Kashkashian, Kim (viola) - Neharót

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Kim Kashkashian viola; Münchener Kammerorchester, Alexander Liebreich; Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose; Kuss Quartet

- An album like an intense journey - tied together by Kim Kashkahian's outstanding musical personality

- A perfect addition to Kim's discographic scope, once more highlighting the most touching vocal qualities of the viola

- Intriguing compositions - melodious and complex - by three important masters incorporating tonality in their thoroughly contemporary musical language

- Nostalgia, feelings of separation and suffering due to the political situations in Israel and Armenia, respectively form the common thread of all pieces recorded here

- Betty Olivero's "Neharót" is one of these unforgettable pieces with the potential to stick in the listener's minds and to become a radio hit

- A striking array of accompanying ensembles

Kim Kashkashian's new album following her Spanish and Argentinian songs on "Asturiana" is a carefully composed prgramme addressing fascinating connections between three contemporary composers from Israel and Armenia. With five pieces respectively based on traditional laments of the Near East, Armenian chant and Hasidic melody, the focus is again on essentially vocal expressivenss. "What we hear in this music touches off resonances below the level of our acquired expeience", writes Paul Griffiths in his liner notes. "Singing these songs, in a hybrid register that embraces male and female, Kashkashian's viola sings for us all." Betty Olivero started work on "Neharót Neharót" under the impression of the suffering and pain caused by the war in Lebanon in 2006. Olivero's hypnotic lament for viola, accordion, percussion, two string ensembles and tape draws on allusions to Kurdish and north African songs, traditional oriental music and Monteverdi. The instrument's singing abilities come even more to the fore in Tigran Mansurian's "Three Arias - sung out the window facing Mount Ararat" which articulate the Armenian people's longing for the holy mountain beyond the border. "Rava Deravin" by Israeli Eitan Steinberg is based on a melody for a poem by one of the greatest traditional kabbalists and was first conceived in a version for voice and instrumental ensemble. According to the composer, Kashkashian "manages to cry the prayer from within the strings, to murmur the sacred text with no words".

Born in Detroit, Kim Kashkashian is a viola player of Armenian extraction. She studied with Walter Trampler and Karen Tuttle at the Peabody Conservatory. Her international career began with major successes at the Lionel Tertis and Munich competitions (among others), followed by appearances with leading orchestras and conductors. She played chamber music with such figures as Gidon Kremer, Yo-Yo Ma and several leading string quartets and was soon appearing on a regular basis at the Marlboro, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Mostly Mozart, Lockenhaus and Salzburg festivals. Kashkashian has worked closely with such composers as György Kurtág, Tigran Mansurian, Sofia Gubaidulina and Giya Kancheli. The compositions and transcriptions especially written for her have considerably enlarged the viola repertoire. Her many award-winning recordings for ECM feature not only orchestral works but duo releases with the pianist Robert Levin and the percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, including the two Brahms sonatas, the viola music of Paul Hindemith, the album 'Voci' with works by Luciano Berio and several performances of works by Tigran Mansurian. She held professorships at Freiburg and Berlin before receiving an appointment to the New England Conservatory, Boston, in 2000.

Betty Olivero studied in her native city of Tel Aviv and at Yale University. In the mid-1980s she received decisive stimuli from a three-year stay in Italy, where she studied with Luciano Berio. Her music combines elements of traditional ethnic idioms, particularly from the Middle East, with the techniques of contemporary art music, which she has united into a coherent personal style in a process of development, adaptation and redefinition. Her works have been performed by such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tigran Mansurian was born in Beirut to Armenian parents. In 1947 his family returned to Yerevan. After taking his doctorate there in 1968 he began teaching at the local conservatory, serving as its director in the early 1990s. His artistic evolution is noteworthy for his increasingly critical confrontation with the western avant-garde. His mature style incorporates a deep study of medieval Armenian church music and various forms of folk music as well as the western classical legacy. Mansurian's oeuvre includes chamber music, orchestral and vocal works. Much of it has been issued by ECM New Series. Mansurian currently lives in Yerevan and Los Angeles and is considered the leading contemporary composer of Armenia.

The Israeli composer Eitan Steinberg studied at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and took a doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley. Among his teachers were Luciano Berio, Peter Maxwell-Davies and Franco Donatoni. After returning to Israel his compositions focused on a rapprochement between traditional Jewish modes of musical expression and characteristic forms from other cultures. Together with his wife, the vocalist Etty Ben-Zaken, he has produced a large number of vocal works, many of them on multilingual texts ranging from Hebrew and Arabic to Turkish and Indonesian.
Artikelnummer ECM2065
Streckkod 0028947632818
Utgivningsdatum 2009-08-15
Kategori Viola
Skivbolag ECM
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Kashkashian, Kim (viola)
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