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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 26 Nov 2011
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This review is from: Giya Kancheli: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (MP3 Download)
I bought this because it was so cheap (£1.29). I know a few pieces by Kancheli and like them very much but I didn't know what to expect from him as a symphonist. These two symphonies from the 1970s were also written much earlier than the Kancheli works I know. Both are written "in memoriam" - the 4th to Michelangelo and the 5th to Kancheli's parents - as so many of Kancheli's works seem to be. And both exhibit his trademark style of long periods of very calm and calming music with sudden interruptions by extremely dynamic music which is often very violent. The 4th Symphony is an attractive piece that grows out of a tolling bell sound and seems to cover quite a lot of musical ground - it is far less of a musical whole than his later works and seems in part to represent Kancheli searching for his voice. He seems to find that voice in the 5th Symphony - it is 100% distinctive - and one gets a real sense that he is thrilled with the discovery! The sound is excellent and the playing seems first rate.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremes of feeling, 19 July 2009
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These two single-movement symphonies by Georgian composer Giya Kancheli generate extremes of feeling. Tranquil and nostalgic moments drift and soar like a gull on the wind only to intermittently nose-dive into triumphant and angry explosions of power and vitality. The result is stimulating to say the least. Enchanting then epic, beautiful then brutal, innocent then aggressive. In short: two entertaining symphonies of bracing dichotomies....
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Georgian Memories, 7 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Giya Kancheli: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (MP3 Download)
These are Melodiya recordings from 1978. They first surfaced in the west in the '80s under the Olympia label (which also brought us the Rozhdestvensky Shostakovich series).
Nonesuch seems to have got hold of the rights since the early nineties and the music is now made available to us at this bargain price - only as a download.
Kancheli was viewed by many as the successor to Shostakovich, perhaps because these two symphonies were composed in 1975 and 1977 shortly after the death of DSCH. Others may have assumed that mantle since these symphonies were written and recorded, but these are impressive pieces of music - well worth the effort of negotiating the fluff of the ubiquitous Amazon Cloud.
Luckily for Giya Kancheli he was born a couple of generations after Stalin. His fellow Georgian may not have been as amused by this thoughtful music.
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Giya Kancheli: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
Giya Kancheli: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 by Jansug Kakhidze/The Georgian National Orchestra
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