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Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition; Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): La Valse; Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Three Movements from Petrushka / Khatia Buniathisvili, piano

Album Summary

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for piano
>Ravel, Maurice : La valse
>Stravinsky, Igor : Movements (3) from Pétrouchka
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Notes & Reviews:

The famous Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, Ravel's La Valse and Stravinsky's Petruschka: Khatia's new recording, a unique combination of masterful and challenging pieces shows her true virtuosic playing. Kaleidoscope is an album of pieces that are very different, yet all have their own identity and colors. Given that those pieces all have an orchestral version, the pianist needs to find those colors in a single instrument. Khatia can paint her own picture of the pieces, how they are interwoven and what special character she wants to emphasize. All pieces tell a story throughout which renders them very much alive. There is a strong sense of character about the programme - it is music to be seen as well as heard, and it takes in other art forms as well: dance, puppetry, painting... the bright colours in all of these works remind of a kaleidoscope.

BBC Music Magazine, March 2016
Khatia Buniatishvili offers a very individual and often imaginative account of Musorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Whereas most pianists stride through the opening 'Promenade' with a real sense of purpose, Buniatishvili is much more pensive, presenting the musical argument in veiled colours... [and] in 'The Great Gate of Kiev' Buniatishvili is careful to build up the dramatic intensity rather than going all out for power-house playing.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2016
[this] interpretation of Pictures... provokes thoughts about darkness that lies behind some of Mussorgsky's imagery, though lively scenes such as 'Tuileries' and the 'Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks' lack nothing in brio, lightness and high spirits.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Berlin, Fünkhaus Nalepastrasse, Saal 1 (08/23/2015-08/26/2015).



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>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for piano
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Berlin, Fünkhaus Nalepastrasse, Saal 1 (08/23/2015-08/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Ravel, Maurice : La valse
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Berlin, Fünkhaus Nalepastrasse, Saal 1 (08/23/2015-08/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919-1920

>Stravinsky, Igor : Movements (3) from Pétrouchka
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Berlin, Fünkhaus Nalepastrasse, Saal 1 (08/23/2015-08/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921