Ved Anja Lechner & Francois Couturier
On Moderato Cantabile they present their own arrangements of works by three fascinating outsiders from the margins of music history G.I. Gurdjieff, Komitas, and Federico Mompou. To differing degree their music reveals influences from the east, both in terms of relationship to folk traditions and religious music, and philosophically.
A contemplative air pervades the session. The program has connections to Anja Lechners acclaimed account of Gurdjiefs music on the earlier “Chants, Hymns and Dances” (with Vassilis Tsabropoulos), but the new duo has its own identity, and time spent in Armenia has deepened Lechners understanding of the contexts from which the music emerged: her cello assumes almost a singers role in these pieces, exploring the strong melodies.
ECM – 2014