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Basle: World Premiere of Giya Kancheli's “Ilori“

Nikoloz Memanishvili's version for saxophone quartet and orchestra of Giya Kancheli's "Ilori" will receive its world premiere at the Stadt-Casino in Basle performed by the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet and the Sinfonieorchester Basel on 9 November 2011.

"Ilori" is a joint commission of the Basle Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic and the Kymi Sinfonietta. The adaptation was made at the instigation of the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, for which Kancheli already wrote his "Amao omi." The world premiere in Basle and the German premiere just three days later at the Dresden Frauenkirche will be directed by Dennis Russell Davies.

Giya Kancheli comments on his concerto work as follows:

"'Amao omi' (Senseless War) is the title of a poem by Washa Pshavela. This is how I named the original version of my work for saxophone quartet and chamber choir composed in 2005, three years prior to the tragic events (Caucasus War) in August 2008. I decided to give the new version for saxophone quartet and orchestra, adapted by the young composer Nika Memanishvili, the name of the Ilori Church because the feelings of regret and outrage expressed in this work correspond best to my emotions in view of the shameful deeds described above."

9 November 2011
Stadt-Casino, Musiksaal, 7:30 PM / Introduction by Roland Fleig (Hans Huber-Saal), 6:30 PM
World premiere: Giya Kancheli / Nikoloz Memanishvili
”Ilori“ for saxophone quartet and orchestra
Raschèr Saxophone Quartet
Sinfonieorchester Basel
Dennis Russell Davies (direction)

12 November 2011
Frauenkirche, 8 PM
German premiere
Raschèr Saxophone Quartet
Dresdner Philharmonie
Dennis Russell Davies (direction)


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