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Lebanese Piano Music / Primak-Khoury


Release Date: 11/11/2016 
Label:  Grand Piano   Catalog #: 715   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Anis FuleihanHoutaf KhouryBoghos GelalianGeorges Baz,   ... 
Performer:  Tatiana Primak-Khoury
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With the sea to the West and the Orient to the East, Lebanon is located exactly where both worlds meet. A remarkable blend of these influences can be heard in this exploration of three generations of Lebanese music, from Toufic Succar’s classically carefree Variations and Georges Baz’s “commemoration of Impressionism”, via the uncompromising modernity of Boghos Gelalian’s turbulent Toccata and Houtaf Khoury’s Third Sonata that represents “life in a country where politics shatter every dream.” The emotional intensity of these pieces reflect both a unique national temperament and the dramatic times in which they were written. With the sea to the West and the Orient to the East, Lebanon is located exactly where both worlds meet. A remarkable blend of these influences can be heard in this exploration of three generations of Lebanese music, from Toufic Succar’s classically carefree Variations and Georges Baz’s “commemoration of Impressionism”, via the uncompromising modernity of Boghos Gelalian’s turbulent Toccata and Houtaf Khoury’s Third Sonata that represents “life in a country where politics shatter every dream.” The emotional intensity of these pieces reflect both a unique national temperament and the dramatic times in which they were written. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Piano Sonata No. 9 by Anis Fuleihan
Performer:  Tatiana Primak-Khoury (Piano)
Written: 1970 
Venue:  Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 1 Secs. 
2.
Piano Sonata No. 3 ("Pour un Instant Perdu...") by Houtaf Khoury
Performer:  Tatiana Primak-Khoury (Piano)
Written: 2013 
Venue:  Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 21 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3.
Tre Cicli, for piano by Boghos Gelalian
Performer:  Tatiana Primak-Khoury (Piano)
Written: 1969 
Venue:  Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 56 Secs. 
4.
Canzona e Toccata for piano by Boghos Gelalian
Performer:  Tatiana Primak-Khoury (Piano)
Written: 1981 
Venue:  Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 50 Secs. 
5.
Esquisses for piano by Georges Baz
Performer:  Tatiana Primak-Khoury (Piano)
Written: 1959 
Venue:  Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 5 Secs. 
6.
Variations sur un theme Oriental, for piano by Toufic Succar
Performer:  Tatiana Primak-Khoury (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Lebanon 
Venue:  Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Reviews about this Cd February 19, 2017 By Houtaf  khoury See All My Reviews "This disc is yet another demonstration of the universality of music and how difficult it is to pigeon-hole it, but then, why should anyone want to, for music simply is a unique art form that is best left alone to speak for itself. Tatiana Primak-Khoury is a sensitive player, who has managed to convey the multiplicity of moods the composers featured displayed in their music and is a great ambassador for this small country’s rich musical heritage. It is an extremely interesting and highly enjoyable disc. Steve Arloff , musicweb-international.com I have much relished the pieces recorded here. I would advise anyone with an ear for the unusual to search out a copy. There is much to discover and it will certainly make this reviewer look out for more music by these fascinating and little known men of Lebanese music. Gary Higginson , musicweb-international.com Grand Piano could not have found a more perfect pianist to tackle this program. She's a staunch champion of Lebanese music and even married to Houtaf Khoury, which leaves me in no doubt that we're hearing the authoritative performance of his sonata. Beyond that, her playing is visceral, scintillating, and sensitive to the colors and moods of these pieces. Recorded sound is excellent. Hexameron , .amazon.com A terrifically rewarding and varied disc, then, offering a plethora of world premiere releases. Recording standards are excellent. Colin Clarke , fanfarearchive.com This is one of the most pleasant surprises to arrive from Fanfareheadquarters in quite some time. I did not expect it to be as fascinating and beautiful as it is. As a bonus, it is beautifully played and recorded as well. Nothing here sounds like a newly learned reading. Each performance carries conviction and abandon, and a wide range of keyboard colors. Everything except the pieces by Baz and Succar are disc premieres. Add detailed, informative, well-written and translated program notes, and you have a total winner. Henry Fogel , fanfarearchive.com Most striking, to my ears, is Khoury’s knotty Third Sonata—the longest, most recent, and most intellectually and emotionally challenging work on the disc. Primak-Khoury plays with sensitivity, confidence, and technical panache (for a sample of her virtuosity, listen to how well she handles the vital syncopations in the Gelalian Toccata)—and while the sound is a notch below state-of-the-art, there are no serious complaints. Well worth your attention. Peter J. Rabinowitz , fanfarearchive.com Sie ist eine exzellente Sachwalterin nicht nur der Klaviermusik ihres Mannes, nein, all der Stücke, die auf dieser faszinierenden Scheibe erklingen. Nicht aber Tatjana Primak-Khoury, die mit dieser Einspielung der libanesischen Klaviermusik den denkbar besten Dienst erweist und uns mit einer wunderbaren, bisher unbekannten Kunst bekannt macht. Ulrich Hermann, the-new-listener.de This album is a compilation of world-class compositions performed by an artist with an awareness of, and appreciation for, the weight and quality of each note. Jacqueline Kharouf Fanfare, March 2017 I take Primak-Khoury’s performances at face value and in outstanding recorded sound. Discover the disc and be pleasantly surprised. David Denton ,David's Review Corner" Report Abuse
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