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Italian Premiere: “Styx” by Giya Kancheli in Verona

In the Teatro Filarmonico of Verona, one of the most famous opera houses in Europe, Giya Kancheli’s “Styx” for viola, choir and orchestra will given its Italian premiere on 11 April 2014.

The famous Russian violist Anna Serova will perform the concerto work together with the Orchestra of the Arena di Verona under the direction of the Canadian conductor Boris Brott.

Giya Kancheli increasingly saw himself confronted with the death of related or befriended people at the beginning of his sixth decade. When two composer friends of Kancheli died at the end of the 1990s (Avet Terteryan and Alfred Schnittke), this gave him the stimulus to compose “Styx” - created out of the existential desire not to let the connection to the dead be broken.

Kancheli dedicated his work to Yuri Bashmet: “I wanted Bashmet because the voice of his viola is able to unite the worlds of the living and the dead divided by the waters of the Styx. The viola is virtually predestined, by virtue of the richness of its timbres and its profound expressivity, to bring the souls reconciliation, peace and harmony.”

A further performance takes place one day later on 12 April 2014.

11 April 2014
Teatro Filarmonico, 8 PM
Italian premiere: Giya Kancheli
“Styx” for viola, choir and orchestra
Anna Serova (viola)
Orchestra of the Arena di Verona
Boris Brott (direction)


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