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Lisa Batiashvili

Secret Love Letters w/Giorgi Gigashvili, Phil Orch

Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: August 19, 2022

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Lisa Batiashvili documentary Part 1
1 Franck, C: Violin Sonata in A major / I. Allegretto ben moderato  
2 II. Allegro  
3 III. Recitativo - Fantasia (Ben moderato)  
4 IV. Allegretto poco mosso  
5 Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35 / I. Vivace Assai  
6 II. Vivace Scherzando  
7 III. Tempo comodo. Allegretto  
8 Chausson: Poème for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 25 / I. Lento e misterioso  
9 II. Poco Lento  
10 Debussy: Beau Soir  
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“What would human life be like,” asks Lisa Batiashvili, “without this range of emotions and feelings which we feel cannot be shared with anyone?” Her new album celebrates the fine art of concealment, of holding private passions just beneath the surface until they erupt. Secret Love Letters, set for release by Deutsche Grammophon on 19 August 2022, sees the Georgian-born German violinist explore some of the most romantic music ever written. In this, her first recording with a US orchestra, she is joined by The Philadelphia Orchestra and its inspirational Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin – with whom she has performed live many times – as well as by young Georgian pianist Giorgi Gigashvili. Together they embark on a journey that spans everything from forbidden love to romance seen from the perspective of old age.

“There are so many hidden messages in music, things that cannot be put into words,” notes Lisa. “Something very obvious unites the four pieces I’ve chosen for the album, by Chausson, Debussy, Franck and Szymanowski. It’s the message of love that is there in the music, in many different facets and colours, and so much of that message is secret and intimate.” Her long-time collaborator Nézet-Séguin is on the same wavelength: “One of my favorite quotes in life is that music starts where words stop. What’s so special about music is that it allows us to say things that sometimes we can’t even express to ourselves.”

Accompanying Lisa on piano in her final choice of music for Secret Love Letters is none other than Yannick Nézet-Séguin himself. Debussy’s Beau soir was originally conceived as a song, to lyrics by the novelist and critic Paul Bourget, and its exquisite depiction of an idyllic sunset inspired legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz to make a sultry arrangement for violin and piano. “Debussy was a messenger of the most magical atmosphere, fantasy and purity one can only imagine,” observes Batiashvili.

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