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Canto Oscuro

Anna Gourari

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1
Choralvorspiel Ich ruf’ zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ
Johann Sebastian Bach; Anna Gourari
3:45
2
Chaconne
Sofia Gubaidulina; Anna Gourari
11:50
„1922" – Suite für Klavier  
3
Marsch
Paul Hindemith; Anna Gourari
1:47
4
Shimmy
Paul Hindemith; Anna Gourari
3:43
5
Nachtstück
Paul Hindemith; Anna Gourari
5:17
6
Boston
Paul Hindemith; Anna Gourari
5:15
7
Ragtime
Paul Hindemith; Anna Gourari
2:25
Chorale Prelude  
8
Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
Johann Sebastian Bach; Anna Gourari
5:36
Partita For Violin Solo No.2 In D Minor, BWV 1004 (Transcribed For Piano By Ferruccio Busoni)  
9
Chaconne
Johann Sebastian Bach; Anna Gourari
16:28
10
Prélude In E Minor, BWV 855a (Arranged And Transposed To B Minor)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Anna Gourari
3:40
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    59:46
"... superb recording ... a very well-considered and beautifully executed recital ... deserves a place in any collection ... resonates in the mind and haunts long after the sounds have stopped."
- MusicWeb International

"Poetic pianism of the first order from a gifted Russian pianist ... (Gourari is) a true artist and poet ... one of the finest interpretations of (Bach’s Chaconne) I have ever heard ... her playing is spacious, lyrical, profound ..."
- Limelight

"With programming this fantastic, playing this attuned to the concept of the album and ECM sound this vibrant, this is one of the albums of the year for me thus far. Grab it and enjoy. But be careful: It might just knock your socks off."
- Fanfare

Pianist Anna Gourari is steeped in the venerable Russian piano school, its technical verities and Old World glamour, which becomes crystal clear on this album, her ECM debut. The programme features a set of Canto Oscuro, dark songs, among them two of the most affecting of J.S. Bach’s chorale preludes in arrangements of quiet sublimity by Ferruccio Busoni. Gourari also includes Busoni's iconic version of the gripping Chaconne from Bach’s Partita No. 2 for solo violin along with works from her native Russia. The recording’s centrepiece is Hindemith’s Suite 1922, influenced by both Baroque models and the jazz age.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Records Studio Masters

Recorded May 2011, Historischer Reitstadel, Neumarkt
Tonmeister: Stephan Schellmann
Cover photo: Jan Kricke
Liner photos: Nadia F. Romanini, Beat Presser
Design: Sascha Kleis
Produced by Manfred Eicher

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