About this album
Born in Russia in 1861, Lou Andreas-Salomé is remembered for her friendships with the great thinkers of her day. As well as being a poet, author, narrator and essayist, Salomé was the first female psychoanalyst, and muse to Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Rée, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Sigmund Freud.
In 2022, Stefano Santachiara, the Italian author of a biographical play about Salomé's life invited us to create a new work on the theme, and this album is the result; a new biographical work which explores the life of Salomé, and her relationships.
Each track explores a different aspect of her personality and relationships. Entwined in Infinity, for example, explores the minds of Salomé and Nietzsche. The Bird in Borrowed Feathers looks at Friedrich Carl Andreas, and Cosmic Solitude, Give Me Your Pain, and Sit With Your Ghost explores her deep relationship with the poet Rilke.
The album is rounded off with a new musical version of Richard Dadd's poem The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke, and a new translation of the Rilke poem, The Flower of Farewell.
The music for the live premiere performance was based on solo piano. Here the music is enhanced with orchestral instruments, guitars, synthesizers, music box, and even the rhythmic mock-quill of Neitzsche!