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Labyrinth

Khatia Buniatishvili

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Lang Lang would have called it Piano Book. But Cartier’s new muse decided to add a touch of mystery. Once again surfing on the wave of neo-classical-ambient piano initiated by the likes of Nils Frahm and Alexis Ffrench, one of the most famous personalities in the classical world has decided to bring her audience a collection of inescapable pieces. The works have a subtle feel and a gently melancholic character, captured in an acoustic recording (in the Grande Salle Pierre Boulez at the Philharmonie de Paris) where the recording’s fluffy character has deliberately been enhanced. Labyrinth is a playlist of some of the classical repertoire’s greatest hits. We find the likes of Satie’s Gymnopédie No. 1, J.S. Bach's Badinerie, Rachmaninov’s Prelude No. 4 Vocalise, Couperin’s Les barricades mystérieuses and Liszt’s Consolation No. 3.


Throughout the 18 pieces, which include at least two lesser-known pieces (Villa-Lobos’ Valsa da dor and Pärt’s Pari intervallo), Khatia Buniatishvili doesn’t force contrasts. Instead, she plunges the listener into another dimension. Style is no longer the Georgian pianist’s concern. Emotion becomes abstract. There is only one spirit; that of her travelling soul.


Nothing - and no one - will be able to compete with the profoundly philosophical character of this new concept album. “The labyrinth”, says the artist “is our fate and creation; our impasse and deliverance; the polyphony of life, senses, reawakened dreams and the neglected present; unexpected and expected turnings of the said or unsaid... The labyrinth of our mind.” © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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Deborah's Theme (From "Once upon a Time in America") (Ennio Morricone)

1
Deborah's Theme (From "Once upon a Time in America")
00:05:22

Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano - Ennio Morricone, Composer - Khatia Buniatishvili, Arrangement - Jack Ryan Smith, Executive Producer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Hugo Scremin, Recording Engineer, Editing

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

3 Gymnopédies (Erik Satie)

2
No. 1 Lent et douloureux
00:03:30

Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano - Erik Satie, Composer - Jack Ryan Smith, Executive Producer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Hugo Scremin, Recording Engineer, Editing

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

Prelude No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 28 (Frédéric Chopin)

3
Prelude No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 28
00:02:47

Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano - Frederic Chopin, Composer - Jack Ryan Smith, Executive Producer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Hugo Scremin, Recording Engineer, Editing

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

Etudes, Book 1 (György Ligeti)

4
No. 5 Arc-en-ciel
00:04:07

Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano - György Ligeti, Composer - Jack Ryan Smith, Executive Producer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Hugo Scremin, Recording Engineer, Editing

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

5
Badinerie (Arr. for four hands)
00:01:19

Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano - Gvantsa Buniatishvili, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Khatia Buniatishvili, Arrangement - Jack Ryan Smith, Executive Producer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Hugo Scremin, Recording Engineer, Editing

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BMV 1068 "Air On The G String" (Johann Sebastian Bach)

6
Air on the G String
00:05:18

Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Jack Ryan Smith, Executive Producer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Hugo Scremin, Recording Engineer, Editing

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

Vocalise No. 14, Op. 34 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

7
Vocalise No. 14, Op. 34
00:06:17

Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Alan Richardson, Arrangement - Jack Ryan Smith, Executive Producer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Hugo Scremin, Recording Engineer, Editing

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

La Javanaise (Serge Gainsbourg)

8
La Javanaise
00:03:23

Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano - Serge Gainsbourg, Composer - Khatia Buniatishvili, Arrangement - Jack Ryan Smith, Executive Producer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Hugo Scremin, Recording Engineer, Editing

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

Valsa da dor (Heitor Villa-Lobos)

9
Valsa da dor
00:05:20

Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano - Heitor Villa-Lobos, Composer - Jack Ryan Smith, Executive Producer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Hugo Scremin, Recording Engineer, Editing

