An `all-star' cast convenes to perform music by Armenia's
greatest living composer, Tigran Mansurian, on this long-awaited 2-CD set.
Kim Kashkashian's critically acclaimed 'Hayren - Music of Komitas &
Mansurian', helped to establish an understanding of the emotional climate
of Mansurian's music and its referents. "A revelation...This disc makes one
impatient for the sequel." (International Record Review).
Now comes the recording that will put Mansurian on the map and in
perspective - a powerful, compelling, highly original double album
featuring Kim Kashkashian and friends including violinist Leonidas Kavakos,
Jan Garbarek, the Hilliard Ensemble (currently celebrating their 30th
anniversary) and the Munich Chamber Orchestra under its redoubtable
conductor Christoph Poppen.
Four major compositions are featured: the Viola Concerto 'And then I was in
time again...' , the Violin Concerto, Lachrymae for soprano saxophone and
viola, and Confessing with Faith, for viola and four voices. Three of the
works receive world premiere recordings.
Kim Kashkashian (herself of Armenian descent) has for years been one of
Mansurian's most committed supporters. In 1999 she and Jan Garbarek came
together to play his music at an ECM-initiated 'Armenian Night' at the
Bergen Festival. The seeds of Monodia were sown then...
These recordings show the unique manner in which Mansurian's music
addresses both the development of contemporary music and the soundscapes of
his troubled homeland, including its sacred and secular music traditions.
Mansurian's friends and contemporaries have included Giya Kancheli, the
late Alfred Schnittke, and Arvo Pärt.
This CD package includes a 60-page additional 3-language booklet with liner
notes by Hanspeter Krellmann, an interview with Tigran Mansurian and Kim
Kashkashian, Armenian song texts, and numerous session photographs.
Personnel: Kim Kashkashian - (viola), Leonidas Kavakos - (violin), Jan
Garbarek - (soprano saxophone), The Hilliard Ensemble, Münchener
Kammerorchester conducted by Christoph Poppen