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Kancheli: 33 Miniatures

Kancheli: 33 Miniatures
Composer Giya Kancheli
Artist George Vatchnadze piano
Suren Bagratuni cello
Format 2 CD
Cat. number PCL10198
EAN code 5029365101981
Release December 2019

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Music for piano and cello of simple melodies and lovable charm by three modern composers from Georgia and Armenia.

The pianist George Vatchnadze was born in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi but now lives and works in Chicago as Professor of Piano at DePaul University School of Music, having studied with several renowned artists from his homeland such as Alexander Toradze. As winner of prestigious competitions including the Gina Bachauer Competition in 1994, he has given concerts across Europe and the US with the likes of Valery Gergiev and Gianandrea Noseda.

For this album he has gathered together 33 short pieces drawn from the huge oeuvre of film music composed by the greatest Georgian composer of our time, Giya Kancheli. In each piece he outlines the directorial view of a given play or a movie, and not always emphasising the condition of sorrow or nostalgia to which most of Kancheli’s music aspires. In these distillations of the written for Eldar Shelgelaya’s movies The Eccentrics, Extraordinary Exhibition and The Blue Mountains, there is a distinctive flavour of joy even in the presence of sorrow, in the mould of Georgian art by painters such as Pirosmani. Kancheli’s music for productions of Shakespeare such as King Lear and Romeo and Juliet is more lyrical, still inflected with Georgian character.

The miniatures are paired with a pair of works for cello and piano. The Five Pieces on Folk Themes are among the most popular works of the Georgian composer Sultan Tsintsadze, belonging to a tradition of such pieces written by composers as far afield as Schumann and de Falla. Receiving here its first internationally distributed recording is the Cello Sonata by Ruben Altunyan, born in 1939. In his three-movement Sonata he quotes the famous Georgian folk song Tsin Tskharo, thus unifying the album in a celebration of Georgia’s rich musical culture.

Giya Kancheli (1935-2019) was a Georgian composer whose intensely personal style was closely related to Minimalism and Spiritualism. He possesses a unique vision of the universe. Despite the fact that many of his compositions reflect tragic events of the modern world, they somewhat suggest turning away from horrors of war and call for return to a true meaning of life – the all-embracing love. The roots of his music are closely related with Georgian folk melos despite the fact that there are no direct quotations.
The 33 Miniatures are inspired by plays or films by authors ranging from William Shakespeare to Samuel Becket and other contemporaries. The music is haunting in its simplicity (it is called “simple music for piano”) and touches deep chords of human emotions in the heart.
In addition to the Kancheli works we hear works for cello and piano by Georgian composers Sulkhan Tsintsadze and Ruben Altunyan, played by cellist Suren Bagratuni.
Goerge Vatchnadze is a native from Georgia, he has appeared at prestigious festivals like Salzburg, Mariinsky, Ravenna, Hollywood Bowl, under conductors like Valery Gergiev and Gianandrea Noseda. He is a winner of the Bachauer Piano Competition.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: I. King Lear
  2. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: II. The Eccentrics
  3. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: III. When Almonds Blossomed
  4. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: IV. Extraordinary Exhibition
  5. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: V. As You Like It
  6. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: VI. Don Quixote
  7. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: VII. Kin-Dza-Dza
  8. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: VIII. Minimo
  9. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: IX. Mother Courage and Her Children
  10. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: X. Twelfth Night
  11. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XI. The Blue Mountains
  12. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XII. Waiting for Godot
  13. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XIII. Richard III
  14. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XIV. Khanuma
  15. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XV. The Caucasian Chalk Circle
  16. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XVI. The Role for a Beginner
  17. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XVII. Richard III
  18. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XVIII. The Caucasian Chalk Circle
  19. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XIX. The Crucibles
  20. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XX. Hamlet
  21. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XXI. Twelfth Night
  22. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XXII. Don’t Grieve
  23. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XXIII. Bear’s Kiss
  24. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XXIV. Kin-Dza-Dza
  25. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XXV. Hamlet
  26. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XXVI. Earth, This is Your Son
  27. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XXVII. Tears Were Falling
  28. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XXVIII. Cinema
  29. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XXIX. The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Disk 2

  1. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XXX. The Role of a Beginner
  2. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XXXI. Sunny Night
  3. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XXXII. Mother Courage and her Children
  4. Giya Kancheli: 33 Miniatures: XXXIII. Romeo and Juliet
  5. Ruben Altunyan: Sonata for Cello: I. Andante. II. Allegro moderato
  6. Ruben Altunyan: Sonata for Cello: III. Andante
  7. Sulkhan Tsintsadze: 5 Pieces on Folk Themes for Cello and Piano: I. Villain’s Song on a Carriage
  8. Sulkhan Tsintsadze: 5 Pieces on Folk Themes for Cello and Piano: II. Tchonguri
  9. Sulkhan Tsintsadze: 5 Pieces on Folk Themes for Cello and Piano: III. Sachidao
  10. Sulkhan Tsintsadze: 5 Pieces on Folk Themes for Cello and Piano: IV. Nana
  11. Sulkhan Tsintsadze: 5 Pieces on Folk Themes for Cello and Piano: V. Dance Tune