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

Pièces de clavecin, livre II (François Couperin)

10
Les Barricades mystérieuses
00:02:24

Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano - François Couperin, Composer - Jack Ryan Smith, Executive Producer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Hugo Scremin, Recording Engineer, Editing

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

Concerto in D minor, BWV 596 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

11
Sicilienne (Largo)
00:02:53

Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer after - Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in D minor RV 565 - Khatia Buniatishvili, Arrangement - Jack Ryan Smith, Executive Producer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Hugo Scremin, Recording Engineer, Editing

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

6 Klavierstücke, Op. 118 (Johannes Brahms)

12
No. 2 Intermezzo in A Major
00:07:35

Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Jack Ryan Smith, Executive Producer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Hugo Scremin, Recording Engineer, Editing

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

Pari intervallo (Arvo Pärt)

13
Pari intervallo for piano four hands
00:07:50

Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano - Gvantsa Buniatishvili, Piano - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Jack Ryan Smith, Executive Producer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Hugo Scremin, Recording Engineer, Editing

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

I'm Going To Make A Cake (Philip Glass)

14
I'm Going to Make a Cake (from "The Hours" Soundtrack)
00:03:04

Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano - Philip Glass, Composer - Michael Riesman & Nico Muhly, Arrangement - Jack Ryan Smith, Executive Producer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Hugo Scremin, Recording Engineer, Editing

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

Sonata in D minor, K. 32 (Domenico Scarlatti)

15
Sonata in D Minor, K. 32
00:04:43

Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano - Domenico Scarlatti, Composer - Jack Ryan Smith, Executive Producer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Hugo Scremin, Recording Engineer, Editing

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

Consolation in D Flat Major, S. 172 (Franz Liszt)

16
No. 3 Lento placido
00:05:12

Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano - Franz Liszt, Composer - Jack Ryan Smith, Executive Producer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Hugo Scremin, Recording Engineer, Editing

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

4'33" (John Cage)

17
4'33"
00:04:33

Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano - John Cage, Composer - Jack Ryan Smith, Executive Producer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Hugo Scremin, Recording Engineer, Editing

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

Keyboard Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

18
II. Adagio
00:03:42

Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer after Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in D minor - Jack Ryan Smith, Executive Producer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Hugo Scremin, Recording Engineer, Editing

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Lang Lang would have called it Piano Book. But Cartier’s new muse decided to add a touch of mystery. Once again surfing on the wave of neo-classical-ambient piano initiated by the likes of Nils Frahm and Alexis Ffrench, one of the most famous personalities in the classical world has decided to bring her audience a collection of inescapable pieces. The works have a subtle feel and a gently melancholic character, captured in an acoustic recording (in the Grande Salle Pierre Boulez at the Philharmonie de Paris) where the recording’s fluffy character has deliberately been enhanced. Labyrinth is a playlist of some of the classical repertoire’s greatest hits. We find the likes of Satie’s Gymnopédie No. 1, J.S. Bach's Badinerie, Rachmaninov’s Prelude No. 4 Vocalise, Couperin’s Les barricades mystérieuses and Liszt’s Consolation No. 3.


Throughout the 18 pieces, which include at least two lesser-known pieces (Villa-Lobos’ Valsa da dor and Pärt’s Pari intervallo), Khatia Buniatishvili doesn’t force contrasts. Instead, she plunges the listener into another dimension. Style is no longer the Georgian pianist’s concern. Emotion becomes abstract. There is only one spirit; that of her travelling soul.


Nothing - and no one - will be able to compete with the profoundly philosophical character of this new concept album. “The labyrinth”, says the artist “is our fate and creation; our impasse and deliverance; the polyphony of life, senses, reawakened dreams and the neglected present; unexpected and expected turnings of the said or unsaid... The labyrinth of our mind.” © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

Details of original recording : Recording : Paris, Philharmonie, La Grande Salle Pierre Boulez, June 16–20, 2020

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