GIYA KANCHELI (b.1935): Letters to Friends for Violin and String Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 08V049
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Written (or recomposed and arranged) between 2016 and 2018, these are a series of 25 musical ‘letters’ each directed to a particular Georgian friend. Most of them are under three minutes in length, taking their material from themes written by the Kancheli for the film scores which he has composed throughout his career. Compared to his more celebrated concert works such as the symphonies and cantatas of often starkly imposing and monumental expression, these letters strike a more whimsical, often wistful tone. Andrea Cortesi (violin), Georgian Strings.