Khatia Buniatishvili: Motherland

August 25, 2014

Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili explores classics from Bach, Ravel, and others, as well as the Georgian folk music of her childhood.


There is a lot of negativity about the "millennial" generation. They are selfish, they are spoiled, and they don't understand or respect the past. Much of the conversation about people in their twenties seems to ignore the actual experience and behavior of the millions of young people flocking to cities to find a sense of community, their unabashed affection for artifacts from the past, and the bond they have formed with their families.  


Described as "the young Georgian firebrand," Khatia Buniatishvili is a young, talented pianist who blends technical brilliance with a uniquely sorrowful sound that she describes as heavily influenced by the Georgian folk music of her youth. Khatia is undoubtedly part of a new generation of musicians, sorting through the complexity of their time, and the depth of their past.

Buniatishvili has been quoted by Classical FM explaining that "the piano is the blackest instrument, a symbol of musical solitude…" That solitude is palpable in Motherland, a tribute to both her mother and her homeland. The album is a deeply personal approach to solo piano works, ranging from Bach to Arvo Pärt, in which she explores a longing for home, for the simplicity of the past, and what her mother offered as her first piano teacher.

The stylistic, historical, and technical range of the album is considerable. Motherland juxtaposes the lightness of a Slavonic Dance by Dvorák with the graceful introspection of Liszt ’s "Lullaby," as well as an original arrangement by Buniatishvili of a Georgian folk song. Through it all she imbues each piece with the grace, sensitivity and beauty she is known for. 

Khatia Buniatishvili makes it clear that the heart of classical piano is alive and well in her generation: full of equal parts respect and personality, Motherland transports everyone home.


For more information and to purchase this recording, visit  ArkivMusic.

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