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

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208
>     Schafe können sicher weiden
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons
>     October
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song without words, Op. 67/2 (Allegro leggiero)
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Kancheli, Giya [Composer] : When Almonds Blossomed
>     Theme
>Ligeti, György : Musica ricercata
>     no 7
>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 keyboard in E major, K. 380 (L. 23) "Cortège"
>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 : Suite, HWV 434
>     Menuet in G minor
>Pärt, Arvo : Für Alina, for 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 keyboard in E major, K. 380 (L. 23) "Cortège"
>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 : Suite, HWV 434
>Pärt, Arvo : Für Alina, for piano
Performer Composers

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.

The Observer, 15th June 2014
Without this musical crispness it might all be cloying. As it is, the disc holds one's attention.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2014
Soothing, intimate and reflective. Buntiashvili roduces the most ravishing, velvet-toned pianissimo, beautifully captured in Berlin's Jesus-Christus-Kirche. The trouble is that, after 20 minutes or so of ravishing, velvet-toned pianissimo, one begins to wonder if that is all this pianist is going to reveal of herself.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2014
Behind the flowers, butterflies and soulful photos there lies some very classy piano-playing...Buntiashvili's playing is eloquent indeed: her voicing is expertly balanced in the opening Bach transcription and the Ravel Pavane, the phrasing sings wonderfully in the Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Scriabin...on the whole these are performances that get under your skin.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/15/2013-04/19/2013).



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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
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/15/2013-04/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 02/23/1713

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons :: October
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/15/2013-04/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song without words, Op. 67/2 (Allegro leggiero)
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/15/2013-04/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 04/05/1839

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/15/2013-04/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Kancheli, Giya [Composer] : When Almonds Blossomed :: Theme
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/15/2013-04/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1972

>Ligeti, György : Musica ricercata :: no 7
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/15/2013-04/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951-1953

>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/15/2013-04/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Liszt, Franz : Wiegenlied, S198
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/15/2013-04/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 72/B 145
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/15/2013-04/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ravel, Maurice : Pavane pour une infante défunte
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/15/2013-04/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1899

>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 19 in C sharp minor, Op. 25/7, CT. 32
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/15/2013-04/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835-1837

>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 2
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/15/2013-04/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886-1889

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 380 (L. 23) "Cortège"
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/15/2013-04/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/15/2013-04/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1890-1893

>Buniatishvili, Khatia : Vagiorko mai (Don't You Love Me?), folk song setting for piano
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/15/2013-04/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite, HWV 434 :: Menuet in G minor
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/15/2013-04/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1713

>Pärt, Arvo : Für Alina, for piano
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/15/2013-04/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976