Moderato Cantabile - Komitas, Gurdjieff & Mompou

Anja Lechner & François Couturier

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Classical, Chamber Music
ECM New Series
September 8, 2014

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After a decade of shared work in the Tarkovsky Quartet and an ongoing alliance in the Pergolesi Project, German cellist Anja Lechner and French pianist Francois Couturier unveil their new duo. The players approach the music from different vantage points: Lechner is a classical soloist with an uncommon interest in improvisation, Couturier a jazz musician travelling ever further from jazz. On 'Moderato cantabile' they present their own arrangements of works by three fascinating outsiders from the margins of music history - G.I. Gurdjieff, Komitas and Federico Mompou.

To differing degrees their music reveals influences from the east, both in terms of relationship to folk traditions and religious music, and philosophically. A contemplative air pervades the session. The programme has connections to Anja Lechner's acclaimed account of Gurdjieff's music on the earlier Chants, Hymns and Dances (9819613, with Vassilis Tsabropoulos), but the new duo has its own identity, and time spent in Armenia has deepened Lechner's understanding of the contexts from which the music emerged: her cello assumes almost a singer's role in these pieces, exploring the strong melodies.

François Couturier's compositions function as both contrasting and complementary elements. As a player, François has a long history of working with Mompou's music. He has been influenced, furthermore, by his association with Anouar Brahem, and the sonorities of the Middle East are part of his palette. 'Moderato cantabile', a striking and unusual album, was recorded in the rich acoustics of the Lugano studio in November 2013 and produced by Manfred Eicher.

Personnel: Anja Lechner (cello), François Couturier (piano)

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Key Value
Catalogue number 4810992
Barcode 0028948109920
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 114g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 143mm x 11mm x 128mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. George I. Gurdjieff: Sayyid chant and dance No. 3 / Hymn No.7 06:42
2. François Couturier: Voyage 05:27
3. Komitas Vardapet: Chinar es 06:29
4. Federico Mompou: Canción y danza VI 05:12
5. Federico Mompou: Musica callada XXVIIIV / Impresiones intimas I 05:59
6. François Couturier: Soleil rouge 03:36
7. François Couturier: Papillons 07:27
8. George I. Gurdjieff / Federico Mompou: Hymn No. 8 / Night procession 06:44
9. George I. Gurdjieff: No.11 / Fêtes lointaines No. 3 04:47
10. Federico Mompou: Impresiones intimas VIII 'Secreto' 05:04