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Albums by Kim Kashkashian

Kurtág & Ligeti: Music for Viola
Kurtág / Ligeti: Music for Viola (24Bit)

Kim Kashkashian


“In a certain way the genesis of this record mirrors life”, says Kim Kashkashian. “You can't always make plans, you can't foresee how things work together. Sometimes, important events just come to you, element by element, piece by piece.” Following “Asturiana”, Kashkashian's recital of Spanish and Argentinian songs transcribed for viola and piano, “Neharót” is one of her most personal recorded statements to date. It offers a carefully composed programme that reveals underlying but all the more multi-faceted connections between three contemporary composers from Israel and Armenia. Their five pieces respectively based on traditional laments of the Near East, Armenian chant and Hasidic melody once again emphasise Kashkashian's extraordinary vocal expressiveness and deeply affecting tone. “What we hear in this music touches off resonances below the level of our acquired expeience”, writes Paul Griffiths in his liner notes. “Singing these songs, in a hybrid register that embraces male and female, Kashkashian's viola sings for us all.”

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