Giya Kancheli: Chiaroscuro (ECM New Series 2442)

Here’s a composer I never heard of before.  Born in Tblisi, Georgia in the former Soviet Union, Giya Kancheli, emigrated to Belgium in 1991.  He’s been pretty prolific, writing seven symphonies and scores for films and plays, which are not widely known outside Eastern Europe.  The Kronos Quartet, Mstislav Rostropovich, Kurt Masur, and many other conductors have championed his works.  Here’s a link to the world premiere of “Chiaroscuro” from 2010.

And here’s the Wikipedia entry on him.

A nice find on a cold winter’s night.

Source: Giya Kancheli: Chiaroscuro (ECM New Series 2442)

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