Neharót / Kim Kashkashian

Audio Samples

>Olivero, Betty : Neharot Neharot, for viola, accordion, percussion, 2 string ensembles & tape
>Mansurian, Tigran : Tagh for the Funeral of the Lord, for viola & percussion
>Vardapet, Komitas : Oror
>Mansurian, Tigran : Three Arias (Sung Out the Window Facing Mount Ararat), for viola & orchestra
>Steinberg, Eitan : Rava Deravin, for viola & string quartet

Album Summary

>Olivero, Betty : Neharot Neharot, for viola, accordion, percussion, 2 string ensembles & tape
>Mansurian, Tigran : Tagh for the Funeral of the Lord, for viola & percussion
>Vardapet, Komitas : Oror
>Mansurian, Tigran : Three Arias (Sung Out the Window Facing Mount Ararat), for viola & orchestra
>Steinberg, Eitan : Rava Deravin, for viola & string quartet
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

These intense and complex compositions are also highly melodious and accessible and are tied together by Kim Kashkashian's outstanding musical personality, sensitivity and tone. Themes of nostalgia, feelings of separation and suffering due to the political situations in Israel and Armenia form the common thread of all pieces recorded here and Kashkashian's lyrical, haunting viola pervades the atmosphere.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Kim Kashkashian (viola); Lea Avraham (vocals); Tigran Mansurian (piano); Robyn Schulkowsky (percussion).

Violist Kim Kashkashian brings her distinctively warm, earthy tone and impassioned playing to this collection of works for viola and various instrumental combinations by Armenian and Israeli composers. Most of the works have in common a sadness that is expressed in some pieces as melancholy and in others as wrenching grief. Most are related to regional and national folk traditions and have a musical language (and titles and subject matter) that link them to the Middle East. The most impressive work is Neharót Neharót by Israeli composer Betty Olivero, an emotionally rich and musically multilayered lament for viola solo, accordion, percussion, two string ensembles, and tape that's powerfully engaging. Israeli composer Eitan Steinberg's evocative Rava Deravin, based on a Hasidic melody, is also compelling. The piece was written for Kashkashian and uses a string quartet accompaniment. In its expressive final section, the soloist's part alternates between the stratospherically high and the deepest extremes of resister, and the effect is haunting. Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian is represented by two original works and an arrangement of a lullaby by Armenian musician and folklorist Komitas Vardapet. His Tagh for the Funeral of the Lord is a subdued, soulful threnody for viola and percussion. Kashkashian's passionate investment in this material is evident in the focused intensity of her performances. The various accompanying ensembles, including Münchner Kammerorchester led by Alexander Liebreich in the Olivero; the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, led by Gil Rose in Mansurian's Three Arias; and the Kuss Quartet in the Steinberg, provide fervent and sensitive support. ECM's sound is characteristically impeccable: clean, clear, present, and ideally ambient.~Stephen Eddins



Reviews

Everything slips neatly into place for another excellent ECM album
Folk muisic colours from around the Middle East combine in a typically impressive ECM album. Read the full review at: http://www.classical-cd-reviews.com/2010/06/neharot-olivero-mansurian-komitas.html
Submitted on 06/23/10 by Gavin Dixon 
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Works Details

>Olivero, Betty : Neharót Neharót, for viola, accordion, percussion, 2 string ensembles & tape
  • Performers: Lea Avraham (Voice); Ilana Elia (Voice); Philipp Jungk (Percussion); An Raskin (Accordion); Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Conductor: Alexander Liebreich
  • Ensemble: Münchener Kammerorchester
  • Running Time: 16 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006-2007

>Mansurian, Tigran : Tagh for the Funeral of the Lord, for viola & percussion
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robyn Schulkowsky (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Vardapet, Komitas : Oror
  • Performer: Tigran Mansurian (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Mansurian, Tigran : Three Arias (Sung Out the Window Facing Mount Ararat), for viola & orchestra
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Ensemble: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Running Time: 19 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Steinberg, Eitan : Rava Deravin, for viola & string quartet
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003