Couturier, Francois - Tarkovsky Quartet

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François Couturier: piano; Anja Lechner: violoncello; Jean-Marc Larché: soprano saxophone; Jean-Louis Matinier: accordion

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"It is to a true inner world that François Couturier and the Tarkovsky Quartet with Anja Lechner, Jean-Louis Matinier and Jean-Marc Larché give us a splendid access. Here are poetic ballads in which the voices of the piano, cello, accordion and saxophone rise up, answer one another, entwine, fade, and return... In which the pulse, like the beating of a heart, and the most imperceptible sounds sketch out a world in which the soul may soar with its entreaty and its dreams. Huge wings unfold, stretch out and close again. The image of dancers comes to mind. A whole protected interior space of long drawn out silences, in which, miraculously, improvisation remains sovereign. This is probably what brings us closest to the 'absolute freedom of the spiritual potential of man' which Andrei Tarkovsky regarded as the essential function of art."
(Charles H. de Brantes, Director of the Andrey Tarkovsky International Institute)

Following on from "Nostalghia - Song for Tarkovsky" (2005) and the solo piano album "Un jour si blanc" (2009), this new recording, made in the responsive acoustic of the Auditorium RSI in Lugano, completes a trilogy for François Couturier. It also opens a new door for his quartet, known henceforth as the Tarkovsky Quartet.

The work of filmmaker Andrei Tarkovksy (1932-1986) continues to provide inspiration for the pianist, and his compositions here are packed with allusions to Tarkovsy's life and art. In a liner note, Charles de Brantes illuminates some of these references, pointing out that the titles of the twelve pieces heard here themselves constitute a series of tributes.

"A celui qui a vu la'ange", for instance, is an epitaph inscribed on Tarkovsky's tombstone. "Tiapa" and "Maroussia" were Tarkovsky's affectionate nicknames for his youngest son and his mother. "Myshkin" is named for the Dostoyevskyan prince whom Tarkovsky often spoke of as an apt film subject. "San Galano" is the ruined abbey in "Nostalghia. "Mouchette" was Tarkovsky's favourite Bresson film, and "Doktor Faustus" the Thomas Mann novel that he longed make into a movie. Tarkovsky wrote the screenplay for the Tajik Western "Sardor", but never filmed it. "La passion selon Andrei" was the original title of Tarkovsky's historical masterpiece. "L'Apocalypse", last book of the Bible (Revelation), is a frequent reference in Tarkovky's last three films, "La main et le oiseau" (The hand and the bird) "feature in the brief scene in 'The Mirror' which Tarkovsky later referred to as his self-portrait. This leads, finally to "De l'autre côté du miroir", the other side of the mirror: through the looking glass toward other destinations for the imagination.
Artikelnummer ECM2159
Streckkod 0602527425269
Utgivningsdatum 2011-04-04
Kategori Jazz
Skivbolag ECM
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Couturier, Francois
Disk: 1
1 A celui qui a vu l'ange
2 Tiapa
3 San Galgano
4 Maroussia
5 Mychkine
6 Mouchette
7 La passion selon Andrej
8 L'Apocalypse
9 Doktor Faustus
10 Sardor
11 La main et l'oiseau
12 De l'autre coté du miroir
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