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Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica Present Kancheli's “Chiaroscuro“ in Belgium and France

The string quartet with the picturesque name “Chiaroscuro” by Giya Kancheli was commissioned by the 9th International String Quartet Competition “Premio Paolo Borciani” 2011, at which the Georgian composer was on the jury.

This work for violin, string orchestra and percussion, which was given its world premiere in June 2011 in Reggio Emilia, Italy, will now receive its Belgian premiere on 25 January 2012 in Brussels. The soloist will be Gidon Kremer (violin), who will celebrate his 65th birthday in 2012, accompanied by the Kremerata Baltica. Two days later, on 27 January, follows the French premiere in Paris. There, too, Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica will present the work.

The term is borrowed from the field of art history. Here “Chiaroscuro” refers to a painting technique developed in the Renaissance and early Baroque which is specifically concerned with contrasts between bright and dark. Rembrandt, for example, was an early master of this technique. In some of his paintings, sections of faces represented are so darkened that one can hardly recognise the features.

25 January 2012
Brussels
Palais des Beaux-Arts, 8 PM
Belgian premiere: Giya Kancheli
”Chiaroscuro“ for violin, string orchestra and percussion
Gidon Kremer (violine)
Kremerata Baltica

27 January 2012
Paris
Salle Pleyel, 8 PM
French premiere: Giya Kancheli
”Chiaroscuro“ for violin, string orchestra and percussion
Gidon Kremer (violine)
Kremerata Baltica

 

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