Ghosts (2018)

Chopin

Nino Gvetadze

There comes a point in life when we look back, trying to gain a sense of perspective, and we see ourselves in a different light. We are haunted by memories and doubts, whirring around our minds like ghosts. They tell us of past hopes, love, admiration, but also loneliness, pain and despair. We stand at the edge, looking back, contemplating those moments, wondering, what if? And we realise: there is no turning back.

Chopin looked back and evoked for us the story of his life in his 24 Preludes. Through the medium of these works, he revealed his deepest fears and sorrows, but also the beauty and integrity of his heart. The story of these ghosts culminates in tolling bells which are, in Cortot’s words, “Of blood, of earthly pleasure, of death...” But what follows? A pause: silence, timeless solitude, in the Etude Op.10, No.6. Then, suddenly, the soul wakes up and waltzes into space.

The album ends with the Scherzo No.2, “like a charnel house”, or house of the dead, as Chopin apparently described the opening – yet the finale sounds like a celebration of life. And so our ghostly journey ends with fireworks, with smiling and shining, looking far into the future...

Nino Gvetadze

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Nino Gvetadze

Born and raised in Tbilisi, Nino Gvetadze studied in Tbilisi with Veronika Tumanishvili, Nodar Gabunia and Nana Khubutia. After her graduation Nino moved to the Netherlands to study with Paul Komen and Jan Wijn. Since 2008 Nino plays in "Arosa Trio" with violinist Frederieke Saeijs and cellist Maja Bogdanovic. She is currently based in Amsterdam. 

Her performances have been praised by many critics throughout the Europe and Asia. Nino received various awards, the most important were the Second Prize, Press Prize and Audience Award at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition 2008. She became the winner of prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2010.

Nino Gvetadze has performed with many outstanding conductors such as Michel Plasson, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Michel Tabachnik, John Axelrod and Jaap van Zweden and with orchestras such as the Rotterdam, The Hague, Brussels, Seoul and Netherlands Philharmonic, Bergische and the Rheinische Philharmonie, Münchner Symphoniker and Warsaw Philharmonic amongst others. She went on tour with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam and Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Nino has given various recitals all over the world, among those in Hannover (Pro Musica Preisträger amKlavier-Zyklus), Bayreuth, Herkulessaal and Prinzregententheater Munich, Wigmore Hall London, Bozar Brussels, Tonhalle Zurich, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet at the Spoleto Festival, Lucerne Piano Festival, Bunka-kaikan Hall Tokyo, the Festival Piano aux Jacobins (Toulouse), Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland). In August 2017 Nino performed on famous Prinsengrachtconcert in Amsterdam, where she played chamber music together with Brodsky Quartet.

She was featured in BBC4 documentary "Story of Music" and played Live on Dutch National Television on the instruments of Hector Berlioz and Vladimir Horowitz. Her repertoire stretches from Mozart and Beethoven to Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Prokofiev and further to contemporary music.

Her recordings and interviews are often broadcasted on European radio and TV Stations. In the summer of 2017 Nino Gvetadze signed with Challenge Classics.  

Nino plays on a Steinway Grand Piano, kindly lent to her by the Dutch National Music Instrument Foundation.

photo: from booklet 'Ghosts'

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Ghosts (2018)

Chopin

Nino Gvetadze

Mastering Engineer: Bastiaan Kuijt
Producer: Guido Tichelman
Recording Engineer: Guido Tichelman and Bastiaan Kuijt
Recording location: Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven, the Netherlands on June 12-14, 2017

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Preludes Op. 28 - Agitato in C Major, C.166
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Preludes Op. 28 - Lento in A Minor, C.167
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Preludes Op. 28 - Vivace in G Major, C.168
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Preludes Op. 28 - Largo in E Minor, C.169
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Preludes Op. 28 - Molto allegro in D Major, C.170
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Preludes Op. 28 - Lento assai in B Minor, C.171
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Preludes Op. 28 - Andantino in A Major, C.172
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Preludes Op. 28 - Molto agitato in F# Minor, C.173
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Preludes Op. 28 - Largo in E Major, C.174
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Preludes Op. 28 - Molto allegro in C# Minor, C.175
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Preludes Op. 28 - Vivace in B Major, C.176
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Preludes Op. 28 - Presto in G# Minor, C.177
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Preludes Op. 28 - Lento in F# Major, C.178
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Preludes Op. 28 - Allegro in E-flat Minor, C.179
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Preludes Op. 28 - Sostenuto in D-flat Major, C.180 ?Raindrop
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Preludes Op. 28 - Presto con fuoco in B-flat Minor, C.181
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Preludes Op. 28 - Allegretto in A-flat Major, C.182
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Preludes Op. 28 - Molto allegro in F Minor, C.183
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Preludes Op. 28 - Vivace in E-flat Major, C.184
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Preludes Op. 28 - Largo in C Minor, C.185
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Preludes Op. 28 - Cantabile in B-flat Major, C.186
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Preludes Op. 28 - Molto agitato in G Minor, C.187
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Preludes Op. 28 - Moderato in F Major, C.188
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Preludes Op. 28 - Allegro appassionato in D Minor, C.189
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Etude in E-flat Minor Op. 10, No. 6
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Waltz in A flat Major Op. 69, No. 1
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Waltz in A Minor Op. 34, No. 2
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Waltz in B Minor Op. 69, No. 2
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Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 31
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