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German Premiere of Giya Kancheli‘s “Chiaroscuro” for violin and chamber orchestra

On the final day of the 5th International Shostakovich Days in Gohrisch (19 to 21 September 2014), the Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica will perform the German premiere of Giya Kancheli’s “Chiaroscuro” for violin and chamber orchestra on 21 September 2014. Works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Dmitri Shostakovich will also be performed at the concert.

“Chiaroscuro” was first composed in 2010 as a work for string quartet. During the same year, Kancheli made a version for Julian Rachlin, for violin/viola and chamber orchestra, and one for Yuri Bashmet in 2011, this time for viola and chamber orchestra. Finally, the version of “Chiaroscuro” receiving its German premiere in Gohrisch and scored for violin and chamber orchestra, was written for Gidon Kremer, who performed the world premiere on 25 January 2012 in Brussels with the Kremerata Baltica.

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.

21 September 2014
Concert Tent, 5 PM
(Introduction to the concert: 4 PM)
German premiere: Giya Kancheli
“Chiaroscuro” for violin and chamber orchestra
Gidon Kremer (violin)
Kremerata Baltica


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