The artistry of Friedrich Lips,
one of the greatest classical accordionists ever, by many regarded
as 'the greatest', is well known around the globe.
Lips's selection for this recording
is a variety of Spanish, Argentinean and Russian pieces. The works
of the Spaniards: Albeniz, Granados, the Cuban Lecuona and the
Brazilian Villa-Lobos are well known in their versions for the
piano, guitar and also symphony orchestra. On this recording we
can hear them in Lips's transcription for the bayan, presented
inspiringly, with the wideness in expressions and with a lot of
feeling for the very essence of the Spanish spirituality.
A 'bridge' piece between the Spanish
and Russian compositions is a miniature by the Argentinean composer
Piazzolla, which takes us into the immortal world of the tango,
performed with a mature passion and noble emotions.
Characteristic of Schedrin's works
(who is one of Russia's most important and prominent contemporary
composers) is their colorful melodies and refined humor. Lips
brings to us this simplicity and warmth of the melodizm and settleness
of the humor with great mastery.
The last piece on the recording
is "De Profundis" by Sofia Gubaidulina, inspired by the well known
religious psalm "From the depths of my despair I call to you Lord".
Written in Contemporary music language, this piece describes the
spiritual travel of a human soul from the darkest and deepest
points of despair through fighting full of suffering and pain
to the light and hope.
This recording is a masterpiece
and definitely worth purchasing.