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Takemitsu / Debussy / Gubaidulina

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Takemitsu / Debussy / Gubaidulina
Takemitsu / Debussy / Gubaidulina


Kim Kashkashian, who won a Grammy in 2013 with her solo viola Kurtág/Ligeti disc, returns with a new trio and music by Debussy, Takemitsu and Gubaidulina. Tre Voci includes Italian-American flautist Marina Piccinini and Israeli harpist Sivan Magen.

All three musicians have been acknowledged for bringing a new voice to their instruments. Kashkashian, Piccinini and Magen first played together at the 2010 Marlboro Music Festival, and agreed that the potential of this combination was too great to limit it to a single season. Since then they have been developing their repertoire.

On this compelling first release it revolves around Debussy's 1915 Sonata for flute, viola and harp and its influence, most directly felt in Takemitsu's shimmering 'And then I knew 'twas wind'. Debussy himself had been profoundly moved by his encounter with music of the East and in his last works was emphasizing tone-colour, texture and timbre and a different kind of temporal flow. In this music, the elasticity of Debussy's feeling for time (as Heinz Holliger observed) pointed far into the future and to the works of Boulez. And indeed to the music of Sofia Gubaidulina, whose 'Garden of Joys and Sorrows' makes its own reckoning with orient and occident. Gubaidulina has said that she considers herself "a daughter of two worlds, whose soul lives in the music of the East and the West". Produced by Manfred Eicher in the Lugano Studio.

Personnel: Marina Piccinini (flute), Kim Kashkashian (viola), Sivan Magen (harp)


  1. Name
  2. Toru Takemitsu: And then I knew 'twas Wind
  3. Claude Debussy: Sonata for flute, viola and harp, Pastorale, Lento, dolce rubato
  4. Interlude. Tempo di Minuetto
  5. Finale. Allegro moderato, ma risoluto
  6. Sofia Gubaidulina: Garten von Freuden und Traurigkeiten
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