eternal cycle of growth and decay are apparent. These are quiet, dreamy pieces, most of them not written for the concert hall, but expressing a personal journey for peace and a protected place. Spanning a broad stylistic and historical range, Motherland juxtaposes the happy lightness of a "Slavonic Dance" by Dvorak and the melancholy of Grieg's lyrical "Homesickness," and contrasts the elegant gaiety of Mendelssohn's "Song without Words" (Op. 67/2) with the graceful introspection of Liszt's "Lullaby." Classics of the Romantic piano repertoire such as Chopin's Etude in C-sharp minor (Op. 25/7) and Brahms, "Intermezzo" (Op. 117/2) are embedded between Bach's cantata "Sheep May Safely Graze" and Arvo Part's musical dedication "For Alina."

Khatia Buniatishvili has been described by The Independent as "the young Georgian firebrand." At the age of only 26 years, this Tblisi-born pianist has already achieved an exceptional maturity of interpretation and a distinctive artistic approach that make her playing unmistakable. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2008 and has played with many famous orchestras around the world including the Israel Philharmonic with Kent Nagano, the San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic and the Orchestre de Paris under Paavo Jarvi.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208 :: Schafe können sicher weiden
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 02/23/1713

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons :: October
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song without words, Op. 67/2 (Allegro leggiero)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 04/05/1839

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Kancheli, Giya [Composer] : When Almonds Blossomed :: Theme
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1972

>György Ligeti (Composer) (1923 - 2006) : Musica ricercata :: no 7
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951-1953

>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Liszt, Franz : Wiegenlied, S198
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 72/B 145
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ravel, Maurice : Pavane pour une infante défunte
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1899

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Etude for piano no 19 in C sharp minor, Op. 25/7, CT. 32
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835-1837

>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 2
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886-1889

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1890-1893

>Buniatishvili, Khatia : Vagiorko mai (Don't You Love Me?), folk song setting for piano
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Handel, George Frideric : Menuet for keyboard in G minor, HWV 543
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1710-1720

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Für Alina
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976