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Neharót
     

Neharót

by Kim Kashkashian
 
Violist Kim Kashkashian brings her distinctively warm, earthy tone and impassioned playing to this collection of works for viola and various instrumental combinations by Armenian and Israeli composers. Most of the works have in common a sadness that is expressed in some pieces as melancholy and in others as wrenching grief. Most are related to regional and national

Overview

Violist Kim Kashkashian brings her distinctively warm, earthy tone and impassioned playing to this collection of works for viola and various instrumental combinations by Armenian and Israeli composers. Most of the works have in common a sadness that is expressed in some pieces as melancholy and in others as wrenching grief. Most are related to regional and national folk traditions and have a musical language (and titles and subject matter) that link them to the Middle East. The most impressive work is "Neharót Neharót" by Israeli composer Betty Olivero, an emotionally rich and musically multilayered lament for viola solo, accordion, percussion, two string ensembles, and tape that's powerfully engaging. Israeli composer Eitan Steinberg's evocative "Rava Deravin," based on a Hasidic melody, is also compelling. The piece was written for Kashkashian and uses a string quartet accompaniment. In its expressive final section, the soloist's part alternates between the stratospherically high and the deepest extremes of resister, and the effect is haunting. Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian is represented by two original works and an arrangement of a lullaby by Armenian musician and folklorist Komitas Vardapet. His "Tagh for the Funeral of the Lord" is a subdued, soulful threnody for viola and percussion. Kashkashian's passionate investment in this material is evident in the focused intensity of her performances. The various accompanying ensembles, including Münchner Kammerorchester led by Alexander Liebreich in the Olivero; the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, led by Gil Rose in Mansurian's "Three Arias"; and the Kuss Quartet in the Steinberg, provide fervent and sensitive support. ECM's sound is characteristically impeccable: clean, clear, present, and ideally ambient.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/2009
Label:
Ecm Records
UPC:
0028947632818
catalogNumber:
001325702
Rank:
158431

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kim Kashkashian   Primary Artist,Viola
Robyn Schulkowsky   Percussion
Gil Rose   Conductor
Münchener Kammerorchester   Performing Ensemble
Lea Avraham   Vocals
Ilana Elia   Vocals
Kuss Quartett   String Quartet
Boston Modern Orchestra Project   Performing Ensemble
Philipp Jungk   Percussion
Raskin   Accordion
Alexander Liebreich   Conductor
Tigran Mansurian   Piano
Lea Avraham   Vocals
Ilana Elia   Vocals

Technical Credits

Manfred Eicher   Producer
Komitas   Composer
Joel Gordon   Engineer
Peter Laenger   Engineer
Betty Olivero   Composer
Paul Griffiths   Liner Notes
Eitan Steinberg   Composer
Blanton Alspaugh   Engineer
Thomas Steinfeld   Liner Note Translation
Jan Kricke   Cover Photo
Gabriela Blicharz   Engineer
Tigran Mansurian   Arranger,Composer
Lech Dudzik   Engineer
John Newton   Engineer

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