Aureole etc.




Nimbus on-line




If it’s the Czech works you’re after, do not hesitate

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


Some items
to consider

 


Enjoy the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra wherever you are. App available for iOS and Android


Mahler symphony 6 Nott


Vaughan Williams Symphony 3 etc.


Lyrita New Recording


Lyrita Premiere Recordings

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage


Decca Phase 4 - 40CDs


Judith Bailey, George Lloyd


BAX Orchestral pieces


CASKEN Violin Concerto

Schumann Symphonies Rattle


Complete Brahms
Bargain price

 

 

 

 

REVIEW



Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Alto
Arcodiva
Atoll
CDAccord
Cameo Classics
Centaur
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample
 

alternatively
CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS

Giya KANCHELI (b. 1935)
Themes from the Songbook
see end of review for track listing
Dino Saluzzi (bandoneon); Gidon Kremer (violin); Andrei Pushkarev (vibraphone)
rec. May 2010, Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway and Latvian Radio, Riga, Latvia
ECM 2188 [59:46]

Experience Classicsonline


The intensely spiritual quality of Georgian composer Giya Kancheli’s music explains why he is often mentioned in the same breath as Arvo Pärt or John Tavener. There are certainly points in common, but Kancheli’s music is even more immobile, and silence plays an important part. It casts a powerful spell, only to be broken by sudden, tearing violence.
 
Manfred Eicher of ECM Records has consistently championed the music of Kancheli, but this disc will come as a surprise to those who already have the others. Alongside his symphonic work, Kancheli has always composed music for the theatre and for films, and in 2009 he published an album of thirty-three such pieces entitled Simple Music for Piano. Here are nineteen of them, interpreted by the Argentinean bandoneon player, Dino Saluzzi, the Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer, and the Ukrainian vibraphone player Andrei Pushkarev.
 
Having no access to the album itself, I can only imagine how free these interpretations are, but I think they must be very free indeed. Most of the pieces are duets, with all three musicians playing together only once. The recordings are the result of two sessions, in which Kremer and Saluzzi did not meet, their joint efforts achieved by overdubbing. The recorded sound is close and glamorous, allowing us to hear the clicks of the bandoneon keys, as well as leaving us in no doubt that a violin involves scraping hairs over strings. The booklet features a useful essay by the composer’s son that is difficult to follow at first, but which becomes clear as one gets to know the music.
 
For the most part, the pieces are slow and pensive in mood. Whether Gidon Kremer’s tremolando playing is the most appropriate way of accompanying the ideas expounded in Arthur Miller’s masterly play The Crucible is a moot point - and there is no way of knowing from this disc how the original sounded - but the result is certainly highly affecting, gloomy and sinister. Kancheli has apparently written a fair amount of music for plays by Shakespeare. It’s not only the instrumentation that makes the music for As You Like It sound more appropriate for a romantic film from the fifties than a Shakespeare play. The harmony of this essentially static piece features the added sixths and diminished and augmented chords so typical of the gently jazz-influenced music of that genre. The first variation on the theme from Don Quixote sounds more Georgian than anything Spanish; here, Gidon Kremer plays a melancholy minor key melody in a duet with himself. Hamlet is represented by the bandoneon, and the following piece, for solo vibraphone, could almost be an extract from Francis Lai’s music for Un homme et une femme, so it’s surprising to find that it was written for King Lear. The theme for the film Kin-Dza-Dza, on the other hand, features some ticking rhythms and even a few louder passages that are welcome in context.
 
For The Role for a Beginner Kancheli produced a tune which can only be described as cheerful and catchy, both extraordinary adjectives to apply to this composer. There follows a restrained, minor-key jig punctuated with silences (Twelfth Night), and the wistful sadness of Cinema is very touching. This disc would be a winner for anyone playing “Spot the Composer”. Even the most musically aware of dinner guests would be hard pressed to come up with the right name here.
 
The arrangement of the Waltz from Richard III must be a very free one indeed, as I could detect no discernible waltz rhythm therein. Perhaps the most beautiful piece on the disc is the theme from the film Minimo, superbly played in vertiginous heights by Gidon Kremer. The disc begins and ends with the song “Herio Bichibo” from the film Earth, This is Your Son. It is first given as a duet between bandoneon and vibraphone, whereas track 20 is an extract from the film soundtrack, sung by Jansug Kakhidze, a close associate of the composer, particularly as a conductor. It makes for a very touching close.
 
If you want to find out if the music of Kancheli is for you, I suggest you begin with Mourned by the Wind, a beautiful and moving work for cello and orchestra. The present disc is not at all the same thing. It is a kind of concept album, as different from what one expects from Kancheli as can be imagined, yet also very beautiful in parts and often very touching. It will make perfect relaxed, late night listening, and I think many people will purchase it for that purpose.
 
William Hedley 

Track listing
Earth, This is Your Son (film, Revaz Chkheidze, 1980), Herio Bichebo [3:43]
Bear’s Kiss (film, Sergei Bodrov, 2002), Theme [3:26]
The Crucible (play, Arthur Miller, dir. Robert Sturua, 1965), Main theme [3:19]
As You Like It (play, William Shakespeare, dir. Robert Sturua, 1978), Theme [5:54]
Don Quixote (film, Revaz Chkheidze, 1988), Theme: Variation 1 [2:31]
Hamlet (play, William Shakespeare, dir. Robert Sturua, 1992), Theme: Variation I [1:32]
King Lear (play, William Shakespeare, dir. Robert Sturua, 1989), Theme [1:56]
Don Quixote, Theme: Variation II [1:54]
Kin-Dza-Dza (film, Georgi Daniela and Revaz Gabriadze, 1986), Main theme [2:37]
The Role for a Beginner (play, Tamaz Chiladze, dir. Robert Sturua, 1979), Main theme [2:27]
Twelfth Night (play, William Shakespeare, dir. Robert Sturua, 2001), Theme [1:56]
Cinema (film, Liana Eliava, 1977), Main theme [1:36]
Hamlet, Theme: Variation II [1:35]
Richard III (play, William Shakespeare, dir. Robert Sturua, 1979), Waltz [2:13]
Minimo (film, Georgi Daniela and Revaz Gabriadze, 1977), Theme [2:49]
Don Quixote, Theme: Variation III [1:45]
When Almonds Blossomed (film, Lana Gogoberidze, 1972), Main Theme [5:53]
The Eccentrics (film, Eldar Shengelaia and Revaz Gabriadze, 1973), Waltz [3:07]
Hamlet, Theme: Variation III [4:15]
Earth, This is Your Son, Herio Bichebo (sound track recording) [5:19]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
.
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

Interviews
With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site

Nostalgia

Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Comment
Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips


Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools






Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.