Lisa Batiashvili’s debut album for DG, Echoes of Time
, is a matter of the heart - Lisa focuses her programme on composers whose lives and work have been heavily influenced by the political happenings in former Soviet Union. Inspired by personal experience, Lisa herself went into German exile with her family during the political upheaval in Georgia in 1991.
The programme spans the whole of the 20th century, classics by Shostakovich ("Waltz from the Doll’s Dances") and Rachmaninov’s ever popular "Vocalise" are combined with Georgian composer, Giya Kancheli’s "V and V", and Estonian, Arvo Pärt’s "Spiegel im Spiegel", written shortly before the composer went into exile.
For Pärt’s "Spiegel im Spiegel" and Rachmaninov’s "Vocalise" Lisa teams up with one of DG’s most distinctive pianists, Hélène Grimaud. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Symphonieorchester des bayerischen Rundfunks.