Emily Dickinson’s works, like her life, are for me the mystery that makes you think about the nature of talent, about its miraculous, extraterrestrial origin.
It is hard to believe that a modest girl, who had spent most of her life as a hermit, could write so many fantastic poems - subtle, philosophical, frighteningly deep, and still relevant. It is said that few people knew that Emily was writing - about a dozen works were published during her life. Only after her death about a thousand eight hundred poems were discovered in her room.
My acquaintance with the work of the poetess was purely coincidental - I came across her poem when I was looking for lyrics for a melody that was annoyingly scrolling through my head day after day. I was amazed both by the text itself and by how well it fit the music. What a distinctive language, punctuation, what metaphors and whimsically built phrases! Knowing English not so well, I still experienced a certain thrill and immediately felt something very unusual, but at the same time absolutely familiar and surprisingly understandable in these lines. I began to dig further discovering better and better, more interesting and even more interesting things! Gradually the idea of a whole album of music based upon these texts matured. Some poems became songs’ lyrics, others were read and improvised at the studio.
I really hope that this album will not only please the listener, but will also interest him or her to go on an independent journey of the great and mysterious creativity of Emily Dickinson, who, it seems, came to us from distant worlds.
Victor Arkharov, translated by Oleg Krokhalev
released April 5, 2019
Victor Arkharov: bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone
Efim Malkis: piano
Alexandra Kurkova: vocals [1, 2, 4, 7]
IYULINA: vocals [5, 8]
Pavel Lineykin: vocals [3, 6]
Composed by: Victor Arkharov [1, 3, 5, 7]
Improvised by: One Album Trio [2, 4, 6, 8]
Lyrics by: Emily Dickinson 1830-1886
Recorded by: Kira Malevskaya, Petersburg Recording Studio, august 2018
Edited, mixed by: Kira Malevskaya
Mastered by: Ruslan Zaipold
Cover photo by: Pavel Kondratiev #northdocru
Special thanks to: Alexander Gribanov, Sergey Dolgov, Andrey Gavrilov
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This album comprises a brilliant rendering of one of the most important works in the history of polyphonic music, but the main reason I've bought it is the last fugue. There's evidence that Bach actually completed it, but died while writing the final copy. Everything after bar #239 is lost. Contrary to some others, Kimiko Ishizaka's own 2:30 minutes completing the work in a most seamless way don't add the composition cycle's main theme, but process the three themes introduced before only. Sven B. Schreiber