Anja Lechner, cellist, and Franҫois Couturier, pianist

After a decade of artistic partnership, German cellist Anja Lechner and French pianist Franҫois Couturier unveil their new duo. The players approach the music from different vantage points: Lechner is a classical soloist, with an uncommon interest in improvisation, Couturier a jazz musician travelling ever further from jazz. On "Moderato cantabile" they present their own arrangements of works by three fascinating outsiders from the margins of music history: G.I. Gurdjieff, Komitas Vardapet, and Federico Mompou. Angela Mitchell speaks to the duo about the recording, a WCLV Choice CD for October.