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  • Audio CD (19 Dec. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM New Series
  • ASIN: B0000A5BWU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,653 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I. Allegro, Quasi Recitando - Kim Kashkashian - Kim Kashkashian
2. II. Lento, Cantando - Kim Kashkashian - Kim Kashkashian
3. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra - Leonidas Kavakos - Leonidas Kavakos
Disc: 2
1. Lachrymae - Kim Kashkashian - Kim Kashkashian
2. I. Moderato, Recitando - David James - David James
3. II. Andante - David James - David James
4. III. Lento Sosteunto, Semplice - David James - David James

Product Description

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

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Finbar the looney on 29 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
A word of warning,if you are not appreiciative of beautiful but challenging music this is not for you,however,if you are prepare for nirvana,Km Kashkashians viola playing,on disc one is monumental and combined with The Muchener Kammerorchestter(conductor Chrstoph Poppen )this is a roller coaster of high emotion.Kahkahian can soind sombre and mournfull,but that only adds to the ambiience,Kashkashians tracks are "And then i was in time again Allegro Quasi resitando(12.52) and ".....And then i was in time again Lento Cantando(8.20)
The final track on CD1 is "concerto for violin and orchestra(25.35) featuring Leonidas Kavikos on violin which is more striking and robust than that has gone before,almost Avant Garde in its execution perhaps a little bit more obtruse,even strident,.but still worth a listen.
Cd 2 startsa with Kashkaashian dueting with Jan Garbarek,who as one of the worlds best saxaphonists is well suited tp this track"Lachrymae"(7.10)
all the garbarek trademark sounds are on display resulting in a highly satisfying piece of music.
The final instalment is a three part epic "Confessing with faith"
Part one(Moderato recitando(14.05) Part two(Andarte(7.18)part three(Lento sostenuto semplice(5.20)
As with Garbarek all The Hilliard Ensembles trademarks are there on show,beautiful sonorious singing that is sublime.
All things considered this is a difficult album,but the journey is rewarding.
The packaging and production are first class.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dobester on 25 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
With contributions from Kim Kashkashian, Christoph Poppen, Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble, you'd be forgiven for expecting another record along the same magnificent lines as "Officium" or "Morimur" or "Abii ne Viderem".
And you'd be right! This is just as mesmerisingly beautiful as those records. Buy this if you like Jazz, Classical, Early Music, chess, chips or chihuahas - anybody with ears will enjoy this tremendous record.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Unhesitatingly recommended 9 Aug. 2005
By Bob - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Perhaps I am not the only one whose introduction to Kashkashian's lovely viola was Jan Garbarek's "In Praise of Dreams." So, as I was seeking to feed a spiritual hunger among Amazon's classical offerings, as I dug around Part and Schnittke, Penderecki and Gorecki, suddenly among all the "more like this" appeared the name Kim Kashkashian: "Monodia." I clicked, and found that it includes a piece played with Garbarek on soprano sax, "Lachrymae." As the Amazon.com review says, their playing "often blurring the distinction between their instruments," reminds one of the Dreams exchanges.

If you followed Garbarek through his wonderful outings with the Hilliard Ensemble, "Officium" and "Mnemosyne", you'll be excited to note that the Hilliards perform here as well, with Kashkashian's mellow viola rather than Garbarek's sax. That alone made me hit the 1-click.

I do not know enough about composition to understand the title -- I cannot tell a monodic from a polyphonic, or any other, composition. [To further confuse me, in the liner notes the interviewer asks Kim K. about monody, and she points out that the composition under discussion, the Concerto for viola and orchestra, is not monodic...(?)] But the joy of hearing this music, the depth of feeling that the players display, make these issues seem academic to me. The feeling is there, name it if you must but most of all, experience it!

The rich experience of this spiritual music is a joy in itself, but ECM frosted the cake by packaging the 2 CD set with a full bi-lingual (ENG-DE) booklet, with plenty of photos. I have to admit I don't usually pay much attention to liner notes, but I found this booklet a wonderful touch.

This is not an inexpensive addition to your collection, but I found it worth every red cent.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Very, Very Brief Review 9 Feb. 2010
By Moldyoldie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Beautiful, spiritual, redolent of Armenian liturgical chant, but hardly so-called world beat or new age. This is substantial enough for serious listening and tuneful enough to be enjoyable -- fine performances and recording!
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