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Sketches XIII​-​XVI

by Sergey Akhunov

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On the project

This project aspires to bring together three types of art: the art of composition, the art of restoration and performing art. The Piano Museum provided us with numerous opportunities for this offering a wide selection of instruments. Our choice fell on the following three: Blüthner 1908, Carl Goetze 1895 and Diederichs Frères (end of 19th c.).

On sound recording and music as a live process

Sound recording brought about a new approach to music. It offers the listener a certain unchangeable, fixed standard. The reality of music, however, is different. Any performance is a live process which depends on a myriad of nuances that must come together at a certain point in time, such as the acoustics of a concert hall, the mood of the audience and, lastly, the performer’s frame of mind. This is the reason why every subsequent performance differs from the previous one in many fine details and a discerning listener is perfectly capable of sensing it.

By recording the same sketches on different pianos we aimed at capturing the musical process itself rather than a piece of music as such, in which every instrument expresses itself and somehow suggests its own interpretation of the music, so that one and the same musical piece could be perceived as different each time it is being played.

Sergey Akhunov


released September 17, 2021

Varvara Myagkova: piano

Composed by: Sergey Akhunov
Dedicated to: Varvara Myagkova

Recorded by: Alexander Volkov, The Piano Museum of Alexey Stavitsky, Rybinsk, March 31, 2021
Edited, mixed and mastered by: Alexander Volkov

Texts translated by: Anna Nikolaeva
Booklet photos by: Alexander Panov
Cover by: Alexander Panov


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