Kim Kashkashian’s new album following herSpanish and Argentinian songs on „Asturiana“ is a carefully composed prgramme addressing fascinating connections between three contemporary composers from Israeland Armenia. With five pieces respectively based on traditional laments of the Near East, Armenian chant and Hasidic melody, the focus is again on essentially vocal expressivenss.
“What we hear in this music touches off resonances below the level of our acquired expeience”, writes Paul Griffiths in his liner notes. “Singing these songs, in a hybrid register that embraces male and female, Kashkashian’s viola sings for us all.” Betty Olivero started work on “Neharót Neharót” under the impression of the suffering and pain caused by the warin Lebanon in 2006.
Olivero’s hypnotic lament for viola, accordion, percussion, two string ensembles and tape draws on allusions to Kurdish and north African songs, traditional oriental music and Monteverdi. The instrument’s singing abilities come even more to the fore in Tigran Mansurian’s “Three Arias (Sung out the window facing Mount Ararat)” which articulate the Armenian people’s longing for the holy mountain beyond the border.
“Rava Deravin” by Israeli Eitan Steinberg is based on a melody for a poem by one of the greatest traditional kabbalists and was first conceived in a version for voice and instrumental ensemble. According to the composer, Kashkashian “manages to cry the prayer from within the strings, to murmur the sacred text with no words”.
Kim Kashkashian - viola Münchener Kammerorchester Alexander Liebreich - conductor Boston Modern Orchestra Project Gil Rose - conductor Kuss Quartett
01. Neharót Neharót
02. Tagh for the Funeral of the Lord
04. Three Arias
05. I. Andante, ma non troppo
06. II. Tranquillo, poco libero
07. III. Lento, ma non troppo
08. Rava Deravin
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