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Kancheli: Lament Gidon Kremer, violin/ Maacha Deubner, soprano/Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra/Jansug Kakhidze (ECM New Series 1656 289 465 138-2).

Kancheli: Lament Gidon Kremer, violin/ Maacha Deubner, soprano/Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra/Jansug Kakhidze (ECM New Series 1656 289 465 138-2)

This is music from beyond time. How would you assign a time to it? Is it modern? Is it an ancient? How would you assign a speed to it? Is it slow? Is it fast? Is it loud? Is it quiet? Is it happy? Is it sad? It's clearly music though, and arguably great music. Violinist Gidon Kremer loves to play this kind of music. It is not virtuosic in the traditional sense, but it still presents enormous challenges to performers. Kremer sings plaintively with his strings, soprano Maacha Deubner sings plaintively with her voice, and the orchestra sometimes whispers, sometimes shouts. The music at times conveys hope, at times despair. There is motion, but not much movement. There are moments of beauty, hints of ugliness. There is struggle, yet resignation. Murkiness, yet rays of light. But all of this is wondrous to hear, and therein lies the beauty and the appeal of Kancheli's music.

Lament is described by Kancheli as "music of mourning in memory of Luigi Nono for violin, soprano, and orchestra." It is a very affecting piece, and the performances seem loving. The CD comes with a booklet that includes a brief poem and a challenging essay, plus some pictures of the composer and the performers. The sound is not quite as dynamic as one might want for this music, but nothing ever sounds harsh or strained. This is a first-class production in all respects, and I recommend it highly. - KWN
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Author:Nehring, Karl W.
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Date:Apr 1, 2000
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