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Here There

by Shah Sadikov & Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich

"I was drawn to these words as a title because they fittingly describe the emotion that is conjured up when one is torn between two places. In a way it is comforting to remember that only a slight shift in perspective can bring the there, here.” Stölzel
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1. Here There
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2. Märchenbilder, Op. 113: I. Nicht schnell
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3. Märchenbilder, Op. 113: II. Lebhaft
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4. Märchenbilder, Op. 113: III. Rasch
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5. Märchenbilder, Op. 113: IV. Langsam mit melancholischem Ausdruck
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6. Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1: I. Allegro appassionato
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7. Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1: II. Andante un poco adagio
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8. Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1: III. Allegretto grazioso
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9. Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1: IV. Vivace
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
A narrative

In the summer of 2014 I was going through a palette of extreme emotions due to my newly found love and the loss of a friend whilst preparing to move to Germany from my adopted home, Kansas City. Extreme emotions are a normal state of being for most artists and it is indeed through such emotions that they express their arts. Furthermore, my emotions were also contradictory. While I was very much excited and looking forward to start a new life in Germany, which was panned well an advance. Now I was feeling daunted and not ready to move.

Nevertheless, it is with such feelings that I left the US to continue my endeavors in search of new inspiration. My fascination with German culture, philosophy and music went back to my teenage years, and my dream of visiting the country and embracing everything it could offer me finally came true. Yet something was missing.

The year of my residence in North Rhine-Wesphalia - living a mile away from Brahms’ house in Detmold, visiting the birthplace of Beethoven in Bonn and Düsseldorf where Schumann found inspiration for his monumental works - seemed like a daydream. There was everything that the young artist needed for inspiration but the sun I grew up with in Uzbekistan, and in the Midwest.

Thus, my mind started existing in two dimensions. Every chance I had to visit the US was taken easily though without any plans to move back. I shared my thoughts with my longtime friend, German-American composer Ingrid Stölzel and explained how inspired I was to be in Germany yet was longing for everything I had in the US. To my surprise, the thoughts I shared resonated well with her and she recalled her own experience with such feelings many years back, and mentioned having written a piece about it – here there. Originally composed for violin & piano, the piece became a perfect incarnation of my then, current being. A few months later this composition had its reincarnation as a viola piece.

“The word here and the word there are in many respects the same. If you look up either in the dictionary you find the same definition for both: at or in this place. Yet, they are not truly interchangeable. Their meaning is altered by the speaker’s perspective and frame of reference. My here can be someone’s there, and my there can be someone’s here, and so on. I was drawn to these words as a title because they fittingly describe the emotion that is conjured up when one is torn between two places. In a way it is comforting to remember that only a slight shift in perspective can bring the there, here.” Ingrid Stölzel

Schumann’s Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Picture) inspired by the Grimm Brothers, becomes an instant muse to anybody who grew up reading those tales, as it was the case for me. While listening or performing these pictures, one can not only visualize the heroes of the tales, but also hear Clara’s name (his wife) that Schumann codifies in each movement. Meanwhile, for a classical music lover, it would not be a surprise to see Brahms’ name next to Schumanns. Brahms’ close friendship and admiration towards the family was an inspiration for many artists and writers.

Brahms’ F minor sonata Op 120, No. 1 is from his late period. His retirement from composing was quickly interrupted due to clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld’s sound which inspired Brahms to compose his last chamber music masterpieces. Among these works, two clarinet sonatas composed in 1894 were arranged for viola by the composer.
Brahms died a few years later in 1897. As every story ends somewhere, my story ends with my return to my adopted home Kansas City, and a fraction of my inspiration accumulated during the residency in Germany comes in the form of this album. The viola I perform on this album made by Gaetano Gadda di Montova in 1929 from the private collections of a friend and colleague in Germany, Amir Shiff.

Shah Sadikov, December 2016

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