Kim Kashkashian: Neharot | ECM New Series 4763281

Kim Kashkashian: Neharot

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Label: ECM New Series

Cat No: 4763281

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 7th September 2009

Contents

Artists

Kim Kashkashian (viola)
Robyn Schulkowsky (percussion)
Tigran Mansurian (piano)
Munchener Kammerorchester
Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Kuss Quartet

Conductors

Alexander Liebreich
Gil Rose

Works

Komitas, Sogomon

Oror

Mansurian, Tigran

Arias (3)
Tagh of the Funeral of the Lord for viola and percussion

Olivero, Betty

Neharot Neharot for viola, accordion, percussion, two string ensembles and tape

Steinberg, Eitan

Rava Deravin for viola and string quartet

Artists

Kim Kashkashian (viola)
Robyn Schulkowsky (percussion)
Tigran Mansurian (piano)
Munchener Kammerorchester
Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Kuss Quartet

Conductors

Alexander Liebreich
Gil Rose

About

An album like an intense journey, tied together by Kim Kashkashian’s outstanding musical personality, this is a perfect addition to her wide-ranging ECM discography, highlighting the most touching vocal qualities of the viola in intriguing works by Olivero, Steinberg and Mansurian.

Nostalgia and feelings of separation and suffering due to the political situations in Israel and Armenia form a common thread throughout Kim Kashkashian’s new CD. The compositions – melodious and complex – are by three important masters who incorporate tonality in their contemporary musical language.

In particular, Betty Olivero’s Neharót is one of those unforgettable pieces with the potential to stick in listener’s minds and to become a radio hit. Israeli Betty Olivero started work on Neharót Neharót in response to the suffering and pain caused by the war in Lebanon in 2006. Her hypnotic lament for viola and chamber orchestra draws on allusions to Kurdish and north African songs, traditional oriental music and Monteverdi.

The viola'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 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".

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