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Giya Kancheli

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Morning Prayers (Morgengebete) from “Life Without Christmas” (1990)
Work Notes
available in the USA, Canada and Mexico only
Hans Sikorski Russian Works
Sub Category
Chamber Orchestra
Year Composed
24 Minutes

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  • Ensemble
    Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
    Natalia Pschenitschnikova (Flute), Vasiko Tevdorashvili (Voice)
    Dennis Russell Davies
    ECM New Series:
The Giya Kancheli, on the other hand, his "Morning Prayers" from Life Without Christmas - that's a keeper (or should be). Russian conductor Andrey Boreyko led the work scored, improbably, for strings, alto flute, piano, electric bass, and the taped sounds of organ and boy soprano. The orchestration belies the work's delicacy. You're not even sure what some of the sounds are or where they're coming from, so judiciously are these forces utilized. Like Barber's Adagio for Strings and Górecki's Symphony No. 3, "Morning Prayers" (from 1990) hovers somewhere on the emotional scale between quietly aching and crushingly sad. It references ancient sources - hymnlike material, a burst of baroque strings, a traditional piano tune. Like Thomas Adès, the Tbilisi-born Kancheli sifts through the ruins of Western music, rearranging broken shards to suit his purpose. Yet it's strikingly not of this earth - the sort of spiritual experience you might want to relive in a more pastoral setting, earbuds in.
Peter Dobrin , Philadelphia Inquirer,2/13/2010
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