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The most passionate outpouring of emotion comes in her own arrangement of Vaguiorko ma, a Georgian folk song that surely must hold a special place in her emotional world. Because this is a gentle and poignant album, listeners may find it is best appreciated in a quiet space with few distractions. This pianist has already recorded two albums for Sony, one consisting of selections from the piano music of Liszt and the other of Chopin, including the Second Piano Concerto. Here she presents a very wide-ranging collection of what appear to be her personal favourites.
Claire de lune - Khatia Buniatishvili - Motherland (CD extend from the baroque to the present day. There is no evidence here of the barnstorming virtuosic approach that occasioned complaints from several critics at her Queen Elizabeth Hall recital in London during June — although not at Seen and Heard. The same critics also however complained that she has been overly enthusiastically promoted by her record company.
This complaint is given some substance by the booklet notes provided with this issue. Then again this review should not be coloured by the hype that Sony have provided. We should simply address what we are given in musical terms. She begins at a very slow speed, gradually picking up pace in the middle section Album) delivering some Album) poised arpeggiated chords; but there is a sense of the impressionistic mistiness distancing the listener from the music.
Debussy can be more clearly delineated than this without ruining the atmosphere.
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