Mendelssohn - Song Without Words in F sharp minor, Op. 67/2
Debussy - Clair de lune
Kancheli - When Almonds Blossomed / Theme
Ligeti - Musica ricercata / No. 7
Brahms - Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op. 117/2
Liszt - Cradle Song, S. 198
Dvorak - Dumka, Slavonic dance in E minor, Op. 72/2
Ravel - Pavane pour une infante defunte
Chopin - Etude in C sharp minor, Op. 25/7
Scriabin - Etude in C sharp minor, Op. 2/1
Scarlatti - Sonata in E major, K. 380
Grieg - Homesickness, Op. 27/6
Buniatishvili - Vagiorko mai (Don't You Love Me?)
Handel - Suite, HWV 434 / Menuet in G minor
Part - Fur Alina
Khatia Buniatishvili :
For her third recording on CD, MOTHERland, Khatia Buniatishvili reveals a new, highly personal side to herself. Under the title MOTHERland this album combines works from Bach to Pärt and from Brahms to Kancheli in which longing for home, the merriment of a folk dance or the eternal cycle of growth and decay in nature can be heard. These are quiet, dreamy pieces, most of them not written for the concert hall but expressing a personal quest – for peace, a protected place, childlike freedom from care.
Khatia Buniatishvili, who was born in Tbilisi and has lived in Paris for some years, makes these mythical places resound, while integrating works from her Georgian homeland that have accompanied her personal path in life. For example, the recording includes the folk song "Va Giorko Ma" in an arrangement by the pianist herself, as well as "When Almonds Blossomed" by the Georgian composer Giya Kancheli.
Spanning a broad stylistic and historical range, the album MOTHERland juxtaposes the happy lightness of a "Slavonic Dance" by Dvorak and the melancholy of Grieg's lyrical "Homesickness", and contrasts the elegant gaiety of Mendelssohn's "Song without Words" (op. 67/2) with the graceful introspection ofLiszt's "Lullaby". Classics of the Romantic piano repertoire such as Chopin's Étude in C-sharp minor (op. 25/7) and Brahms "Intermezzo" (op. 117/2) are embedded between Bach's cantata "Sheep May Safely Graze" and Arvo Pärt's musical dedication "For Alina". The latter, like Bach's cantata, is not a work about subjective feelings but about a space that can be found only with great tranquillity – a meditative piece that seeks simplicity and in it finds the sublime, peace.
Khatia Buniatishvili, born in 1987, made her debut as a soloist with orchestra at the age of six. This was followed from her tenth year by performances in Europe, Israel and the USA. In 2008 she was the winner of the Arthur Rubinstein Competition. In2010 she received the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and was included in the BBC series of New Generation Artists. The Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus nominated her as their Rising Star for the 2011–12 season; she also won the ECHO-Klassik award as Newcomer of the Year in 2012. In the current season Khatia Buniatishvili is giving recitals in Berlin, Vienna, Brussels, London and New York, touring with the Munich Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel and appearing as guest at the Gstaad Festival.