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Giya Kancheli: Little Imber on ECM

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“Amao Omi” (“senseless war”), meanwhile is said to be “a moving sound tapestry” made up of “phonetic text”. Next to the obvious musical qualities of all parties involved here, “Little Imber” is also a feast for everyone with a deeper interest in the oeuvre of Giya Kancheli, whose discography has usually followed his outwardly main field of interest: Symphonies and large-scale orchestral works. On the other hand, the avoidance of the obvious has become almost a modus operandi for his working relationship with ECM, who have already published a full nine CDs with his music.

Recordings of both pieces are still relatively fresh. Taped in 2003 and 2006, they offer a clear picture of Giya Kancheli’s style in between classical music, contemporary modes of expression and the folk tradition of his Georgian home.

Picture by Sarah Ainslie

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