Visions Fugitives - Prokofiev, Medtner & Chopin

Anna Gourari

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November 10, 2014

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Visions fugitives, pianist Anna Gourari's second ECM release, showcases the intense beauty of her sound in Prokofiev's title work, a set of 20 "fleeting visions" whose moods swing wildly and evocatively: lyrical and sardonic, grotesque and calm, melancholy and boisterous, nostalgic
and insistent.

The album also features Medtner's Fairy Tale in F minor (a miniature from his extensive series of skazki, or "tales") - three minutes that suggest a dark nostalgia - and the great Sonata No. 3 in B minor by Chopin, which includes an almost heroic, Beethovenian opening movement as well as a touching, songful Largo.

Gourari's ECM debut - 2012's 'Canto Oscuro' (4764661), an album that channels the Baroque and its spirit reflecting darkly through the ages - earned praise far and wide. Gramophone declared her Bach/Busoni Chaconne "one of the most riveting on record," while the Boston Globe praised "this smartly crafted and beautifully performed recital? played with such opulent tone and remarkable fluidity as to belie the true difficulty of almost all the music here".

Born in Kazan, Tartarstan, Anna Gourari is a musician steeped in the venerable Russian piano school, with its technical verities and Old World glamour. The great pianist Alexis Weissenberg found her playing "almost mystical" when he was on the jury with Martha Argerich, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Nelson Freire that deemed Gourari winner of the Clara Schumann Piano Competition in 1994.

Gourari's discography ranges from Beethoven, Brahms, and Strauss to Zemlinsky, Bartók, Poulenc and Hindemith. She is also known for her performances of contemporary scores by the likes of Sofia Gubaidulina, Rodion Shchedrin and Jörg Widmann. The pianist is an actress and media personality, too. Gourari portrayed a key character in Werner Herzog's 2001 film 'Invincible', and in 2007, she returned to her native country for the first time since her 1990 emigration to make six documentaries on Russian art for Deutsche Welle.

Personnel: Anna Gourari (piano)

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Key Value
Catalogue number 4811157
Barcode 0028948111572
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 120g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 143mm x 11mm x 128mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Sergey Prokofiev: Visions fugitives op. 22, I. Lentamente 01:37
2. II. Andante 01:45
3. III. Allegretto 01:07
4. IV. Animato 00:59
5. V. Molto giocoso 00:27
6. VI. Con eleganza 00:28
7. VII. Pittoresco (Arpa) 02:26
8. VIII. Comodo 01:22
9. IX. Allegretto tranquillo 01:05
10. X. Ridicolosamente 00:58
11. XI. Con vivacità 01:09
12. XII. Assai moderato 01:40
13. XIII. Allegretto 01:00
14. XIV. Feroce 01:05
15. XV. Inquieto 00:49
16. XVI. Dolente 01:57
17. XVII. Poetico 01:17
18. XVIII. Con una dolce lentezza 01:38
19. XIX. Presto agitatissimo e molto accentuato 00:44
20. XX. Lento irrealmente 02:07
21. Nikolai Medtner: Fairy Tale in f minor op. 26/3 02:46
22. Frédéric Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in b minor op. 58, I. Allegro meastoso 01:00
23. II. Scherzo. Molto vivace 03:06
24. III. Largo 09:45
25. IV. Finale: Presto non tanto 05:32