Anja Lechner & François Couturier: Lontano
Anja Lechner (cello), François Couturier (piano)
The musical collaboration between the cellist Ana Lechner and the pianist François Couturier is long-standing; together they have given numerous concerts and recorded acclaimed albums, both as a duo and with the Tarkovsky Quartet.
Their successful Moderato project alternated between Eastern and Western music. Now, with Lontano, the German cellist and the French pianist cover a wide-ranging spectrum, performing well-known melodies by Giya Kancheli and Anouar Brahem among others, yet always leaving space for personal improvising and performance. Couturier has also composed new pieces serving as a nexus and providing a context for the development of free improvisation and performance.
The two musicians have refined the art of listening. They never play a superfluous note and they improvise with moderation, but deliberately. They take their time to listen closely and pay meticulous attention to the timbric nuances as they develop. The result is a true musical delight of exceptional elegance.