Khatia Buniatishvili: Motherland

An intimate album of solo piano works from Bach to Arvo Pärt. Classic FM Drive Featured Album, 2 June 2014.

Described as 'the young Georgian firebrand', Khatia Buniatishvili is a thrillingly talented pianist who blends technical brilliance with a uniquely sorrowful sound which is heavily influenced by the Georgian folk-music she grew up with.

This album came in at No.13 in Classic FM's Album of the Year 2014. See the full chart here >

'The piano is the blackest instrument,' she has said, a 'symbol of musical solitude…' And that's very apparent on her new album, following on from a critically acclaimed Chopin recording, which shows off this highly personal approach with solo piano works, ranging from Bach to Arvo Pärt , in which the themes of longing for home, folk dance and the eternal cycle of growth and decay are explored. 

Spanning a broad stylistic and historical range, including pieces from Georgia itself, Motherland juxtaposes the happy lightness of a ‘Slavonic Dance’ by Dvorak with the graceful introspection of Liszt ’s ‘Lullaby’. Throughout them all, Buniatishvili plays with her characteristic grace, sensitivity and beauty.


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