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Maria Pia De Vito, Francois Couturier, Anja Lechner, Michele Rabbia - Il Pergolese
1 Georges I. Gurdjieff - Sayyid chant & dance no. 3 / Hymn no. 7
2 Francois Couturier - Voyage
3 Komitas - Chinar es
4 Mompou - Cancion y danza 6
5 Francois Couturier - Musica Callada 28/Impresiones intimas 1
6 Francois Couturier - Musica Callada 28/Soleil rouge
7 Francois Couturier - Musica Callada 28/Papillons
8 Georges I. Gurdjieff - Hymn no. 8 / Night procession
9 Georges I. Gurdjieff - Fetes Lointaines
10 Mompou - Impresiones intimas: Secreto
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After a decade of shared work in the Tarkovsky Quartet and an ongoing alliance in the Pergolesi Project with singer Maria Pia De Vito (see the recent Il Pergolese album), German cellist Anja Lechner and French pianist Franҫois 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 Vardapet, and Federico Mompou. To differing degrees the music of these composers reveals influences from the east, in terms of relationship to folk music traditions and ritual and religious music, and also philosophically. The program has connections to Anja Lechner's acclaimed account of Gurdjieff's music on the earlier Chants, Hymns and Dances (recorded in 2003 with Vassilis Tsabropoulos), but the new duo has its own distinct identity, and many visits to Armenia have 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. 

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