Giya Kancheli - Chiaroscuro - ECM New Series 2442



Gidon Kremer’s relationship with ECM dates back to Arvo Pärt’s album Tabula Rasa. This was followed by several volumes of live recordings from the Lockenhaus festival. Kremer’s recording of the complete sonatas and partitas for unaccompanied violin by Bach, released in 2005 on ECM New Series, met with unanimous international acclaim. Kremerata Baltica which first appeared on ECM on Kancheli’s In l’istesso tempo made its official label debut in 2005 with a highly original interpretation of Schubert’s G-major string quartet. Their album of music of Mieczysław Weinberg was Grammy nominated. 

Founded in 1997 by Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica is a chamber orchestra comprised of young musicians from the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as a medium to share artistic experiences, and, at the same time, to promote and inspire the musical and cultural life of the Baltics. It is one of the outstanding ensembles in Europe and beyond.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja made her ECM debut playing Tigran Mansurian’s Romance and Double Concerto on Quasi parlando, released in 2014, soon followed by a much-praised account of the music of Galina Ustvolskaya. Kopatchinskaja was born in Chisinau, Moldova, and studied violin and composition in Vienna and Berne. In 2000 she won the International Henryk Szeryng Competition in Mexico. She has received awards for her complete recording of Beethoven's works for violin and orchestra, and the concertos of Bartók, Eötvös and Ligeti.

Giya Kancheli studied at the Conservatorium of Tbilisi with Iona Tuskiya from 1959 until 1963. In 1971 he became Music Director of the Rustaveli Theatre in Tbilissi, and wrote much music for theatre and for the cinema alongside his pieces for symphony orchestra. He moved to Berlin in 1991. In 1995 he was composer-in-residence of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic in Antwerp, ...


and subsequently based himself in Belgium as a freelance composer. 

His association with ECM dates from 1991, and the recording of his viola concerto, Vom Winde beweint. Many premiere recordings of his compositions have subsequently been made for ECM, and Chiaroscuro is the thirteenth New Series album to feature his music. It was recorded in Vilnius, Lithuania in December 2014, and produced by Manfred Eicher.