Magazine article New Internationalist

(Kancheli, Giya. Exil)

Magazine article New Internationalist

(Kancheli, Giya. Exil)

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IT IS OFTEN said, somewhat tritely, that exile is a condition that bears fruit in the arts department. In the case of Giya Kancheli you could argue that exile has been his musical liberation. A Georgian composer who left the then USSR some years ago for life in Western Europe, his work fits loosely into the dismissively-termed 'holy minimalist' genre of Gorecki, John Taverner and Arvo Part. Within a rigorous classical structure, Kancheli hints at folk motifs, orthodox liturgical music and an experimentalism that simultaneously reflects a Soviet training as well as a search for something beyond. In exile he was able to blend religious themes with both tonality and atonality.

Exil is a song-cycle which explores an internal sense of separation. Sung by soprano Maacha Deubner and scored for flute with a small string ensemble, the piece addresses the empty spaces which we all, at some time or another, visit. …

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