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  • Orchestra: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies
  • Composer: Giya Kancheli
  • Audio CD (March 14, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B0000031Y1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Morning Prayers - G. KANCHELI
2. Abii Ne Viderem - G. KANCHELI
3. Evening Prayers - G. KANCHELI

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Giya Kancheli is not a member of any compositional "school," but in its profoundly simple means of expression and its mystical preoccupation with time, space, and motion, his music shares similarities with several other 20th-century Eastern European composers. From a primordial mix of musical elements, Kancheli seems not to compose in a formal sense, but rather guides the formation of melodic and rhythmic forces--what he calls a "musical progression," in which "silence turns into music." If this sounds just too strange to you, listen to the music, which sounds completely natural, fascinating, and beautiful. The program is divided into three sections--"Morning Prayers" (for chamber orchestra, voice, and flute), "Abii ne viderem" (string orchestra and viola), and "Evening Prayers" (chamber orchestra and voices). Chances are that you'll find yourself entranced, enchanted, and even moved by its emotional intensity. You'll also be impressed with the performers, who couldn't be more attuned, involved, and impassioned. --David Vernier

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Desert Girl on July 25, 2007
"Abii ne viderem' (I turned away so as not to see) is comprised of 3 pieces - 'Morning Prayers' and 'Evening Prayers' (from a four-part cycle titled "Life without Christmas"), which frame the middle section 'Abii ne vederem,' from which the CD takes its name. This beautiful music burns with spiritual poignancy, anguish, and memory of lost time and childhood. In 'Morning Prayers', how can four notes played simply and slowly on the piano - F#, D, E, D, accompanied in the base by seven slowly ascending notes of the D Major scale reveal such sorrow and resignation of heart? This is the miracle of Kancheli's music. Mixed into this 23 minute meditation is the haunting taped voice of a young boy, singing like a voice from a grave floating over the stillness, and a small melody reminiscent of a child's wind-up music box played on a what seems to be an electronically altered piano. 'Morning Prayers' alone is worth the price of the CD. Rarely does music reflect the almost unspeakable, numinous quality of human memory. 'Abii ne viderem' (beginning with agitated strings and ending with what seems like a ringing telephone) and 'Evening Prayers' (dedicated to Schnittke), 25 minutes and 19 minutes long respectively, are that Kancheli mix of subdued, if not ominous, dream-like spaces suddenly split (or attacked) by loud, even frightening irruptions, like gun shots in some cases, as if the delicate fabric of existence could be shattered at any moment (the extremes of dynamics in Kancheli's music - the loud/soft thing - can play havoc with a sound system's speakers.) The finely written liner notes (Kancheli's liner notes are always philosophical), place Kancheli's music alongside that of Part, Schnittke, Gubaidulina, Silvestrov, and rightly so.Read more ›
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