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Ghost Canyon

Title - 'Home'
Artist - Kian Soltani & Aaron Pilsan

For those not in the know, Kian Soltani made his international breakthrough at the age of nineteen with acclaimed debuts in the Vienna Musikverein’s Goldener Saal and at the Hohenems Schubertiade.

He attracted further worldwide attention in April 2013 as winner of the International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki where he was hailed by Ostinato magazine as “a soloist of the highest level among the new generation of cellists”.

In December 2017, Soltani was awarded the prestigious Credit Suisse Young Artist Award and as part of the Lucerne Festival 2018 will perform in concert with the Vienna Philharmonic.

On his debut Deutsche Grammophon album, Home, cellist Soltani traces his musical roots in works by Schubert, Schumann and Iranian composer Reza Vali.

In truth, and as we are all fully aware, there are plenty of young cellists out there, but, and in my humble opinion (although it's been said many times now before me also), very few as versatile as Kian Soltani.

Sonata In A Minor, D.821 „Arpeggione“
[1] 1. Allegro moderato
[2] 2. Adagio
[3] 3. Allegretto

[4] Nacht und Träume, D 827 (Version for Cello and Piano)

Fantasiestücke, Op.73
[5] 1. Zart und mit Ausdruck
[6] 2. Lebhaft, leicht
[7] 3. Rasch und mit Feuer

Adagio und Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70
[8] 1. Langsam, mit innigem Ausdruck
[9] 2. Rasch und feurig

Myrthen, Op.25 (Version For Cello And Piano)
[10] 24. Du bist wie eine Blume

Persian Folk Songs (dedicated to Kian – world premiere recording)
[11] 1. Longing
[12] 2. In Memory Of A Lost Beloved
[13] 3. The Girl From Shiraz
[14] 4. Love Drunk ("Mastom Mastom")
[15] 5. In The Style Of An Armenian Folk Song
[16] 6. Imaginary Folk Songn
[17] 7. Folk Song From Khorasan

A quite remarkable cellist, with a piercingly beautiful tone and utterly pure intonation, his debut Home is one of the most aptly titled collections of music that I've come across for the longest time.

For Soltani truly does feel at home with these compositions, his want, his will, his belief that he can make them the best they can ever be as apparent as anything else throughout.

Together with his accompanist Aaron Pilsan, Soltani has produced a debut album that has a clear central theme and yet treats each piece as an independent work of art.

For on Home, he travels from Romanticism, with its desire to emulate European folk music, to a living composer’s take on Persian folk traditions. Beginning with works by Schumann and Schubert he rounds off the album with music by Reza Vali; a friend of the family who, like the Soltani's, emigrated from Iran.

Indeed, for Soltani’s pianist Pilsan too, the subject of home and ancestry has personal resonances: his father is Romanian, but like Soltani, Pilsan grew up in Vorarlberg.

Home has an earthly tone of much warmth, so much depth of beauty, of yearning, of things lost, but ultimately stand alone moments of both nobility and virtuosity. All things very unique for such a young cellist to own, let alone begin to discover on his debut album - and yet, here he is.

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