Cugate Classics is pleased to release the complete symphonic works of the Georgian composer Giya Kancheli plus “Light Sorrow” and “Mourned By The Wind”, all in newly remastered versions. Djansug Kakhidze conducts the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra. This edition gives us Kancheli’s Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7.
Giya Kancheli (1935 - 2019) was and still is the best-known Georgian composer, celebrated for his mastery of silence and his (deceptive) simplicity. Giya Kancheli’s career as classical composer started in the 1960s after first attempts with chansons and popular songs, his first symphony was accomplished and premiered in 1967 in Tbilisi, conducted by Djansug Kakhidze. Actually, as Kancheli emphasized repeatedly, many of his works were composed assuming that his close and lifelong friend Kakhidze will conduct them.
In total, Kancheli composed seven symphonies, the opera “Music For The Living”, the liturgy “Mourned By The Wind”, “Light Sorrow”, music for films and theatre plays and a number of chamber works like “In l’istesso tempo” (1997) or “Chiaroscuro” (2010), released on ECM and interpreted by Gidon Kremer.
Kancheli’s compositional approach is deeply rooted in the music of his Georgian origin and blends modern elements with a beautiful but deceptive simplicity, a melancholic tone and a captivating silence - qualities he shares with the great Arvo Part. But Kancheli developed his own musical idiom, and his death on October 2nd, 2019 is a great loss for the world of classical music. Cugate Classics honours the great Georgian composer with an selected CD program: all seven symphonies plus “Light Sorrow” and “Mourned By The Wind”, all in newly remastered versions and conducted by the critically acclaimed and award-winning Kakhidze.
”... a great musician of the modern age ...” Rodion Shchedrin
” ... the biggest philosopher among today’s composers ...” Volker Tarnow / Fono