Alessandra Celletti | Gurdjieff / De Hartmann - Hidden Sources

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Gurdjieff / De Hartmann - Hidden Sources

by Alessandra Celletti

This music evokes the atmosphere of the peoples of the Near East and Central Asia:the ethnic melodies, asian songs and sacred music of contemplative nature.
Genre: World: Asian- Central
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1. Sayyid Chant and Dance (21.III.1926)
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2. Sayyid Chant (23.I.1927)
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3. Sayyid Dance (dedicated to Mr. Gurdjieff's wife)
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1:37 $0.99
4. Asian Song (13.X.1926)
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5. Mamasha (26.XII.1925)
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6. Asian Song (23.VI.1924)
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7. Sayyid Chant and Dance (1.V.1927)
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8. Armenian Song (6.IV.1926)
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9. Sayyid Chant and Dance (17.III.1926)
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10. Song of the Fisherwomen
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11. Hindu Melody
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12. Asian Song (1.VII.1923)
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13. Kurdish Song (25.IV.1926)
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14. Sayyid Chant and Dance (3.IV.1926)
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15. Asian Song (13.X.1926)
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16. Song of the Aisors
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17. Sayyid Chant and Dance (22.V.1926)
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18. Assyrian Women Mourners
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Album Notes

"A beautifull interpretation."
(Gurdjieff International Review)

"Hidden Sources is an excellent CD. The all production is superb and Alessandra Celletti plays like piano magician".
(Thomas Tamvakos - Archive of Greek Classical Composers)

"Beautiful and inspiring!"
(Charles T. Tart - Institute of Transpersonal Psychology]

"Hidden Sources contains the most representative and best selection of the Gurdjieff / de Hartmann music I've heard on a single CD. Alessandra Celletti's interpretations are as sensitive and as idiosyncratic as Glen Gould's. Her playing and selection are exceptional."
(J. Walter Driscoll - author of "Gurdjieff: an annotated bibliography" (1985)/"Gurdjieff: a reading Guide" (1999)

"Every note carves a profile, designs a curve, each key reveals a mountain, a cheekbone, a perfume, a spiritual landscape. Sacred dances for sceptical travellers of knowledge. Immense."
(Marco Boccitto - Il Manifesto - Italy)

"Alessandra Celletti gives magical performances of joint works by G. I. Gurdjieff and TH. De Hartmann."
(John Pitt - New Classics - UK)

"This music is both simple and extraordinarily subtle; and Alessandra Celletti's touch reflects these same qualities."
(Jacob Needleman- San Francisco State University)


Gurdjieff was one of the most important spiritual teachers of the XX century. He was born in 1866 in Alexandropolis, on the border between Armenia and Turkey. During his youth he sings regularly in the choir of the Russian Orthodox Church in Kars. Together with a group of friends, he takes part in various expeditions to Asia in search of ancient knowledge and tradition. During his visits to religious groups in remote monasteries, he was given the opportunity of learning more about psychology, sacred music and ritual dance. Twenty years later, in 1912, Gurdjieff returns to Europe, enriched by a new teaching: a non-religious path toward the interior evolution of man. A complete teaching that bridged the esoteric knoweledge of the East and scientific methodology of the West. Various generations of disciples gathered around his doctrine and his beliefs found strong echo in the work of René Daumal, P.D. Ouspensky, Frank Lloyd Wright, Peter Brook, Keith Jarrett, Robert Fripp, Jerzy Grotoswsky, and T. De Hartmann himself. Gurdjieff died on the 29th of October 1949 in Paris.


Born in Ucraina in 1886 from a family of German origin, De Hartmann studies harmony and composition with Anton Arensky and Aleksandr Taneev. At the age of 18, in 1903, De Hartmann graduated from the college of music of St. Petersburg. In Munich, where he moves to study orchestra conduction, he meets Vassily Kandinsky with whom he begins an intense exchange of thought. Back in St. Petersburg, in 1916 he meets Gurdjieff, who will exercise great influence on his life.

The two authors composed approximately 300 pieces inspired by the reminiscence of sacred music and traditional oriental melodies between July 1925 and May 1927 in Paris, where Gurdjieff established his institute. This collection represent a partial florilegium but significant of the heterogeneity in taste and in preparation of the two authors.


Alessandra Celletti was born in Rome, June 6th 1966. After graduating from the Santa Cecilia conservatory in Rome, she completed a specialisation course with the Maestro Vera Gobbi Belcredi. In 1994 she came to the attention of the Italian music scene with her own independent release: an album dedicated to the music of Debussy, Ravel and Satie.
Alongside live performances she has written compositions for electronic music, contributing to multimedia projects. Since 1998 she has collaborated with KHA Records, recording three albums dedicated to the music of Gurdjieff and De Hartmann (Hidden Sources - 1998), Erik Satie (Esotérik Satie - 2000) and Scott Joplin (Black Baby - 2002)


KHA Records is an Italian independent company based in Rome since 1998 with the aim of building up a quality catalogue and paying special attention to contemporary repertoire and performances.


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Lezlie G Sparx

Jeanette Toyah

Now, I am the happy owner of "Hidden Sources". Me and my baby boy love it

Richard Flierl

Fantastic Interpretation~
Excellent pacing and fantastic interpretation of these pieces


poignant compositions played by hands that have wings!
hidden sources is profoundly delivered by an artist whose hands and heart have wings. alessandra celletti performs these rich and poignant compositions with a deep understanding of the relationship between joy and pain. hence, this cd is full of meaning from start to finish...not a sugar-coated collection, but genuine music of the soul. brava!

Sally Jenkins

Equal to Chopin's Nocturnes
Sometimes you listen to a sample of music and buy the CD only to find out the sample was the only piece worth hearing. That is not the case here! Every single selection is perfection. The nearest comparison I can make to this CD is to Chopin's Nocturnes. The music is engaging and restful at the same time. I highly recommend it. I could listen to it all day, and sometimes I do.

Ed Earl

The selection of pieces is excellent and gives the CD a real sense of cohesion. The performance is extraordinarily sensitive. This is certainly the best interpretation I have heard of this music. The overall effect is powerful and deeply moving. Five stars are not enough.


Questa è la vera musica
Ho conosciuto Gurdjieff attraverso un libro di Keith Jarrett che è per me un punto di riferimento.
Complimenti vivissimi ad Alessandra Celletti per il suo sublime pianismo che mette in risalto al 101% la bellezza ed il senso di questa musica spirituale che nasce dall'anima passa attraverso il legno del pianoforte e ritorna nell'anima attraverso le orecchie.
Ecco signori la Vera Musica.