Rachel Bonch-Bruevich – The Lost Tape
Rachel Bonch-Bruevich – The Lost Tape
Rachel Bonch-Bruevich – The Lost Tape

Rachel Bonch-Bruevich – The Lost Tape

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Label: Nazlo Records – NzR207
Format: Cassette, Mini-Album, Limited Edition, UV-print
Country: Germany
Released: 1 Sept 2023
Genre: Non-Music, Classical
Style: Impressionist, Neo-Classical, Sound Art, Sound Poetry

Cobweb covered ‘lost’ recordings from the mythical late Soviet outsider pianist Rachel Bonch-Bruevic.

Some musical discoveries over the years have been almost too good to be true.  Back stories so extraordinary that the stories sell the music themselves.  Dominique Lawelree, Carola Baer, Colette Roper.  What we know here, Rachel Bonch-Bruevich was an amateur pianist who composed and recorded a large number of ghostly solo piano pieces in the Soviet era, leaving behind an archive of home recordings, which was found.  What we don’t know are the hows, wheres and most importantly whys.  There’s little indication of the audience in mind, no clues towards context, or track names or the original format.  Many motifs repeat themselves within her music, slight variations on the same song structures that seem to evolve over time.  But it’s the atmosphere here that’s important, the sound of an artist being at one with their private surroundings, playing like no-one is listening. 

The label states this is the late tape from the Bonch-Bruevic archive, together with a photo taken from sometime in the 70’s which characteristically cuts off her face.  Sometimes the answers to our questions are best left to imagination.   (Mint / New - limited 50 copies)

A Side A 14:59
B Side B 13:42