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Giya Kancheli
Little Imber

Nederlands Kamerkoor
Rascher Saxophone Quartet
Klaas Stok conductor
Mamuka Gaganidze voice
Zaza Miminoshvili guitar
Matrix Ensemble
Rustavi Choir
Children`s Choir
Giya Kancheli composer
 
Amao Omi
for mixed choir and saxophone quartet

Little Imber
for small ensemble, voice, children's and men's choirs

Recorded May 2006 and August 2003
ECM New Series 1812
 
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Two choral works by the great Georgian composer Giya Kancheli. “Little Imber” is a “site-specific” work, profoundly melancholic yet with a hint or irony, directly inspired by the English village of the same name, a ghost-town since it was evacuated and turned over to the US army for military manoeuvres in 1943. The piece is coupled here with “Amao Omi” (“senseless war”) whose phonetic text adds up to moving sound tapestry, underpinned by the subtle and supple playing of the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet.