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Anja Lechner & François Couturier: Lontano

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1. ANJA+ FRANÇOISALechbyMark Mushettease1

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.

 

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