Chandos CHAN 10297.
Recorded in 2004.
Engineer: Igor Veprintsev.
Running time:( 64:59)
See video posted on 1-8-2013.
- Simi, bleak reflections for Cello and Orchestra.
- Mourned by the Wind,
- Liturgy in memoriam Givi Ordzhonikidze, for Symphony Orchestra and Solo Cello.
Alexander Ivashkin, Cello.
Russian State SO, Valeri Polyansky.
I consider Giya Kancheli one of the best 20th century composers. No matter what work I listen to from his oeuvre, they always touch me profoundly in a spiritual way, with more than a religious tinge to it. Every composition of Kancheli is drenched in a deeply felt balance, and needs to be, of his religious background. That makes every work a liturgy in my ears. The two works on this disc are no exception. Masterworks! He comes close to Part foremost, and sometimes Tavener, and there are a few more composers that travel on the same path. They are tonal, with sudden outbursts of emotional cries, that go through you like a knife, and brings home how utterly devastating a loss of human life can be. After this my listening had to stop for the rest of the day, so I may process it.
State of the Art Sound, and pristine performances.