François Couturier ‎– Tarkovsky Quartet

ECM Records ‎– ECM 2159, ECM Records ‎– 274 2526
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1 A Celui Qui A Vu L'Ange
Music By [Inspired By "Qui Est Homo" From "Stabat Mater"] – Pergolesi*
2 Tiapa 5:51
3 San Galgano 2:56
4 Maroussia
Music By [Based On "Das Alte Jahr Vergangen Ist"] – J. S. Bach*
5 Mychkine 6:10
6 Mouchette 2:40
7 La Passion Selon Andreï
Music By [With References To "Herr, Unser Herrscher" From "Johannespassion" By] – J. S. Bach*
8 L'Apocalypse 5:40
9 Doktor Faustus
Music By [Allusion To "Sonata For Violoncello And Piano"] – Dmitri Shostakovitch*
10 Sardor 2:53
11 La Main Et L'Oiseau 3:12
12 De L'Autre Côté Du Miroir 4:46

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Recorded December 2009
Auditorio Radiotelevisione svizzera, Lugano

An ECM Production

In collaboration with RSI Rete Due, Lugano

Photograph of Andrei Tarkovsky © Swedish Film Institute

Printed in Germany

Liner photographer's credit "Baptiste Lignet / Otra Vista" refers to the art studio Baptiste Lignet works for.

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  • Barcode (Printed): 6 02527 42526 9
  • Barcode (Scanned): 602527425269
  • Matrix / Runout: 06025 275 252-6 01 + 52664329 ['Universal' logo 4x]
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LV27
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0115
  • Mould SID Code (Mould text): MADE IN GERMANY BY EDC D
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Label Code: LC 02516
  • SPARS Code: DDD


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September 17, 2013

Review by William Ruhlmann
In 2005, French pianist François Couturier organized a quartet with cellist Anja Lechner, accordionist Jean-Louis Matinier, and soprano saxophonist Jean-Marc Larché to record Nostalghia: Song for Tarkovsky, released by ECM in 2006, an album that paid tribute to Soviet film director Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986), not by playing music used in his films, but instead by creating new compositions, played in a jazz/classical hybrid, that evoked the moods of the filmmaker's works. The group toured as the Tarkovsky Quartet, and the 2011 album Tarkovsky Quartet is a follow-up recording in the same manner; since Couturier's 2009 solo piano CD Un Jour Si Blanc also paid tribute to Tarkovsky, it can be seen as the completion of a trilogy. As with Nostalghia, the quartet also overtly references various classical composers in the music, with the opening track, "A Celui Qui a Vu l'Ange," based on Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater," "Doktor Faustus" on Shostakovitch's "Sonata for Violoncello and Piano, Op. 40," and "Maroussia" and "La Passion Selon Andrei" drawing on Johann Sebastian Bach. The nearly ambient "San Galagno," with its glacially slow presentation of notes; the oddly atonal "Sardor," a collection of squeaks and squawks; and "Le Main et l'Oiseau" ("The Hand and the Bird") are all group improvisations by the four musicians. The actual relation to Tarkovsky is more inferential than specific, as an examination of the titles indicates. Whereas the tracks on Nostalghia often referred to actual Tarkovsky films, those here are more tangential. "Myshkin," for instance, is the name of a character in the fiction of Dostoyevsky about whom Tarkovsky intended to make a movie, but never did; he also wanted to direct a film based on Thomas Mann's novel Doktor Faustus, but did not. Leaving aside such associations, the quartet's music can be seen as contemplative, improvisational third-stream jazz very much in the ECM style, even if the cinematic and literary allusions are part of the overall appreciation of it.