Clare Hammond’s impressive new recording of Sofia Gubaidulina’s “Chaconne” for piano

Clare Hammond’s new piano album “Variations” deals with the most diverse forms of variations as conceived and created by 20th century composer. As well as works by Helmut Lachenmann, Harrison Birtwistle and Aaron Copland, the album also includes a recording of Sofia Gubaidulina’s early work “Chaconne” for solo piano from the 1960s.

The Russian composer, who is to celebrate her 90th birthday on 24 October 2021, created this work when she was still a doctoral student at the Moscow Conservatory. It was premiered by Marina Mdivani, the Georgian-born fourth-prize winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition. Mdivani’s “powerful chord-playing technique as well as her lively temperament”, was precisely what the composer had in mind when writing her Chaconne.  

Clare Hammond strikingly shapes the beginning of the piece, sculpting its bass line founded in the baroque tradition. She concentrates on the richness of variety and the joy of development in this work, which Gubaidulina used to describe as particularly “virtuosic and rich in contrast” compared to a conventional chaconne. 


About the CD: 

Sofia Gubaidulina: 

“Chaconne” for solo piano 

Clare Hammond (piano) 


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