Kirill Gerstein on 'Music in the Time of War'

Friday, April 12, 2024

Kirill Gerstein's new album links two composers – Debussy and Komitas – in a programme of powerful memories

Kirill Gerstein’s new album, timed for release mid-way between the anniversary of the death of Claude Debussy (on March 25) and Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day (April 24), pairs music by Debussy and the Armenian, Komitas. Both composers were profoundly affected by the death and destruction surrounding them during the First World War, and both responded with music of multi-layered intensity. Gerstein links late Debussy piano music with Komitas’s piano works, as well as songs by each composer.

'Music in the Time of War' is released to stream and download by Platoon, and on two CDs with a substantial book of essays next month by Myrios. James Jolly spoke to Kirill Gerstein to learn about the project and why he brought together these two powerful musical voices in the same programme.

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