- Lament: music of mourning in memory of Luigi Nono, for soprano voice, violin & orchestra
Giya Kancheli's LAMENT -- an elegy for violin, soprano and orchestra in memory of composer Luigi Nono -- uses Hans Sahl's poem "Strophes" not as its basis so much as its point of departure. Kancheli's most recent venture into the depths of his soul, it's simple in everything except its dynamic range -- which extends from almost inaudible solo violin lines to full orchestral bombast. The music gives violinist Gidon Kremer and soprano Maacha Deubner a chance to show not technique, but anti-technique, a way of approaching the music's emotional core with no apparent artifice. Like Arvo Pärt, Henryk Gorecki, and other composers lumped under the easy category of "mystic minimalists," Kancheli makes a strong case for the sophistication of simplicity. Put another way, he proves that finding the lowest common denominator in music is not always about lessening the art; sometimes it merely peels away the layers of distractions.