“Kaleidoscope: Khatia Buniatishvili”
|Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky||Pictures at an Exhibition (for piano) (Tableaux d'une exposition).|
|Maurice Ravel||La Valse.|
|Igor Feodorovich Stravinsky||Three Movements from Petrushka.|
Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano).
Khatia Buniatishvili’s new recording Kaleidoscope, a unique combination of masterful and challenging pieces, shows her true virtuosic playing and features the well-loved Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, Ravel’s La Valse and Stravinsky’s Petruschka.
Given that these pieces all have an orchestral version, the pianist must bring out this larger palette of colours on a single instrument. Khatia does just that, painting her own picture of the pieces, how they are interwoven and the special characters she wants to emphasize.
There is a strong sense of character about the programme – it is music to be seen as well as heard, and it takes in other art forms as well: dance, puppetry and painting. The movement and colours of these other art forms are encapsulated in Khatia’s playing and the album’s title, Kaleidoscope.