My third album is called “Innerlichkeit”, which is an old German word. It can be translated as genuineness, intimacy, “insideness”. Johannes Brahms, a composer whom I love, like many other composers sometimes used this word to describe his own music. It is about various, but mostly melancholic states of the human soul.
This CD includes pieces that are somewhat different from the motoric style of my minimalistic works. In these compositions I was meditating, being both sad and filled with a quiet joy of existence.
The creation of the sextet “The City I Love and Hate” was initiated by my friend and fellow pianist, Alexei Lubimov. It is about my city – Moscow, where I’ve lived for almost 40 years. I love this place. But, each time I return to it from other places, I hate it for the suffocating smog; for the snow, black from dirt and chemicals; for the grim faces of passersby and for the fact that the changes in its external appearance are not always for the better. Soon, this feeling passes and I once more start enjoying the architecture, friends, and time with my family. Again I love Moscow for what it is.
The piece called “Past Perfect” was born in a close collaboration with my friend, pianist Ksenia Bashmet. I have been writing this piece for 9 months, an unusually long time for me, and can be said to have been struggling in agony, constantly rejecting the composed material. It is music about something to forget forever. The piece was written in a difficult time for me and life circumstances led to its sad mood. Surprisingly, it turned out to be consonant with the condition and state of Ksenia Bashmet and, therefore, we can say that we wrote the music together.
The three-part cycle “Innerlichkeit” is the most important work for me in recent years. The working process began as an attempt to write music about a romantic and complex relationship between a cancer patient and his nurse. The composition didn’t work out and, for a while, I gave up the idea. Later I became friends with a minister of the world’s northernmost Orthodox Trifonov-Pechenga monastery, monk Damian. Communicating with him has helped me to arrange the music in a cycle that completes the disc. Here, I have tried to express the beauty of northern nature, the purity of monastic people’s souls. Just like a sculptor I cut off all of the unnecessary, optional, and superficial and tried to express my love for people, family, children, nature and God.
released December 2, 2016
1.The City I Love and Hate
Alexei Lubimov: piano
 Alexei Lubimov
 Culturescapes Music Festival, Basel, Switzerland
[1-5, Mikhail Spasskiy
Small Hall of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, 2015-2016
Organ Hall of the Gnessin Moscow Special School of Music, Moscow, 2015
Alexander Volkov, Farida Uzbekova
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