About the album
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“Nightbook” from the Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi is known from the award winning film "Intouchables" (2011). The music of this composer and artist is rarely performed by other artists, Hanna Devich is the first pianist daring to release this exciting piece on CD. Devich presents the piece with great passion and emotion, which beautifully contrasts the original version.
In the past few years, Hanna Devich has been very successful with the Devich trio. “Nightbook”, her first solo project, not only reflects her extensive musical knowledge but also her roots in classical music. In her playing she discovers parallels with the nocturnes of Frédéric Chopin. Playing solo enabled her to put all her emotions and creativity into her music and gives room to her temperament.
The pianist Hanna Devich was born in Budapest and comes from a musical family. She was invited at the tender age of ten to join the young talent class of the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest. Here she received her soloist diploma in 1991. She followed masterclasses from Gyorgy Sebok, Gyorgy Kurtag, Zoltan Kocsis and of course from her father, Sandor Devich.
Hanna Devich has been living in The Netherlands for a number of years and is well loved as a concert pianist, having performed and recorded extensively as soloist and chamber musician. She also is an experienced chamber music coach. As a member of the Ensemble Contrasten, Hanna won the third prize in the International Chamber Music Competition of Caltanisetta.
Together with soprano Vera Lansink she formed a duo performing songs by Gershwin, Bernstein and many other romantic works. In 2005 Hanna made the first recording of the Piano Concerto by Geza Frid for Hungaroton. In 2003 she met the South African violinist Sarah Oates and the Dutch cellist Jasper Havelaar. After their first performance in Germany, the three were convinced they had found the ideal chamber music partners.
In a short time the Devich Trio managed to show a very impressive repertoire list. The number of concert engagements is increasing every year, with bookings in Holland, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Singapore, India and Curacao. In 2005 the trio won the public prize at the Uitmarkt in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
Einaudi's bekende muziek voor het eerst opgenomen door een andere musicus
Het indrukwekkende stuk Nightbook van de Italiaanse componist Ludovico Einaudi is bekend van de prijswinnende film Intouchables (2011). De muziek van Einaudi is geschikt voor een zeer breed publiek, maar wordt zelden uitgevoerd door andere musici. Hanna Devich is de eerste pianist die zich eraan waagt om dit werk op te nemen.
Devich is naast pianist ook pianodocent. Ze kwam in contact met de werken van Einaudi toen ze op zoek was naar muziek voor haar leerlingen. Ze begon zelf Einaudi te spelen, en de muziek paste haar als een handschoen! Op dit album geeft ze haar eigen interpretatie van de muziek van Einaudi. Haar dynamische, expressieve en gepassioneerde uitvoering van Nightbook verschilt van het orgineel, en maakt de muziek nog mooier en interessanter. Daarnaast legt Devich ook een verband tussen Nightbook en de Nocturnes van Chopin.
Hanna Devich is een voormalig lid van het Devich Trio, dat over de hele wereld heeft opgetreden en in 2005 de publieksprijs op de Uitmarkt heeft gewonnen. Nadat het trio werd opgeheven heeft ze heeft besloten om solist te worden zodat ze haar gevoelens beter kan uitdrukken in de muziek. Dit album zal haar ongetwijfeld vele uitnodigingen voor concerten in binnen- en buitenland opleveren!
Die Pianistin Hanna Devich interpretiert die Musik von Ludovico Einaudi mit starken Emotionen und dynamischen Spannungsbögen. Die ungarische Künstlerin sieht zwischen "Nightbook" und den "Nocturnes" von Frederic Chopin schon allein deshalb eine Verbindung, weil beides "Nachtmusiken" sind. Träume, Gedanken, Wünsche und Ängste spiegeln sich in den Stücken wider und Hanna Devich legt diese in ihr Spiel. Damit beschenkt sie die Zuhörer, die in den Konzerten bereits voller Enthusiasmus auf ihre Interpretationen reagierten. Die populäre Musik Einaudis erfährt durch Hanna Devich eine neue, ergreifende Dimension.
La musica del pianista e compositore torinese Ludovico Einaudi viene raramente eseguita da altri artisti e Hanna Devich è la prima pianista che osa registrare questa musica coinvolgente. La pianista ungherese interpreta Nightbook, il celebre album uscito nel 2009, con una passione e una tensione dinamica che non si era ancora sentita in questi pezzi.
Nightbook, il suo primo progetto solistico, non solo riflette il suo ampio orizzonte musicale ma anche le sue radici nella musica classica.
«Ho comprato lo sparito di Nightbook e siccome ho una formazione classica ho cercato naturalmente di interpretare i brani come fossero dei Notturni di Chopin. Del resto anche Nightbook è musica ‘notturna’, e ho pensato che anche la musica di Einaudi potesse avere questo stesso approccio. Con molta più emozione e molto più romanticismo, molta più dinamica e molti più cambi di tempo.
Se si ascolta Einaudi il suo approccio non è intenso, è molto bello e “easy listening”, ma non è quell’ascolto che ti prende sul piano emotivo. Ecco perché ho reinterpretato questi brani, con tutto il mio bagaglio di emozioni e di esperienze».
Hanna Devich, dalle note di copertina
A must have!
"While Einaudi performs his own music very serene and balanced, Devich plays with emotion, tempo changes and dynamics differ. The result of her interpretation speaks for itself"
Akkoord Magazine, 10-12-2013
Her play is a felicitous assortment of clarity and emotionality and very sensitive in dynamics.
Nightbook is a small miracle.
HP de tijd, 17-5-2013
The Hungarian approaches Ludovico as she would approach Chopin. Without sensationalism, with restrained drama. An ambitious project that largely succeeds: Einaudi remains feather light but his compositions seem far from interchangeable
The recording and performance are alright, but this does not really matter.
geen quote - niet een hele goeie recensie
This being your first album, did you experience a significant difference between playing live and recording an album?
Valentina: "In a concert hall you get to play the music for your audience just once, then it's over. That's the moment you have worked towards, and either it turns out good or not. There is no do-overs. While recording a CD, everything has to be good, so re-playing certain parts is a possibility and necessity. Because of the absence of an audience you get to focus 100% on the music, which makes a recording process much more introvert. It is just you and the music. This focus and the process of re-recording lead to new ideas. Like: Yes it really ís wonderful if I choose to play it more like this. I have noticed that during the recording sessions my love for these pieces has grown because of this.
What determined you choice of repertoire?
Valentina: "The first piece I ever won a prize for - I was twelve years old - was a Bartok sonatina. My Hungarian grandfather used to sing the songs connected to this music to me. I felt that the emphasises were different than in Dutch. I asked my mom if we had any more Hungarian music on CD. That's the way I discovered I wanted to play these pieces. I used to play the Romanian dances by Bartok over and over. That music is beautiful beyond words! When I was asked to put together a CD programm, I reacted: what can I add to the music that's already out there? I soon found out that the Hungarian music suited me well."
With Einaudi's music, somethimes there is a certain monotony in wait, partly due to the petetitive musical and harmoniv pattern. It is Hanna's merit, that on this album the attentention is permantly stimulated.