Monday, February 28, 2011

Lisa Batiashvili - Echoes of Time

 


 

 

 

 

Review:

Lisa Batiashvili's debut album for Deutsche Grammophon "Echoes of Time" is a matter of the heart - an unusual, very individual and fascinating program by one of the most appreciated young soloists of our days. Lisa focuses her program on composers whose lives and work have been heavily influenced by the political happenings and oppressions in former Soviet Union - like Lisa herself, who went into German exile with her family during the political upheaval in Georgia in 1991.Arvo Pärt In a program spanning the whole 20th century, Lisa's album combines (modern) classics by Shostakovich and Rachmaninov with two more recent works - her Georgian compatriot Giya Kancheli's highly atmospheric V&V and Estonian Arvo Pärt's spiritual Spiegel im Spiegel for Violin and Piano, written shortly before the composer went into exile. The collection is rounded up by two short pieces: an orchestrated version of Shostakovich's elegant Waltz from the Doll's Dances cycle (1952), and Rachmaninov's all-time favorite melody Vocalise , written two years before the composers' emigration from Russia. For Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel and Rachmaninov's Vocalise Lisa teams up with one of our most distinctive pianists, Hélène Grimaud. The chemistry between these musicians has the potential to create an extraordinary musical experience. 

 

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